Alia Dharssi

Alia Dharssi



Sustainable Development Reporter, The Discourse

Alia Dharssi is the Sustainable Development Reporter at The Discourse, reporting on Canada's progress on and commitment to the SDGs. She joined The Discourse last fall, drawn in by the company’s membership-based journalism model and broader focus on under-covered stories that can help spark positive social change.

Alia earned an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford before launching her journalism career as a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in 2013. As the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellow at the Calgary Herald and the National Post, she spent a year producing an investigative series on immigration policy and the Canadian economy.  She has also covered global development issues for various outlets including The Guardian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and worked on projects to improve urban policies in India as a William J. Clinton Fellow at the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy in Bangalore.

“I maintain my motivation by drawing inspiration from and writing stories about people who are tackling social and environmental challenges,” explains Alia. She’s hoping to channel these stories to better elevate the level of public debate around sustainable development in Canada. When she’s not on the reporting beat, Alia enjoys dancing, baking and curling up with a good book.