RPD Student Profile - Angela Asuncion
Angela’s (she/her) home town is Mississauga, Ontario. Angela completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Guelph in Environmental Management and is now completing a Master’s degree at the University of Guelph in Rural Planning and Development in International Development Studies.
As a first year RPD student, Angela has been working on the SSHRC-funded project ‘Global Minerals Local Communities’ under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Brunet. Angela’s research aims to address key gaps in our understanding of corporate social responsibility practice at the nexus of Canadian multinational mining corporations and resource-based communities in the Philippines. Currently, Angela is working on understanding institutional diversity and policies in trans-national mining practices at the local, national, and international levels. This research area directly aligns with Angela’s interests in strengthening socio-ecological systems in marginalized communities, in Canada, and across the world.
Beyond research, Angela is interested in emphasizing local narratives in research, sensitizing policy to community perspectives, and holding corporations accountable to the impacts of their operations. Angela’s hope is for this research to act as a catalyst in actualizing positive environmental and social change whilst developing innovative solutions that reinforce resiliency in communities.
Follow Angela on Twitter at @angelactivist. Check out the Rural Planning and Development webpage for more details on our graduate programs.