CSDI Policy Communications Workshop - Policy Reports

November 10, 2023, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

This workshop is part of the CSDI Policy Communications Clinic!

Offered by: 

UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI), Knowledge Exchange Unit, Graduate Pathways to Success


Hybrid: UBC C.K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall) or Zoom

Vina Nadjibulla and Kshitij (KJ) Sharan will lead an 80-minute hybrid workshop on policy reports and their use in policy communications and advocacy.

Policy reports are used as a resource by stakeholders including policy makers, bureaucrats, non-profit professionals, policy advocates, and academics. We will discuss how to create and disseminate effective, inclusive and powerful policy reports. The workshop is open to students, faculty, and staff at UBC.

Topics will include:

  • Writing for international organizations
  • Policy reports vs academic articles
  • Structure, formatting, and design
  • Writing tips for policy impact

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Vina Nadjibulla is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Senior Research Fellow at the Soufan Center and a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. As an international security specialist, Vina has over two decades of professional experience in diplomacy, advocacy, policy making, and political risk analysis working with the United Nations and various non-profit organizations. Vina’s current research at UBC is focused on arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations, Canada-China bilateral relations and exploring Canadian policy options in the Indo-Pacific region in the context of growing US-China geopolitical competition. Vina holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and is fluent in English, Russian and Farsi and speaks intermediate Mandarin Chinese. Born in the Soviet Union, raised in Afghanistan, and educated in the United States, Vina has also worked and lived in Kenya, Tajikistan and China.

Kshitij Sharan is the Head of Strategy and Operations at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) at UBC. He has a Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs from UBC and a BA in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. His work has ranged across sectors of education, water and sanitation, menstrual hygiene, gender equity, child protection and social entrepreneurship. He has been a founding member of medium to large scale non-profits and social enterprises in India, which has allowed him to engage deeply with decision-makers including ministers, parliamentarians, CEOs and communities. He was a founding member of one of India’s largest digital advocacy organizations, Global Citizen India, which  uses the collective voice of the youth to hold decision-makers accountable and accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. Kshitij has also managed a political campaign during the 2019 Indian National Election and led strategy for an anti-trafficking organization in India. He is a Khemka Fellow, a StartingBloc School of Social Innovation Fellow and a Fellow at the Global Social Change Leadership Institute at the Wagner School of Public Service, New York University. For more, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/kshitij-sharan-229ab9104/.


Registration is managed by Graduate Pathways to Success. Please check their website for details. 


Registration is open to current UBC graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members and staff. After registering, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at graduate.pathways@ubc.ca.

Please email us if you are registered and are no longer able to attend this event.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email graduate.pathways@ubc.ca, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.


We are located across UBC Point Grey and Robson Square Campus. Learn more about our locations

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey and Robson Square campuses are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

About us

The UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit builds capacity among researchers, students and staff across disciplines to develop and share impactful knowledge through connections and exchange with communities, government, not-for-profit organizations and the general public.

We are a part of Innovation UBC in the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) portfolio

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