Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed an interdisciplinary scholar in the field of Development Studies. She obtained her doctoral degree in Political Economy & Public Policy from the University of Southern California, USA and her BA and MA degrees in Economics from Jadavpur University, India. She was appointed full professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, in 2010.

Dr. Mukherjee Reed’s scholarly work, especially since 2008, has sought to contribute to theories of alternative development, with a focus on the theme of justice. The core idea that motivates her work is that justice is not simply a matter of distributing resources between groups, nations, or institutions; rather, justice requires altering the underlying processes that generate inequities and marginalizations. She has contributed to discourses in the fields of Development, Public Policy, Transitional Justice, Corporate Governance and Gender Studies. Her work on development has appeared in books (single-authored and co-edited), journals, research reports and in popular media and in multiple languages.

In 2003, Dr. Mukherjee Reed became the Founding-Director of the International Secretariat for Human Development (ISHD), an organization that she helped establish along with colleagues in Canada and Italy. ISHD’s main objective is to stimulate the production of new forms of knowledge for social change where disciplinary barriers are dissolved, and academic benefits of research are accompanied by concrete social benefits. Under her leadership, ISHD has collaborated with leading international institutions such as the International Labour Organization, Geneva; United Nations Office for Project Services, Rome; United Nations Development Program; and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva.

Dr. Mukherjee Reed current research projects aim to continue this work.  One project focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in contexts of overlapping marginalizations, and involves a case study of a women’s movement in Kerala, India. Currently under preparation, this study is selected as a contribution to the Knowledge Hub of the Task Force of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE). A second project focuses on the role of universities in an unequal and fractured world. At its initial stages, this project is being undertaken in collaboration with the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, as part of their research initiative entitled “Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization”.

Dr. Mukherjee Reed has undertaken many academic leadership roles during her career of over two decades at York University, Canada’s third largest university.  Most recently she was Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. This is the largest liberal arts Faculty in Canada with a vibrant community of 23,000 students, including 3,000 international students from 123 countries.  She also served as Associate Vice-President Research in 2014 and before that as the chair of the department of Political Science (2011-14).

Public engagement has always been an integral part of Dr. Mukherjee Reed’s scholarly work. In 2014, she appeared before the Committee on Human Rights of the Senate of Canada; she has written and commented frequently in the media and have been interviewed by the Toronto Star, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, BBC online, The Hindu, Radio France, TV Ontario, the CBC, OMNI TV etc.). She is a great believer in the power of culture and creativity to forge communities across geographic and other divides. An avid lover of poetry, Dr. Mukherjee Reed passionately promotes the works of Asia’s first Nobel Laureate, the poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. In 2016, she was named as one the five brilliant women from academia by Canadian Immigrant magazine in their Third Annual Tribute to ‘Immigrant Women of Inspiration’. In May 2016 she was honoured as a Pioneer of Change and for Excellence in Social Impact by Skills for Change, Canada. In 2017, Dr. Mukherjee Reed was a finalist for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.


Academic Initiatives


In 2014 the Okanagan campus completed a long-term, consultative visioning known as Aspire. The process was undertaken to develop a vision for the next phase of life for UBC in the Okanagan following the campus’ initial period of rapid growth and development. The results of Aspire will offer guidance for a variety of planning exercises that will be iterative and inclusive. The final report is available online here.

Learn more at the Aspire website

Provost Committees

Members of the Provost Committees are appointed by the Provost from the faculty, administrative and professional staff. The Provost determines the composition of these committees and accepts, modifies, or rejects all committee recommendations.


The Dean’s Council is advisory to the Provost. The mandate of the Council is to provide a forum for discussing academic issues such as program development, enhancing the academic infrastructure, etc. The council provides advice to the Provost on issues relating to teaching and research at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.


This committee is comprised of key stakeholders from academic and administrative units. It provides a forum for the optimal enrolment for the campus including recruitment, retention, and attainment of enrolment targets.


This committee brings together Associate Deans, Directors, and Senior Managers to discuss best practices, challenges, and opportunities to enhance our students’ academic experiences at UBC Okanagan.


Comprised of key stakeholders across campus, this committee is responsible for strategic guidance in relation to learning spaces and technology for the Provost Office and advises currently existing space committees.