Faculty and Staff

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.

Evangelia 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.

Office: McNally South 427
Phone: 420-5884
E-mail 

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. 

Kate Ervine

Environment and development, political ecology, carbon markets, biodiversity conservation, market environmentalism
Office: McNally South 421
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.

Nilakshe Jayakody, Department Secretary
Office: McNally South 424
Phone: 902-420-5768
E-mail 

IDS Executive Committee

Marc Doucet

International Relations, International Political Economy, Global Social Movements
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Kate Ervine

Environment and development, political ecology, carbon markets, biodiversity conservation, market environmentalism
Office: McNally South 421
Phone:902-491-6224
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Gavin Fridell

The political economy of trade, global value chains, trade policy and politics, fair trade and global labour rights, global political economy, the political economy of coffee, commodities and food.
Office: McNally South 417
Phone: 902-420-5767
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Karen McAllister

PhD (McGill). Anthropology of Development, Environmental Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Southeast Asia, ethnic minorities, land and resource rights, agriculture, environmental conservation, resistance
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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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Henry Veltmeyer
(PhD, McMaster University) The political economy of international development, social theory, social movements, Latin American socioeconomic development

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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.

Andrés Arteaga
(Ph.D. U of Ottawa) Post-conflict scenarios, peace and reconciliation, historical memory and grassroots movements in Latin America
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Rosana Barbosa

(Ph.D., Toronto) Latin American History, Migrations and Brazilian-Canadian Historical Relations.
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Tony Charles
(Ph.D., British Columbia) Community conservation, coastal communities, small-scale fisheries, natural resource management and development, sustainable coastal development, sustainability indicators, Latin America and Caribbean
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Cathy Conrad
(Ph.D., Wilfred Laurier) Water security, environment and development, community-based environmental monitoring, food security, natural hazards, climate change, clandestine migration 
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Claudia Defuentes
(Ph.D., Universidad Autonomy Metropolitan) Systems of innovation, academy-industry collaboration, absorptive capabilities, science and technology policy; social innovation
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Marc Doucet
(Ph.D., Ottawa) International relations, international organizations, contemporary form of international intervention, and critical approaches to security
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Kate Ervine
(Ph.D., York University) Climate change mitigation, carbon markets, the political economy of global environmental governance, environment and development
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Gavin Fridell
(Ph.D., York University) Fair trade and free trade, the politics of coffee and other commodities, alcohol policy and politics, the political economy of trade and development, North-South relations
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Maria Gomez
(Ph.D., New York) The relationship between prejudice, violence and critical legal theory
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Sailaja Krishnamurti
(Ph.D., York University) 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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Rylan Higgins
(Ph.D., Arizona) Anthropology of food labour and marginality; social class, gender and consumerism; visual anthropology; engaged and public anthropology; Viet Nam
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James Morrison
(Ph.D., Ibadan) Oral History, Immigration and ethnicity
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Sonja Novkovic
(Ph.D., McGill) Economist, specializing in cooperatives, credit unions and development
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Adam Spires
(Ph.D., Alberta) Latin American studies, Dystopian studies, Chicano studies
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Evangelia Tastsoglou
(Ph.D., Boston) Gender and migration; gender and development; human rights; and refugees
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Lyubov Zhyznomirksa 
(Ph.D., Alberta) Migration studies, irregular migration, the politics of post-Soviet countries, European Union politics 
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Margaret MacDonald
ex officio (Ph.D., Oxford) Dean of Arts; Religious studies; women and Christianity; 
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Adjunct Faculty

Anupam Pandey
(Ph.D., Carleton University) Gender and development; method and theory in research; South Asia
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Catherine Baillie Abidi
(Ph. D., St. Francis Xavier) Educational Studies
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Cecil Ryan
(MA, Ph.D.-cand., OISE) Community human resource development; natural resource management; community economic development; educational planning
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David Black
(Ph.D., Dalhousie) Canadian foreign policy; comparative politics of development Africa;
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Edgar Zayago
(Ph.D., Zacatecas) Technology and development; nanotechnology and national development policy
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Mehmet Nuri Gültekin
(Ph.D., Ege University) Social change; sociology of the Middle East; social and political movements in the Middle East; sociology of literature
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Robert Huish
(PhD., Simon Fraser University) Global health; activism and social justice; North Korea; Cuba
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Ronaldo Munck
(Ph.D., Essex) Labour and development; Latin America
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Sandy Petrinioti
(PhD., Panteion University Athens) Mediterranean migrations; political economy of migrations; EU migration policies; labour mobility and development
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Shawna O'Hearn
(Ph. D., Waterloo) Geography
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Shiva Nourpanah
(Ph. D., Dalhousie) Social Anthropology
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