International Development Studies Program

Current Students

Congratulations to IDS MA student Tobias Gerhard Schminke, for winning both the university-wide 2020 Govern General’s Gold Medal and the 2020 James Morrison International Development Studies Medal! For more on his research on “Labour-Centered Development and Decent Work: A Structuralist Perspective on Informal Employment and Trade Union Organizing in Uganda", see:

Congratulations to the International Development Studies Undergraduate Society (IDSUS) for their great work and much deserved recognition, being award Most Improved Society of the Year for 2020!


Dr. Fridell talks about fair trade at an IDSUS event in the fall.


Saint Mary’s has active undergraduate and graduate student societies that regularly organize events, campaigns, speakers, workshops and various activities on and off campus. The university has a range of dynamic student societies [hotlink to:] interested in a diversity of international and Canadian topics, groups, issues, and themes.


To get involved or ask for more information on SMU IDS student groups:


International Development Studies Undergraduate Society (IDSUS)


Brief Overview of Activities, 2017-18


International Development Studies Graduate Society



Past Students


IDS has nurtured in me the ability to pursue my dream of one day completing a PhD and starting my own non-profit, for that I can not thank you enough. My education at Saint Mary's has transformed my outlook on life, and provided me with opportunities I never knew were possible.

—Sara Singh, Class of 2011

Student Profiles

Christine Estrada
Sande Ewart
Nadine Miville
Julie Self
Brennan Vogel