Resilience researcher. Landscape designer. Effecti, University of Toronto
With a background in landscape architecture, international development cooperation, and social impact measurement, Jia is interested in working towards improved quality of life for communities through design, performance measurement, and research. Jia is also a researcher at the University of Toronto working on translating resilience thinking to the field of landscape architecture.
For the past 11 years, her experience in international development cooperation in over a dozen countries in the global south included improving organizational and program effectiveness within non-governmental organizations and government agencies. She has worked with Plan International, the World Bank (Asia), Ministries of Health in Tanzania, Mali, Ghana, Bangladesh, as well as donors including Dubai Cares, Global Affairs Canada (formerly Canadian DFATD), Global Sanitation Fund, and African Development Bank.
In Canada, Jia has developed organizational effectiveness strategies for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and created a social impact measurement toolkit for Park People, a public space NGO.
MLA candidate, University of Toronto (expected 2018)
Hon. BA International Relations, University of Toronto (2004)
Key research Interests: Resilience thinking, landscape design, public engagement, evaluation