Dr. Andrew Grant

J. Andrew Grant

Associate Professor

Department of Political Studies



Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C424


Dr. J. Andrew Grant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He is the recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation for work on conflict and cooperation in natural resource sectors. Dr. Grant has been a Visiting Scholar/Researcher at Northwestern University, USA, and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. During his doctoral studies, he served as an intern at the Campaign for Good Governance in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

Dr. Grant is author/co-author of more than 50 refereed papers, including articles that have appeared in scholarly journals such as International Affairs (Ranked #1 among 94 IR journals in 2020; Impact Factor 7.910), International Studies Review (IF 4.342), International Studies Perspectives (IF 2.667), International Journal (IF 2.867), Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (IF 0.800), Contemporary Politics (IF 1.699), Land Use Policy (IF 6.189), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 11.072), Extractive Industries and Society (IF 3.808), and Resources Policy (IF 8.222). He is editor of Darfur: Reflections on the Crisis and the Responses (CIR / CIDP 2009) and co-editor of The New Regionalism in Africa (with F. Söderbaum, Ashgate 2003), The Research Companion to Regionalisms (with T.M. Shaw and S. Cornelissen, Ashgate 2012), New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (with W.R.N. Compaoré and M.I. Mitchell, Palgrave 2015), Corporate Social Responsibility and Canada’s Role in Africa’s Extractive Sectors (with N. Andrews, University of Toronto Press 2020), and Natural-Resource Based Development in Africa: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? (with N. Andrews and J. Salah Ovadia, University of Toronto Press, 2022). His publications on conflict-prone minerals, non-state armed groups and regional security, post-conflict reconstruction in fragile states, and governance issues relating to natural resources have been funded by research agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the British Academy-Association of Commonwealth Universities. He conducts field research on a regular basis in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. 

Dr. Grant is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University. In 2017, he served as the International Studies Association (ISA) Program Chair for some 6,000 participants attending the 58th annual conference, which is the most important scholarly gathering in his field. A former Chair of the ISA Committee on Virtual Engagement, he was recently elected to serve as an ISA Executive Committee Member-at-Large as well as President of ISA-Canada. 

  • B.A. (HONS 1st class) University of Calgary 
  • M.A. University of Calgary 
  • Ph.D. Dalhousie University 

Current Interests/Research: 

  • African Security, Regional Security, Human Security; 
  • Global Governance, Regionalism and Regionalization; 
  • Conflict and cooperation in natural resource sectors; 
  • Agential Constructivism and IR Theory.