Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Global Actors and Community-level Security:
Developing Best Practices

(Partnership Development Grant - SSHRC)

In 2014 CIDP Director and International security expert Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky received a 3 year $199,944 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of only three professors to ever receive funding from the Partnership Development Grant in the program'™s four-year history. The project, Global Actors and Community-level Security, is to study corporate social responsibility practices within the mining industry.

The project’s aim is to improve standards of corporate social responsibility in the extractive industry by incorporating tools for security prevention, management, and resolution, to transform the way international businesses engage with local communities abroad. The research model proposed runs on the assumption that best practices should be developed in reference to the experiences and expertise of actors from different sectors (research, government, private, and not-for-profit). These different “communities” of stakeholders have intersecting interests and can now overcome structural impediments to cooperation because of new opportunities to connect digitally.

Our core goal is to develop a framework that considers economic prosperity and social justice as goals that are not mutually exclusive. It is an approach that is compatible with Canada’s international image, but that has not been consistently applied in the mining sector. This project will deliver original research to develop international best practices in the extractive industry, which take into account security risks. The project’s findings have the potential to drastically improve business strategy choices in Canada and internationally.

Project Briefing Notes

Policy Note - Garcia v Tahoe [PDF 72kb]

Briefing Note - Cyber Security and the Extractive Sector  [PDF 111kb]

Briefing Note - Examples of Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives [PDF 107kb]

Briefing Note - Illegal Sapphire Mining in Madagascar [PDF 99kb]

Briefing Note - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Management Initiatives [PDF 112kb]

Briefing Note - Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Mongolia [PDF 101kb]

Briefing Note - The River Movements in Mongolia [PDF 104kb]

Briefing Note - Mozambique Community Development Policy [PDF 98kb]

Briefing Note - Peru's Shining Path Extremist Group [PDF 97kb]

Case Study - DRC: Public/Private Partnerships as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative [PDF 102kb]

Country Profile - Guinea [PDF 165kb]

Country Profile - Madagascar [PDF 212kb]

Country Profile - Mongolia [PDF 201kb]

Country Profile - Mozambique [PDF 206kb]

Country Profile - Peru [PDF 186kb]

Country Profile - South Africa [PDF 186kb]

Country Profile - Uganda [PDF 212kb]

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Communities [PDF 108kb

Briefing Note - Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the events at the Marikana Mine [PDF 201kb]

Security Practices - Oil v Mining [PDF 259kb]

Defining CSR [PDF 181kb]

CSR Implementation Examples [PDF 178kb]

South Africa - Mining Issue [PDF 136kb]

Conflict Prevention and Responses [PDF 130kb]

Mine Policing [PDF 120kb]


Funding year



Year 1 (2014-15)

Knowledge exchanges and training

Partnership meetings and training seminars

Year 2 (2015-16)

Create a framework to integrate security dimension to CSR activities

Fieldwork in Guinea, Peru, Colombia and Mongolia

Year 3 (2016-17)

Disseminate findings

Publish final report and scholarly articles, start briefing stakeholders

Team Members

Project Director:

Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky, Queen’s University
Department of Political Studies
Tel: 613-533-6242
E-mail: svh@queensu.ca


Kim Nossal, Queen’s University
Department of Political Studies
Tel: 613-533-6000 x 78971
E-mail: nossalk@queensu.ca

Andrew Grant, Queen’s University
Department of Political Studies
Tel: 613-533-3120
E-mail: andrew.grant@queensu.ca

Jane Boulden, Royal Military College of Canada
Department of Politics and Economics
Tel: 613-541-6000 ex. 6742
E-mail: jane.boulden@rmc.ca

Frédric Mérand, Université de Montréal
Department of Political Studies
Tel: 514-343-7176
E-mail: frederic.merand@umontreal.ca

Samuel Tanner, Université de Montréal
School of Criminology
Tel: 514-343-6111 ex. 40567
E-mail: Samuel.tanner@umontreal.ca

Massimiliano Mulone, Université de Montréal
School of Criminology
Tel: 514-343-611 ex. 3646
E-mail: massimiliano.mulone@umontreal.ca

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