International Development Studies Program

Research & Events

Gavin Fridell & Rylan Higgins “Trudeau's vaccine hypocrisy harmful to poorer countries
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, November 30, 2020

Research Expo 2020 

ECIDS 2020


SMU IDS hosts an annual Speakers seminar, one of the longest-standing of its kind in Canada, and IDS faculty organize a variety of workshops and events that change with the years. IDS students are also actively engaged at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in organizing campaigns, workshops, visiting speakers, and activities.  

Film Series 2018

Film Series 2018

Film Series 2018Isaac Berry and Abby Dooks, Co-coordinators of IDSUS, and Joey Pitoello, General Manager of JustUs! Coffee, give a talk at the public library on fair trade coffee in Nicaragua.


Previous Workshops and Events


“Cooperativism and Cuba‌”

Saint Mary's University, September 25, 2015


“Trade Workshop On World Integrated Trade Solution Software (WITS‌)”

Saint Mary’s University, February 6, 2015


“Unctad‌‌ Symposium on Industrial Policy in Latin America‌‌‌”

Saint Mary's University, September 25 & 26, 2015


“St. Vincent and the Grenadines Summer Field School”

Summer 2014 field school course for Master's students and 4000 level undergraduate students.


“Exploring the Millennium Development Goals‌‌” with Keynote Speaker, Paul Dewar, NDP Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs

Saint Mary’s University, 2014


“Alternative Trade: Critical Approaches & New Directions in Trade and Development‌‌”

Saint Mary’s University, November 1 & 2, 2013


“Free 2-Day Workshop on UN Comtrade Database”

Saint Mary’s University October 1 & 2, 2013


“Global Awareness and Perspectives (GAP) Project,”

Initiated in 2010 by the SMU IDS Undergrad Society, the GAP project introduces Nova Scotia High School students to world issues and critical thinking. For one day, usually in March, the IDS Society has invited high school students to join us at SMU for presentations and small group sessions on world issues. Past student presentations have focused on development issues related to mining, water scarcity, sustainability, global gender issues, environmental issues, conflict and more.