Frank J. Tester, University of British Columbia

Associate Professor Social Work and Family Studies Vancouver, British Columbia ftester@socialwork.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-2255

Bio/Research

Frank Tester has been a Professor at UBC since joining the School of Social Work in 1990. He previously taught in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. Frank is interested in social and environmental issues in relation to colonial histories. He has lived and worked exten...

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Bio/Research

Frank Tester has been a Professor at UBC since joining the School of Social Work in 1990. He previously taught in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. Frank is interested in social and environmental issues in relation to colonial histories. He has lived and worked extensively in the eastern Arctic. His current research interests are centered in Nunavut. These include Inuit social history, the problem of young Inuit suicide and the social and personal implications of a severe housing shortage and overcrowding. He is currently researching the history of Inuit housing policy, the history of Inuit residential schools, is involved in a number of film projects, and is developing a project to introduce the concept of restorative justice in Mozambique.

Frank also works in east Africa and has been involved in projects focusing on indigenous land rights in Tanzania and the disarmament of the civilian population of Mozambique following years of internal conflict. He is interested in the work of non-governmental organizations and the evaluation of their efforts. A commitment to social justice and the use of critical social theory inform his work. Frank teaches social theory, community practice and international social development studies in the School. He currently chairs the Youth Justice/Family Court Committee of the City of Vancouver, enjoys sailing, carpentry and cabinet making, popular writing – poetry and prose - and has a small farm on Denman Island, British Columbia.



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