Junru Bian

Junru is a Master’s student in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. His research focuses broadly on the socio-political aspects of humanitarianism and development in contemporary international politics. More specifically, he looks into the operational factors that influence the efficiency of humanitarian relief and development programs both at the specific field and the broader international levels.

Junru holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Bishop’s University with an honours thesis focused on cash-based relief programming in post-emergency scenarios. He has previously served in humanitarian relief and development missions in Tajikistan (MSF, children under 15 diagnosed with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis), Mongolia (Mercy Corps, pastoral disaster risk reduction), Myanmar (Mercy Corps, community-driven development and Internally Displaced Persons protection) and, most recently, in Ethiopia (emergency nutrition for children under age five and pregnant/labouring women). He is fluent in Mandarin and English, with working proficiency in French and Russian.