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Chelsea Klassen

Chelsea Klassen

Sessional Instructor

Global Development Studies

Abbotsford campus, D3432

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Chelsea Klassen graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Development Studies and graduated with her Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her graduate research focused on the role of sport in women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. She has been an ambassador for Free to Run, an organization which supports women's sports in conflict zones, as well as volunteered in Afghanistan. In 2019, Chelsea worked as a consultant at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Laos focusing on alternative development. She is currently the lead researcher at the Community Health and Social Innovation Hub at UFV, where she enjoys applying from her international experience to researching issues spanning the local and global.


MA, Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK

“Bad Girls”: How the Inspiration Cycle Drives Women to Join Sports Development Programmes in Afghanistan


BA, Global Development Studies, University of the Fraser Valley

Teaching Interests

Chelsea has taught the following courses at UFV:

  • GDS 100- Introduction to Global Development
  • GDS 250- Sociology of Development
  • GDS 399C- Afghanistan: Conflict and Development

Research Interests

Chelsea’s research interests include Afghanistan, Gender and Development, Poverty, Conflict, and Community Based Research.


Klassen, C., Tatla, I., Raible, C., Jessiman, L.  & Beaulieu, L. (2023). After the Flood: Community Response & Recovery

Macmath, S., Britton, V., Silvia, A., & Novakowski, C. (2019). Examining student engagement during a project based unit in secondary science. Canadian Journal of Science, Math, and Technology Education.

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