The Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
In 2014, The Simons Foundation combined endowments previously established to support the Simons Directorship in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, the Simons Professorship in Peace and Disarmament, and the Simons Professorship in Human Security to create the new Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at The University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.
The Simons Chair works to build a strong research and education program in global and human security, recruits and supervises the Simons Postdoctoral Fellow(s) and implement the Simons Student Policy Awards, and also teaches in UBC's Masters in Public Policy Program.
Professor M.V. Ramana, Ph.D., is the current Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security. His research is focused in the broad areas of international security and energy supply, with an emphasis on topics related to nuclear energy and fissile materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons. Professor Ramana is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India (Penguin Books, 2012) and co-editor of Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream (Orient Longman, 2003), and is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, the Canadian Pugwash Group, and the Global Council of Abolition 2000.
In 2018, The Simons Foundation also provided a grant to support the development of the UBC program in Disarmament, Global and Human Security and the establishment of the Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security; the Simons Undergraduate Research Assistantships; and the Simons Visiting Scholars Program.
For more information on the activities of the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security please contact the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at The University of British Columbia.