International Development Studies Program

Faculty and Staff

SMU-IDS full-time, part-time, associate and adjunct faculty bring scholarly and practical field experience to their respective research areas. Many faculty have well-established international reputations as both development scholars and development practitioners. The IDS Program is home to the Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies, a position filled by Dr. Gavin Fridell.

IDS faculty members have a wide range of interests. Much of their work is focused on the interdisciplinary study of the political economy of development and globalization. Within this broad framework, SMU-IDS has particular expertise in:   

  • Labour and Development
  • Environment and Development
  • Migration and Development
  • Security and Development
  • Global Governance and Development
  • Education and Development
  • Cooperatives and Development

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

The IDS Undergraduate Coordinator is responsible for undergraduate student inquiries concerning the program.

Dr. Evangelia (Evie) Tastsoglou
Office: McNally South 427
Phone: 420-5884
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Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate students requiring academic advice should consult with the IDS Graduate Coordinator.

Graduate students who have selected a thesis supervisor should consult with the supervisor for all academic matters relating to their thesis.

Dr. Kate Ervine
Office: McNally South 203
Phone: 902-491-6224
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The IDS Program Secretary is responsible for providing administrative support to the IDS Coordinators and IDS Faculty, in addition to providing information to students about registration, declaration of majors, and similar academic matters relating to the IDS Program.

Jenny Harrison
Office: McNally South 211
Phone 902-420-5768
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IDS Executive Committee

Dr. Suzanne Dansereau
Labour, popular organizations, mining industry, Africa
Office: McNally South 202
Phone: 902-420-5793
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Dr. Marc Doucet
International Relations, International Political Economy, Global Social Movements
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Dr. Kate Ervine
Environment and development, political ecology, carbon markets, biodiversity conservation, market environmentalism
Office: McNally South 203
Phone:902-491-6224
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Dr. Gavin Fridell
Fair trade and free trade, the politics of coffee and other commodities, alcohol policy and politics, the political economy of trade and development, the political economy of food and agriculture, global political economy, North-South relations
Office: McNally South 207
Phone: 902-420-5767
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Dr. Rylan Higgins
Anthropology of food labour and marginality; social class, gender and consumerism; visual anthropology; engaged and public anthropology; Viet Nam
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Dr. Anthony H. O'Malley
Latin America, Theory/Policy nexus, ideology and culture, politics of environment, community and structure
Office: 883 Robie Street, room 203
Phone: 902-491-6221
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Dr. Sonja Novkovic
An economist specializing in cooperatives, credit unions and development
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Dr. Evangelia (Evie) Tastsoglou
Feminist and intersectional perspectives on women, gender and various aspects of international migration; Canadian immigration and integration; violence and migration; citizenship and belonging; transnationalism and diasporas; migration and development.
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IDS Emeritus

Dr. Henry Veltmeyer 
Theory and practice of development, globalization, transnational corporations and the world economy, development and class, Latin America and the Caribbean
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IDS Program Committee

Students are encouraged to work with faculty from other disciplines who are part of the IDS Program Committee, many of whom have well-established international reputations as development scholars and practitioners.

For the CVs of any IDS faculty or Program Committee members, please email the person directly requesting the same.

Dr. Andrés Arteaga
Post-conflict scenarios, peace and reconciliation, historical memory and grassroots movements in Latin America
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Dr. Rosana Barbosa 
Latin American, American, Caribbean and European history
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Dr. Tony Charles
Natural resource management and development, fisheries management, aquaculture development, sustainable development, Latin America, Southeast Asia, China
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Dr. Cathy Conrad
Water security, environment and development, community-based environmental monitoring, food security, natural hazards, climate change, clandestine migration
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Dr. Claudia Defuentes
Systems of innovation, academy-industry collaboration, absorptive capabilities, science and technology policy
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Dr. Maria Gomez
The relationship between prejudice, violence and critical legal theory    
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Dr. Sailaja Krishnamurti
Histories and cultures of South Asian migration, pedagogies of religion and politics in the South Asian diaspora, religion and race in contemporary popular culture and youth culture, feminist theory and intersectionality in religious studies, religion, colonialism, and migration in Canada
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Dr. James Morrison
South East Asia, West Africa
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Dr. Adam Spires
Latin American literature, Dystopian studies, Chicano studies
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Dr. S‌heldon Wein 
Ethics and justice
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Dr. Lyubov Zhyznomirska
Migration studies, the politics of post-Soviet countries, European Union politics
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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. W‌alden Bello
Globalization and Development 
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Dr. David Black
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Dr. Paul Bowles
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Dr. John Cameron
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Dr. G. Foladori
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Dr. John Kirk
Latin American politics, history and culture. Cuba-Canada relations
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Dr. Ronaldo Munck 
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Dr. James Petras
Latin American social movements, political economy of development
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Dr. Lorna Read
Children and Development
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Dr. Cecil Ryan
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Dr. Larry Swatuk
Water resource utilization, allocation in developing countries
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Dr. Teivo Teivainen
Democratization and global transformation, dynamics of the World Social Forum, politics of development
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Dr. Juan Tellez
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Dr. Darcy Tetreault
Indigenous sustainable livelihoods, pathways out of rural poverty
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Dr. Joseph Tharamangalam
India development issues, sustainable standards of living, sociology of development
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Shane Theunissen 
Education and Development
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Dr. Raúl Delgado Wise
Migration and transnational population, Mexican/American immigration/migration

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Dr. Edgar Zayago Lau
Technology and development, technology transfer
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Program Associates

The IDS program has a number of associates who make regular visits and contribute to the program:

Dr. Manfred Bienefeld
Professor of Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa
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Dr. Michel Chossudovsky
Professor of Economics, Université d'Ottawa
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Dr. Michael Clow
Professor of Sociology, St. Thomas University, New Brunswick
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Dr. J. Colin Dodds, ex-officio, Ph.D. (Sheffield)
International finance and business, NAFTA, financial markets in the Pacific
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Dr. Kari Levitt
Professor Economics, McGill University, Montreal
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Dr. Sam LanFranco
Professor of Economics, York University, North York, Ontario
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Dr. Tony Winson
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
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