More than 400,000 fishers, belonging to specific fisher castes, customarily depend upon the lagoon for their livelihoods. For my research project, which was based on Khirisahi Island, I analysed how they perceive and adapt to environmental changes.
Issues surrounding resources and sustainability, like water in developing countries, often require an interdisciplinary approach. Challenges related to water access are much more severe than in developed countries, due to factors such as rapid population growth, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of robust resource management policies. Compounding these challenges is an absence of appropriate theories and tools for knowledge integration to bridge the gap between resource management and research.
I learned about the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship from a friend of mine who was a Globalink alumnus. He told me about his experiences and encouraged me to apply to go to Canada in 2014. I was also motivated by the quality of research projects offered and the new educational, cultural, and life experiences I knew I could have.
I have been interested in visual anthropology and representations of cultural heritage throughout my degree. In discussions with my supervisor, Dr. Sara Shneiderman, I learned about the deep cultural histories of the Himalayan region, and I aimed to bring together my interest in visual anthropology with a field-based ethnographic study of a social phenomenon.
So far, my research has been conducted with software simulation and mathematical modeling; however, testbed implementation is more realistic and accurate.
Thanks to my home supervisor, Dr. Jianping Pan, I applied for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award to undertake a project with Dr. Ruonan Zhang at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in Xi'an, China. Dr. Zhang is a UVic alumnus: he received his PhD there and joined NWPU in 2010. One of his research areas is testbed development and implementation for wireless networks.
When Globalink Research intern Xiaoyang Li arrived in London, Ontario in early August, the first thing he noticed was London’s clean air and the difference in rush hour traffic compared to back home. Hailing from China’s Tianjin University, Xiaoyang is in Canada for 12 weeks working with a team of researchers in the Department of Computer Science at Western University on a project called “RoadLab.”
The sights and sounds of Ottawa in the summer are not to be missed, but for Globalink Research intern Yukun Huang, it’s the city’s night skies that he most looks forward to. Yukun’s fascination with space began at a young age with the purchase of his first telescope. Over the years that interest has grown, and has led him to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at China’s Harbin Institute of Technology with the hopes of one day working in the aerospace industry.
China’s civil infrastructure planners often face significant challenges when considering ways to encourage sustainable transportation methods for the millions of workers that commute between the country’s residential and commercial districts. For Chinese research intern Shuheng Zhu, the city of Winnipeg, Canada is providing a special glimpse into the complexities of public transportation planning on a much smaller scale.
Wendy Ortega Pineda is determined to do her part to make the world a more equitable place. As a law student at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico, Wendy has learned much about the profound differences between nations regarding access to basic resources, issues of discrimination, and justice for human rights violations. This summer, she is further enhancing her worldly perspective by taking part in a 12-week research internship at the University of Saskatchewan.