Julian obtained his Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. He graduated from the International Studies and Modern Languages program, with distinction, in early 2008. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he lived and studied in Italy for a year, and spent many months traveling throughout Europe. He held several teaching and research positions in his final year, as an Italian T.A. to first year students, and as a research assistant in Anthropology/Sociology. He then participated in a research expedition to French Polynesia for a month in May 2007 with a small group from the University. Upon completion of his undergraduate courses, he worked for a multi-national corporation in Australia and traveled Oceania for 5 months. Julian speaks fluent Italian and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. He is a first year student at the IES and his research interests include EU Environmental policies, citizenship and identity issues, EU-Canada relations and global currency debates.