DVST brings together a team of nationally and internationally recognized academics working in the interdisciplinary field of development across various regions of the Global South. Beyond its core faculty, the program draws together a remarkably large number of York scholars who study and teach various aspects of development.
As active researchers, they have strong connections to the regions and communities within which their research takes place and are engaged in international academic, institutional, and civil society networks that promote North-South and South-South research collaboration and knowledge mobilization. Some of our partners from the non-governmental sector have been guests in DVST graduate classes, as well as part of our graduate seminar series and co-sponsored events. In Canada, our colleagues bring leadership to Development Studies and Area Studies Associations, along with their commitment to disciplinary associations. At York, they are involved in various research networks and occupy leadership positions in several Research Centres.
International Political Economy; Globalization; Postcolonial Feminisms; Gender and Development; Discourses of Women’s Rights and Empowerment; Development Theory and Human Rights; Sub-saharan Africa
State–Civil Society Relations, Social Movements, Socio-environmental conflicts, Forced Displacement, Social Capital, Participatory Decentralization and Local Governance, Democratization, Latin America.
CHIN, Gregory T.
Political economy of developing countries (China and Brazil); global governance reform; new modes of regional cooperation; collective action of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa); development finance and international monetary affairs.
Social age mainstreaming; intersection of migration and development policy; epistemology, ethics and methods of conducting research in development; conflict and migration contexts; the political participation of migrant children and young people; the intersection of migration and conflict in the African Great Lakes region.
Development studies, political economy, technology, nature, population, production relations, globalization and rural labor, state-society relations including state's developmental interventions, state theory, social capital, social movements, production of spatial forms of class and non-class social relations, South Asia.
(Ph.D., Education, University of Toronto)
Don Dippo is a University Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. Together with Professor Wenona Giles, he co-directs the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project (http://www.bher.org ), a Global Affairs Canada funded initiative designed to bring post-secondary education opportunities to people living in the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit, community-based organization that supports high school age youth in Toronto's Jane/Finch community.
Urban geography, social life of non-Western cities, gender and geography, urban society in Vietnam, geography of urban Southeast Asia, Asian popular culture, development geography, gender in developing societies.
Anthropology of medicine and biosciences; political economy of pharmaceuticals, biopolitics of medical research with postcolonial communities; politics of global health and humanitarian interventions; cultural politics and poetics of transnational clinical trials in Kenya; postcolonial studies, science and technology studies, and cultural anthropology. I explore the unintended and unexpected effects of medicine, scientific intervention and aid with postcolonial communities in Canada and Kenya.
(Ph.D. Political Science, York University)
Indigenous Self-governance, Intercultural E-learning Programs, Territorial Autonomous Regimes, and Small-scale (artisanal) Fisheries in Latin America.
Ricardo Grinspun is associate professor of Economics, a fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), and one of the initiators of the University Consortium on the Global South at York. He specializes in questions of development and international trade, hemispheric integration, and globalization in the Americas. He is a former director of CERLAC and has directed several large scale international development projects, including now a CIDA-funded linkage project with Chilean partners on agroecology and sustainable rural development. He is co-editor and co-author of four books and one briefing paper series, and the author of more than 40 scholarly articles and technical reports. He is now co-editing and co-authoring a volume for McGill-Queen’s University Press on “deep integration” in North America.
Cultural politics of environment and development, postcoloniality, third world feminisms, and social movements, extensive ethnographic and archival research in one of the internationally known hotbeds of environmental movements – the land of Chipko, in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, India and critical exploration of the cultural production and representation of nature, environmentalism, place, gender, and identity.
Prof Giles is a research associate of the Centre for Refugee Studies and an Anthropologist at York University, who has taught and published in the areas of forced migration, refugee issues, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, work, globalization, and war. She co-led the international Women in Conflict Zones Research Network, including a comparative study in Sri Lanka and the Post–Yugoslav States; recently completed research on long-term refugee situations in Iran and Kenya; and is now leading an international collaboration to bring higher education degree programs to long term refugees in the Dadaab camps, Kenya.
VIDEO:Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project
International migration from Latin America and the Caribbean to North America and from Africa, Latin America and Asia into Europe; the impact of out-migration on sending communities; the informal economy in Latin America; social movements and their intersection with political parties; women’s movements; peasant mobilizations.
