Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Graduate Studies in Global Development

Global Development Studies offers a unique, interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree that builds from the Department's core strengths in the political economy of development and the cultural politics of development. By combining course-based learning with close supervision, the program provides students with key conceptual tools and broad thematic knowledge to undertake independent and critical research in a wide range of development issues. Students come into the MA Program from core social science disciplines such as political studies, sociology, geography, environmental studies, history, gender studies and economics.

  • Susanne Soederberg

    Susanne Soederberg

    How does corporate power shape geographies of dispossession in contemporary development?

  • Richard Day

    Richard Day

    What is likely to happen first: ‘progressive’ global structural change, or ‘degenerative' global fragmentation … and is it possible that the latter could be more desirable than the former?

  • Marcus Taylor

    Marcus Taylor

    How does contemporary climate change challenge us to profoundly rethink our ideas about humans, nature and development?

  • Villia Jefremovas

    Villia Jefremovas

    How do everyday people, indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups make ends meet in a neo-liberal world?

  • David McDonald

    David McDonald

    What do we mean by 'public' in a privatizing world and how do we build this into alternative models of development?

  • Marc Epprecht

    Marc Epprecht

    What do Africa's experiences of development teach us about forging solidarity for human rights, gender equality, sexual health, anti-racism, and environmental justice?

  • Paritosh Kumar

    Paritosh Kumar

    How we can cultivate an equitable and fair food system by breaking down barriers, challenging the corporatized food system, and redefining the  way we think about food?

  • Karen Dubinsky

    Karen Dubinsky

    How is colonial power held in intimate spheres?

  • Dylan Robinson

    Dylan Robinson

    What is the role of Indigenous song as law, and what are the ways in which Indigenous history and settler colonialism are represented in public space through different art forms?

Previous students within the program have undertaken research on a wide range of themes from issues of food security, aid policies and climate change to indigenous movements, health care provision and street children. Student research projects have also covered a wide range of geographical regions from Ontario to Bolivia, South Africa to Guatemala.

All students who are accepted enter into the one-year course-based option and have the option to apply to the two-year thesis based option.

If you have further questions after reviewing our website, please contact our Graduate Assistant.