Michala Jansa completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016. Throughout her undergraduate studies she participated in multiple research projects on topics including interculturalism and immigrant integration, municipal/provincial tax-sharing agreements, and natural resource coalitions in northern communities. She additionally worked as a research assistant on behalf of Elections BC to conduct in-depth focus groups on the subject of youth political engagement.
After completing her degree, Michala joined Northern Development Initiative Trust as an economic development intern. This role presented the opportunity to work extensively with provincial agencies, local governments, First Nations bands, and non-profit organizations to promote economic growth and investment in northern British Columbia. During her time at the trust, Michala reviewed and revised successful grant applications for 49 projects with a combined value of over $13 million.
Looking forward, Michala plans to focus her research at the Balsillie School of International Affairs on the role of international organizations in resolving protracted intrastate conflicts. Specifically, she is interested in analyzing the extent to which these organizations can engage with civil society to more effectively pursue successful conflict resolution and peace-building initiatives.