Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Graduate Studies in Global Development

An internationally-oriented and interdisciplinary program, the MA and PhD degrees in Global Development Studies provide advanced research training for students seeking to pursue careers in government, academia, development agencies, journalism, media, teaching, business and law. Combining political-economy perspectives with cultural analysis, our students pose key questions about equitable and sustainable development in a world beset by stark inequalities, political turbulence and pressing environmental challenges. With small classes and close supervision, we give students the tools they need to pursue interdisciplinary research projects on the topics that they are passionate about. At the same time, we ensure they build the core analytical and communication skills sought by employers in Canada and internationally. From the grassroots to the global, our students attain the skills and knowledge needed to make an impact in our increasingly connected world!

Our faculty are recognised as academic leaders in their fields and coordinate major international research projects in diverse countries such as India, South Africa, Cuba and Canada. They bring these active research experiences into the classroom, offering courses on topics ranging from development finance and trade, through to gender, climate change and beyond. We believe that this unique classroom experience combined with close supervision provides students with the analytical tools and thematic knowledge needed to undertake original research projects, either through a one-year degree or a two-year advanced programme involving field research. For students keen to further advance and apply their skills, we offer the next step in research training through our PhD programme in Global Development Studies. 

MA Degree         PhD Degree

  • 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?


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