HOSSEIN, Caroline Shenaz
Poverty, Africa and its diaspora, Black politics, Social economy and intersectionality, NGOs and aid agencies, Community economic development, Micro/small business, Microfinance, Social capital, Remittances, Micro-insurance, Business elites, Women, gender and feminism, Non-profits, ROSCAs, Self-help groups and Social enterprises, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Grenada, Benin, Niger, DR Congo, Togo. She also has 10 years of work and living experience in Africa, mostly Francophone Africa in financial and business development.
Hyndman’s research traverses political, economic, cultural and feminist dimensions of migration, focusing on people's mobility, displacement, and security. Her scholarship is particularly concerned with the dynamics of conflict and disaster that create refugees and internally displaced persons, as well as international humanitarian responses to such crises. Recent work examines the intersection of conflict with the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Aceh, Indonesia, as well as the geopolitics of international aid in these locations. Her work also includes geographies of refugee settlement, exclusion, containment, and the production of 'securitized' space both in the Global South and in North America.
ON LEAVE - August-December 2015
National development and modernity in Africa; economic displacement; development, inequality and poverty; development ethics; the politics of ethnicity; development and cultural production in Africa; and the politics of AIDS in Africa.
ON LEAVE - July 2015 - June 2016
Professor Idemudia’s research interests are in the area of critical development studies, political economy and political ecology approaches to natural resource extraction in developing countries, business and development, issues of governance, transparency and accountability in resource rich African countries. He is also interested in the relationship between development and conflict as well as environmental security. He is at present working on a SSHRC funded research project that seeks to critically examine the relationship between corporate social responsibility and the resource curse in Africa.
Labour market trajectories of Filipino immigrants and their children in Toronto; transnational linkages forged with communities and families in the Philippines and the process of socio-economic change in sending areas; interface between political economy approaches to class and labour markets, and cultural approaches that explore the intersection of class and other bases of identity; labour, industrialization and urbanization in Southeast Asia; the politics of globalization and other representations of economic space.
Research interests include: sexual labour and transactional sex; human trafficking and international migration; Caribbean sexuality; race and ethnic relations; transnational feminist theory and methodologies; gender and development. Starting with research on sex work in the Dutch Caribbean, Prof. Kempadoo’s research has broadened to include global issues of “the traffic of women” and sexual economic transactional relations that exist outside of the sex industry. She has conducted policy–oriented research on Caribbean sexual relations and HIV for UN and intergovernmental agencies, and recently held a SSHRC–Research Development Initiative grant to examine the issue of incest in the Caribbean. Much of her research is collaborative. A new focus in her work is on research methodologies in Caribbean feminism and sex work studies.
Kim, Janice C. H.
Colonialism and postcolonialism in East and South Asia; civil conflict, revolutions, and the Cold War twentieth-century East Asia; gendered constructions and divisions of labor; the family economy and its capital accumulation in developing East Asia.
Political and historical anthropology; human and environmental rights; revolutionary and indigenous movements; agrarian politics and livelihoods; nation and state formation; extractivism and frontier capitalism; Latin America.
Prof. McGrath’s academic and research interests include: refugee women’s mental health, rehabilitation of survivors of torture, community education and practice, community-based social development and trauma rehabilitation in Rwanda.
State and society in North Africa and the Middle East, developmental politics, authoritarian resilience, social movements, revolutions and herding behavior.
Empirical work on South Asia; broader theoretical issues related to development - and in particular the epistemology of development, the relationship between corporate capital, globalization and human development.
Political economy of Latin America and its implications for development; the transformation of the world of work in this region since 1980s; the centrality that labour struggles play in giving concrete shape to patterns of development.
ON LEAVE - January-December 2016
Gender, sexuality, race and class, primarily in Guyana, South America, but also in North America. Her interests are in grounded theory and transnational feminist praxis and she has worked with the Guyanese women’s organization, Red Thread, for over two decades.
ON LEAVE - July 2015 - June 2016
Aid effectiveness, emerging donors, civil society, democratization, economic liberalization, emerging donors, good governance, human development, human security, micro-finance, NGOs, development planning and management, and regionalism.
Prof. Reed has a wide range of research interests in the field of Business and Society, including corporate governance, community economic development, business ethics and development ethics.
TOKUNBO B., Ojo
Global Communication, Development and Social Change; Political Economy of Communication; Global Media Governance; Journalism Studies; Diaspora and Communication; Political Communication (Media and Democracy); Social-Cultural Aspects of Digital Media & African Studies.
Political ecology, agro-food studies, the cultural politics of environment and development, and Southeast Asian studies.