Invited Residencies

Green College regularly hosts extended residencies for Canadian, Indigenous and international activists, architects, artists, composers, journalists, scholars, writers and others. Invitations to all Green College Invited Residencies are subject to a formal application process, and are initiated by a nomination by a UBC faculty member.

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Current Residencies

Yosef Wosk Indigenous Fisheries Scientist in Residence at Green College: Andrea Reid

Dr. Andrea Reid is a citizen of the Nisg̱a’a Nation and an Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. She has launched and is leading the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, working to build an inclusive hub for the study and protection of culturally significant fish and fisheries. She is an Indigenous fisheries scientist who employs community-based approaches and Indigenous research methodologies. Her freshwater and coastal research creates space for fishers, knowledge keepers, youth and other community members to be full partners in the research process. Together, they investigate: leading threats to aquatic ecosystems and their interactive effects for fish, people and place; consequences of fisheries-related stressors for fish and methods to ameliorate survival; Two-Eyed Seeing approaches to assessing aquatic ecosystem and fish health, and evaluating associated changes through time and space; and Indigenous understandings and methodologies for effectively stewarding fish and waterways.

Andrea Reid completed her BSc and MSc at McGill University, and her PhD at Carleton University, which centered on multiple stressor effects on wild Pacific salmon using tools and insights from Western and Indigenous sciences in tandem. This dissertation was recognized with the Governor General’s Gold Medal and University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work at the Doctoral Level in 2020. Reid is also a co-founder of Riparia, a Canadian charity that connects diverse young women with science on the water to grow the next generation of water protectors, a National Geographic Explorer and a Fellow of The Explorers Club.

Upcoming Residencies

French Scientist in Residence at Green College: Roenick P. Olmo

Dr. Roenick P. Olmo earned his PhD in bioinformatics from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in 2015, where he used molecular biology, virology and bioinformatics tools to study antiviral innate immune reponses in the vector mosquito Aedes aegypti. His work primarily centered on understanding why some mosquitoes are naturally resistant to being infected with medically important viruses that cause dengue, Zika and Chikungunya fever. Later, Roenick embarked on a postdoctoral experience in Strasbourg, France, at the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IBMC), were he investigated how insect-specific viruses (ISVs)—a distinct category of viruses that infects exclusively insects—can alter the transmission of medically important viruses during co-infection in mosquitoes. From October, 2023, Roenick has joined the CNRS UPR9022 unit at the IBMC/Strasbourg as associate researcher (chargé de recherche CNRS) and his ongoing projects are geared towards connecting the intricate molecular mechanisms of natural resistance to virus infections in mosquitoes, the link between mosquito anthropophilic behavior and immunity, and the development of strategies to curb transmission of mosquito-borne pathogens.

At UBC, together with the lab of Dr. Benjamin Matthews (Department of Zoology), Roenick aims to study the connection between the mosquito olfactory system and immunity, focusing on genetic changes that led to anthropophilia in the domestic Ae. aegypti aegypti and consequently the capacity to transmit viruses (a.k.a. vector competence). They will integrate the expertise of the Matthews laboratory in mosquito neurophysiology and genetics, together with his expertise in mosquito antiviral immunity, to identify and target relevant genes within the olfactory system that might affect immunity and antiviral responses in mosquitoes. This work will shed light in the connection between olphaction and immunity, and will certainly contribute to the development of new strategies to control arbovirus transmission by Aedes mosquitoes.

Roenick will be joining Green College in September 2024.

Current Residency Programs

French Scientist in Residence at Green College

The French Scientist in Residence at Green College, UBC, Vancouver is a scientific residency program launched in partnership with the Cultural and Scientific Office of the French Embassy in Canada for researchers based in France. The aim of this program is to facilitate and strengthen collaboration with academic researchers at UBC in scientific fields that are priorities for France and Canada, as defined at the first Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation between France and Canada in 2023.

This program is open to researchers working in the following areas:

Emerging Technologies: AI, quantum, societal impact, etc.
Health: One health, public health policy, genomics, etc.
Ocean and Polar Sciences: Oceanography, biodiversity, marine ecology, etc.
Energy: Renewable energy, net zero transition, sustainability, etc.

The call for applications for 2024 is now closed. 


John Grace Memorial Visitors in Residence

Thanks to a gift from Patricia Merivale, Professor Emerita of English at UBC, made in memory of John Grace (1943-2021), who as Dean of Graduate Studies oversaw the foundation of Green College, the College is in a position to support visiting scholars, writers, artists, musicians, journalists, social activists and other kinds of practitioners who take up residence at the College, sharing fully in the intellectual and social life of the community, for a period of at least four consecutive weeks. Such visitors are known by the title of “John Grace Memorial [role] in Residence.” The program was inaugurated in 2021-22 by Sara Barackzay as the John Grace Memorial Animator in Residence. 

Year Visitor
2024 Brendan Pelsue, John Grace Memorial Playwright in Residence
2023 Rea Beaumont, John Grace Memorial Composer in Residence
2023 Bridget Whearty, John Grace Memorial Book Historian in Residence
2022-24 Nataliia Ivchyk, John Grace Memorial Holocaust Historian in Residence
2022 Janice Haaken, John Grace Memorial Filmmaker in Residence
2021-2023 Sara Barackzay, John Grace Memorial Animator in Residence


Meredith and Peter Quartermain Poet in Residence

Following the donors’ wishes, this fund is used to support poets and others with an interest in poetry who are appointed as Writers in Residence at Green College. Preference is given to appointees from underrepresented communities, such as but not limited to persons who identify as women, people of colour, Indigenous or LGBTQ+. It is intended that, over time, appointees will come from a wide range of backgrounds. The role of Quartermain Poet in Residence at the College was inaugurated in 2021-22 by Margaret Christakos.


Writers in Residence

The role of Writer in Residence at Green College was inaugurated in 1999 by Lynn Coady. Since its inception, the College has hosted several talented writers for a one term stay.

Past Writers in Residence:

Year Writer
2023 Colleen Murphy
2021-2022 Margaret Christakos
2019 Daniel Canty
2018 Alison Wearing
2017 Anne Simpson
2015 Erin Moure
2012 Shyam Selvadurai
2011 Don Hannah
2009 Oana Avasilichioaei
2008 Patricia Robertson
2007 Andrea Spalding
2006 Merilyn Simonds
2005 Gary Geddes
2004-2005 Kevin Kerr
2003 Nalo Hopkinson
2002-2003 Karen Connelly
2001 Wade Compton
2000 Roo Borson
1999-2000 Lynn Coady


Past Residency Programs

The Supreme Court Justice in Residence

The Supreme Court Justice in Residence program was inaugurated in the 2000-2001 academic year. Under this program, a Supreme Court Justice would visit the College for one week, offering talks and participating in College events and activities.

The Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College

The Liu Institute for Global Issues and Green College hosted an influential scholar, activist, artist, leader or practitioner to locate at the Institute for a four-month period (from September to December or January to April), in order to participate in the intellectual and social life of a graduate residential college with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies. The position aimed at facilitating problem-based interdisciplinary research on global issues.

Past Liu Institute Visiting Fellows in Residence include:

2014-2015   John Krige, Kranzberg Professor of History, Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology 
2013-2014    Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project, Makerere University
2012-2013 Mojtaba Mahdavi, Political Science and Middle East Studies, University of Alberta 
2011-2012 May Haddad, Social Activist and Physician 
2010-2011 Wynet Smith, Coordinator and Natural Resources Expert, United Nations Security Council of Experts on Liberia (S/RES/1903 [2009])