W. R. Nadège Compaoré

W. R. Nadège Compaoré

Assistant Professor

Political Science

University of Toronto


Department of Political Science


W. R. Nadège Compaoré is an Assistant Professor, where she is also affiliated with the Munk School of Global Affair’s Environmental Governance Lab. From 2019-2021, she was the Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the department.  Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs with the University of Waterloo, a Research Analyst at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Science at York University.

Nadège’s work is anchored within International Relations (IR) and Comparative Politics scholarships, which guide her two main research foci:

  1. she studies the global governance of extractive industries and its implications for global environmental politics, by paying particular attention to the agency of resource-rich African actors, as well as the role of home states from the global north;
  2. she also takes a critical approach to knowledge production in IR, by locating gender and race dynamics in international politics.

Nadège’s research draws from extensive fieldwork in Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa, and has been funded by SSHRC, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Her work has been published in journals such as International Studies ReviewEtudes Internationales, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and Contemporary Politics. She is co-editor of New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave, 2015). Nadège’s current book project investigates the significance of the Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources principle for global discourses of legitimacy and responsibility, by focusing on processes of membership and compliance within the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She holds a PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

Research Interests:

  • IR theory,
  • Extractive Industries,
  • Global Environmental Politics,
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, 
  • African Politics, and
  • Gender & Race in Global Politics.