Catherine Douglas

Sessional Lecturer (Continuing)

My current position at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics reflects a life-long interest in questions about human behavior, social structures, disparities in economic outcomes, and the course of history. The study of economic history, in particular, provided the perfect environment for me to explore theories and methods addressing such problems and continues to support the development of my current research and teaching interests.

My approach to teaching is based upon a view that students who actively engage with course material are more likely to not only enjoy their learning more, but to have a better understanding of relevant economic principles, their expression in the “real world,” and debates about the course of economic growth and development – whether in history or at present. This approach has been furthered more recently through the integration of community service learning and community-based research as a means by which students can deepen their understanding of such processes.

Ph.D. (DPhil) Thesis

Enclosure and Agricultural Development in Scotland.

Winter 2022

ECON234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations Sections

Historical approaches to long-run economic growth; international comparisons of income growth and inequality; colonialism; evolution of world capital markets; human migrations; rise of world trading empires; instability in the international economy. Credit will be granted for only one of ECON 234 or former ECON 334 (6). May not be taken for credit by students with fourth-year standing.

Winter 2022

ECON317 Poverty and Inequality Sections

Economic inequality in Canada and other countries; measurement and causes. Inequality in the distribution of wealth; redistribution of income and wealth; notions of distributive justice.

Winter 2022

ECON336 Economic History of Canada Sections

The growth of the Canadian economy in relation to development of natural resources, changing markets, industrialism, communications, and technology.

Winter 2022

ECON335 Fertility, Families and Human Migration Sections

Traditional fertility and mortality patterns, demographic transition, catastrophes, well-being and nutrition, international and internal migration, epidemics and growth spurts.

Winter 2022

ECON339 Economics of Technological Change Sections

Application of economic analysis to technological change; the impact of technological change on the growth and distribution of income; economic influences on the invention and diffusion of technology; the interaction between technology, work, skills, and education; public policy toward technological change.

Winter 2022

ECON364A The Economics of Sustainable Development: Communities, Markets and Technology - COMM, MRKTS, TEC Sections

Applied research and seminars on topics of concern to economists and communities located both locally and internationally. Environmental sustainability, sustainable livelihoods, development effectiveness, institutions, agency, ethics, and well-being. Theoretical approaches, case studies, and community-based learning.