Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

The full-time, part-time, associate and adjunct faculty in Global Development Studies 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.

Global Development Studies faculty members have a wide range of interests. Much of their work is focused on the study of the political economy of development and globalization. Within this broad framework, faculty have particular expertise in:  

  • Environment and Development
  • Trade and Development
  • Migration and Development
  • Labour and Development
  • Security and Development
  • Global Governance and Development
  • Global Political Economy

Department Chair

Gavin Fridell, Professor

Office: McNally South 417
Phone: 902-420-5767
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Graduate Program Coordinator

Kate Ervine, Associate Professor

Office: McNally South 421
Phone:902-491-6224
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Program Secretary

Nilakshe Jayakody,
Office: McNally South 424
Phone: 902-420-5768
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Executive Committee

Ali Bhagat, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D. Queen’s) The political economy of global displacement. Race and capitalism, global political economy, labour and development, identity politics, sexuality and gender, state capitalism, housing, post-structuralism, Marxism.
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Kate Ervine, Associate Professor
(Ph.D. York) Environment and development, political ecology, carbon markets, biodiversity conservation, market environmentalism
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Gavin Fridell, Professor
(Ph.D. York) Fair trade and free trade; international trade agreements; global political economy; critical development studies; psychoanalytic theory
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Karen McAllister, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D. 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, Professor
(Ph.D. Boston) 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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Graduate Program Committee

Students are encouraged to work with faculty from other disciplines who are part of the Global Development Studies 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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Maria Gomez
(Ph.D., New York) The relationship between prejudice, violence and critical legal theory
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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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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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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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Jean-Blaise Samou
(Ph.D., Calgary) Fictional historiography, (Post)colonial France, and the interactions between African literatures and other forms of cultural production such as film, television, painting, comics, popular songs, and social media
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Adam Spires
(Ph.D., Alberta) Latin American studies, Dystopian studies, Chicano studies
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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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Lyubov Zhyznomirksa 
(Ph.D., Alberta) Migration studies, irregular migration, the politics of post-Soviet countries, European Union politics 
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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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