Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Dr. 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 governance issues 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 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), and New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (with W.R.N. Compaoré and M.I. Mitchell, Palgrave 2015). His publications on conflict diamonds and the Kimberley Process, 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, 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 a Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, a Faculty Associate with the Queen’s Southern African Research Centre, and 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. A former Executive Council member of ISA-Canada, he currently Chairs the ISA Committee on Virtual Engagement, and serves on the Executive Council of the International Political Science Association Research Committee #40 (New World Orders) and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Regional Security and Extractive Industries and Society. Dr. Grant has also advised Canadian, American, British, and German policy-makers on topics ranging from the Kimberley Process and conflict diamonds to humanitarian responses and international engagement in fragile states to the politics of identity formation among non-state armed groups in Africa.

  • B.A. Dalhousie University
  • M.A. Dalhousie University
  • Ph.D. Dalhousie University

Current Interests/Research:

  • African politics: diamond mining, human security;
  • Global governance, regionalism and regionalization;
  • Natural resources and civil conflict, secessionist movements;
  • PostConflict Reconstruction and Transitional Justice.


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