Christian Barborini (they/them)

UBC MSc Student

Christian Barborini (they/them) is a CGSHE Trainee and an MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Work Learn Graduate Academic Assistant at the BC Centre on Substance Use. Christian’s research, co-supervised by CGSHE Faculty Dr. Rod Knight and Dr. Mark Gilbert, focuses on cannabis use in relation to the gender experiences of trans and non-binary youth. This work involves exploring the role of cannabis in facilitating gender exploration, gender euphoria, and the challenging of gender norms in society. Prior to UBC, they completed their Honours BSc at McMaster University in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. In addition to their science background, Christian’s research is informed by their years of experience working and organizing within 2S/TLGBQIA+ community. They are committed to approaching their research from an intersectional, community-based lens that accounts for various forms of marginalization experienced by 2S/TLGBQIA+ youth who use substances.