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  • Nicholas Barber: Environmental Policy

  • Nicholas Barber
    “I was drawn to The New School because it was based in New York City, and I could interact with the city's range of international NGOs, intergovernmental institutions, global companies, and, specifically, the UN System.”

    Nicholas Barber (MA International Affairs ’09) was working on an HIV/AIDS Project in Lesotho, Africa, when he decided to return to school. He knew he wanted to study International Affairs but wasn’t sure if he wanted pursue a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. Because of its flexible options, The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs was the perfect fit.

    “I was particularly attracted to the International Affairs program’s thesis and practicum options, which allowed me the flexibility to choose whether I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. later on,” Barber says. “I was also drawn to The New School because it was based in New York City, and I could interact with the city's range of international NGOs, intergovernmental institutions, global companies, and, specifically, the UN System.” 

     

    While studying at The New School, Barber gained a critical and theoretical perspective on international problems. He immersed himself in field-based learning through the International Field Program (IFP) where he traveled to Brazil to work with Viva Favela, a Rio de Janeiro-based NGO. Barber used the valuable, hands-on experience working in media production and editing in Brazil as the basis of his thesis, which focused on participatory video. Following his time at The New School, Barber went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at McGill University.

     

    Barber currently works as a Policy Analyst with the G7 Task Team at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Working within the International Affairs branch, he is responsible for delivering on Canada’s agenda on climate change, oceans, and clean energy during its 2018 G7 Presidency. 

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