Policy Talks Lecture Series

Policy Talks

The Year in Elections: Research from the Electoral Integrity Project

Feb 11, 2022
12:00 PM ET
(via Zoom)

Holly Ann Garnett (Royal Military College of Canada / Queen’s University)
Toby S. James (University of East Anglia)
- Co-Directors of the Electoral Integrity Project

Recent events, from the controversies surrounding the 2020 US Presidential election, to discussions of democratic backsliding across the globe, have highlighted the importance of electoral integrity to democracy and future of global and international political systems. The Electoral Integrity Project will present new data about the quality of elections around the world 2018-2021. The presentation with provide an overview of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity Index methodology and highlight key strengths and weaknesses in the electoral cycle. It will conclude with a discussion of the major challenges facing elections into 2022 and reflect on our conceptions of democracy and electoral integrity today.

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The Global Governance of Migration: Towards a ‘Messy’ Approach

Feb 4, 2022
12:00 PM ET
(via Zoom)

Anna Triandafyllidou
Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University,

This talk engages critically with the emergence of a global governance regime today, particularly through the Global Compacts. The paper questions why and how the global governance of migration is emerging today under a blueprint that emphasizes orderly, safe, regular flows when the reality is that most flows are disorderly, unsafe, and partly regular or indeed largely unauthorized. The talk discusses how the global governance of migration is inscribed in the paradigm of risk society and why we need to go beyond this paradigm acknowledging complexity and uncertainty, arguing that we need to rethink migration governance as messy.

Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto since 2019. She was previously based at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she held a Robert Schuman Chair on Cultural Pluralism in the EUI’s Global Governance Programme. She is Editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. Her recent publications include 'Rethinking Migration and Return in Southeastern Europe' (with E. Gemi, Routledge, 2021) and two edited volumes: the 'Routledge Handbook on the Governance of Religious Diversity' (2020, co-ed. with T. Magazzini) and 'Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe' (2020, with S. Spencer, Springer Open).

For more information on her work, please visit: www.ryerson.ca/cerc-migration and www.annatriandafyllidou.com

Co-presented with:

Migration Speaks from the Department of Global Development Studies, Queen's University

COVID-19 and Public Policy: 3.0

WATCH VIDEO (recorded: Jan 27, 2022)

Queen’s School of policy Studies is pleased to host its third expert panel discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost two years to the day since the first session, and one since the second, our panelists will focus on the evolution of our understanding of SARS CoV-2, the Public Health Policy framework applied to addressing the pandemic it has caused and the direct and indirect effects of the public policies adopted to mitigate its impact.


  • Dr. Gerald Evans
    Professor of Medicine, Chair, division of Infectious Diseases, Queen’s University; director of infection prevention and control Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. Kieran Moore
    Chief Medical Officer of Health, Province of Ontario. Professor, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, Queen’s University
  • Dr. Samantha Buttemer
    Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences and Policy Studies; advisor to Queen’s University on COVID-19
  • Dr. David Walker
    Professor, Emergency Medicine and Policy Studies; Special advisor to the Principal on COVID-19;
    Former Board Chair, Public Health Ontario and chair, Ontario’s Expert Panel on SARS

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