69 seconds with … Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega

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Spend 69 seconds with researcher, educator, consultant and Vancouver blogger Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega.

MEET Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega

Dr. Raul Pacheco-VegaDr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is a Vancouver-based researcher, educator and consultant in environmental politics and policy.

He has conducted research in the field of comparative environmental public policy with a regional focus on North America for over 10 years.

Raul is an Instructor in the Department of Political Science at The University of British Columbia and the Regional Director, Western Canada, for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP). Raul uses a variety of online platforms in his teaching and research and writes for a broader audience on his research blog.

He writes a personal blog at Hummingbird604.com. His personal blog was nominated to the Canadian Blog Awards in the Best New Blog, Best Personal Blog and Best Overall Blog categories in 2009.

(Photo: Gus Fosarolli)

01Your first job.
The first job I ever had was, not surprisingly, as my parents’ office manager. Well, I started as their minion, but with time, I ended up organizing their files, teaching their assistants how to deal with clients, and designing my parents’ logos. So I guess, the first one would be my parents’ personal assistant!

02The job you wanted as a child.
When I was a child, I really wanted to be a medical doctor. I am now a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies, and I remain interested in issues of health, but I now focus more on public health, environmental health. And besides, I really don’t want to see all that much blood anymore!

03Your hero.
By and large, my Mom. I adore my Dad, but my Mom has always been my hero and a source of inspiration. She raised five boys, did a PhD and continues to work to this day. She is a professor in a Mexican university.

04Your biggest indulgence.
Banana bread chocolate chip muffins. Love them.

05Favourite internet resource.
Love Twitter, and love my iGoogle. I don’t use Google Reader anymore. I declare internet bankruptcy way too often.

06What’s getting the most play on your iPod right now?
There is a song by M People called “What A Fool Believes”. It’s a remake of Doobie Brothers’ famous song, but this one is rather danceable.

07The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Mmmmm. I would want to say a hot someone to share the experience with but that’d be too cliché 🙂 I think if I had it my way, I’d have a warm place to sleep in, warm water for a shower and wifi. Yes, I need my laptop. I guess I’d be happy to trade the hot water for wifi 🙂

08Your last meal would consist of…
Ethiopian food. I absolutely love it.

09 Your biggest pet peeve.
People’s unreliability. If you say no, just say no, not “maybe… possibly… potentially”. I like my coffee black, my martinis strong and my friends dependable.

10 The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
I think nobody should ever miss the chance to walk along the seawall or in Deep Cove (North Vancouver)

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