Prof. Jacobs (Ph.D. Harvard) specializes in the comparative politics of advanced industrialized democracies and in the politics of public policy, with particular emphasis on the welfare state. He currently teaches courses on comparative public policy and on qualitative research methods. Prof. Jacobs is the Acting Director for the UBC IES for 2013-2014.
Kurt Hübner is professor of European Studies and the Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute for European Studies at UBC. Central to Hübner’s research are topics of global and European currency regimes, international regimes of foreign direct investment, and the relations between innovation and sustainability. His latest research focuses on the economic and socio-political foundations of technical innovations in a transatlantic perspective. Currently he is working on a project on currency competition and currency co-operation, which analyses the relations between the US Dollar, the Euro and the Japanese Yen. Professor Hübner is the Director of the IES but is on sabbatical leave for the 2013-2014 academic year.