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.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science (Law & Society Program). She conducts research on the intersection between law, religion and politics. She has published on the politics of secularism in Turkey and France, including Refashioning Secularisms in France and Turkey: The Case of the Headscarf Ban (Routledge, 2014). She also writes on reasonable accommodation and Islam in Canada. Her most recent publication on the topic includes a book written with Jennifer Selby (Memorial University) and Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa): Beyond Accommodation. Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians (UBC Press, 2018). Finally, her newest project documents the work of faith-based non-governmental organizations at the United Nations Human Rights Council paying particular attention to how these NGOs shape human rights discussions and norms.
Urban Social and Political Geography and Planning, Rationality and Power in Public Service Provision, Neoliberalization of Public Education in Ontario, Critical Geographies of Education, Diversity and Public Space – immigrant and refugee communities, Theories of Collective Action and Community Organization, Urban Demography and Neighbourhood Geographies, Critical Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography.
International Political Economy; Globalization; Postcolonial Feminisms; Gender and Development; Discourses of Women’s Rights and Empowerment; Development Theory and Human Rights; Sub-saharan Africa.
Dr. Claudia Chaufan has an interdisciplinary background that spans medicine, sociology and philosophy. She practiced medicine in her native Argentina before shifting to a career in sociology with a focus on the history and political economy of health, comparative health policy and critical genetics. Prof. Chaufan’s dissertation research critically assessed the dominant narrative around the causes of diabetes inequalities among racialized groups, deconstructing subtle forms of racism in medical discourse and redirecting attention to the political and social determination of health. She subsequently expanded her research to incorporate the effects of, and struggles against, neocolonialism and capitalist globalization on global health policy and inequalities. Other intellectual interests include the history, philosophy and sociology of science, power/discourse, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
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.
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. Geography, York University)
Prof. Dao’s work covers Southeast Asia, resource governance, political ecology, political economy and livelihood change, gender equality and women’s role in resource governance, agri-business, water and land grabbing, development-induced displacement, civil society, and NGOs.
DE COSTA, Ravi
(PhD. Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University, Melbourne)
Ravi de Costa is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science and conducts research on Indigenous and environmental issues. He has written about truth and reconciliation processes, treaty and comprehensive land claims, and settler identities and politics, as well as the global politics of Indigeneity (see Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age UBC Press 2011). Much of his work has been on Indigenous issues in Canada and Australia but he is actively involved in several collaborations with colleagues in projects in Latin America, and he has taught and supervised many students as part of York’s Las Nubes program in Costa Rica.
DI PAOLANTONIO, Mario
(Ph.D. OISE, University of Toronto)
Mario Di Paolantonio is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. He has published widely in the area of post-dictatorship commemoration in the Southern Cone and in the field of philosophy of education. He is currently working as a co-investigator with Professor Silvia Grinberg (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina) on a project exploring precarity, youth, and schooling in abject zones of Buenos Aires, funded by Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Argentina. He was also recently a co-investigator (along with Professor Vikki Bell, Goldsmiths) in an Economic & Social Research Council (UK) funded research project entitled: “Re-emerging Pasts: Forums for Truth-telling in Contemporary Argentina and Chile.” His SSHRC funded project studied commemorative pedagogical and artistic practices in post-dictatorship Spain and Argentina.
(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.
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.
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Immigration, Migration and Mobilities; Diversity Inclusion & Belonging; International Social Work; Race and Racism; North-South Power Relations; Organizational Practice; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Leadership.
(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.
Lyndsay Hayhurst is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include sport for development and peace (SDP), gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health in/through SDP, cultural studies of girlhood, postcolonial feminist theory, global governance, international relations and corporate social responsibility. She is a co-editor (with Tess Kay and Megan Chawansky) of Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice, and her publications have appeared in Women’s Studies International Forum; Gender, Place & Culture; Third World Quarterly and Sociology of Sport Journal. She has previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme and Right to Play.
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.
Dr. Hynie uses a social determinants of health framework to conduct community based research into social integration and inclusion in situations of social conflict or forced migration. She is particularly interested in the development and evaluation of interventions that can strengthen social and institutional relationships to improve health and well-being in different cultural, political and physical environments. Her work in Canada, Rwanda, Kenya, India and Nepal has been funded by Grand Challenges Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Hynie is currently leading a 5 year longitudinal study comparing support needs, integration pathways and their impact on long-term health and well-being for Privately Sponsored and Government Assisted Refugees in B.C., Ontario and Quebec.
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.
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.
Prof. Kyriakides is a Canada Research Chair in Citizenship, Social Justice and Ethno-Racialization, he teaches in the Department of Sociology. His research interests include Refugee Reception and Resettlement, Social Death, Citizenship, Personhood, Ethno-Racialization.
Dr. Audrey Laurin-Lamothe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science. She holds a PhD in Sociology (2017, Université du Québec à Montréal). Her thesis created a portrait of the economic elite in Quebec in the context of increased firm financialization, through an analysis of individual profiles, compensation and social networks. Her research program is informed by the understanding that financialization is a driving force of economic transformation and more broadly, profoundly influences relationships among households, organizations and the State. Her previous academic contributions analyzed gender-based fiscal policies, public indebtedness, and wages’ stagnation in Canada.
Radical democracy, contemporary socialism, ecological transition, social reproduction theory, financialization, economic inequalities.
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.
State and society in North Africa and the Middle East, developmental politics, authoritarian resilience, social movements, revolutions and herding behavior.
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.
Rural & urban livelihoods, Poverty and social networks, Microfinance and microenterprise, Renewable energy, Political economy of social welfare instruments in Sub-Saharan Africa
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.
Kelly Pike earned her PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research contributes to the literature on regulating labour in global value chains, with recent publications appearing in ILR Review, Journal of Developing Societies, and the ILO Better Work Discussion Paper series. Kelly has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organization, the World Bank, and is a major research partner on the Decent Work Regulation in Africa project. Additional leadership and advisory roles include her recent service (2018-19) as Interim Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York, and active membership in the CETA Canadian Domestic Advisory Group for Labour.
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.
Niloufar Pourzand has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Greenwich, UK, with a focus on gender, education, displacement, and conflict in Afghanistan. She has worked with UNICEF for over three decades in various senior roles in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Eastern Caribbean, Indonesia and India.
Niloufar was the first Professor of Practice at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in the 2016-2017 academic year. She teaches a Masters Course in International Development Studies at York University as well as an Undergraduate Course in Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a regular guest lecturer at other universities as well as a presenter at various international conferences.
Niloufar also continues her work as a senior international development consultant - with a focus on children, women and refugee rights, gender equality and equity, social policy, monitoring and evaluation, results-based programming and capacity-building. She has most recently worked with UNICEF in its Middle East and North Africa Regional Office as well as its Tunisia and Bangladesh Country Offices. She remains engaged with various rights-based and civil society organizations in Canada and internationally, mentors young professionals from different countries and writes commentaries on various development/social issues.
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.
Sarah Rotz is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies at York University. Sarah’s work focuses on political ecologies of land and food systems and how they intersect with climate change within structures of settler colonial patriarchy and neoliberal capitalism. She also explores the consequences of these processes for sovereignty, justice and resistance movements more broadly. Sarah is embarking on a SSHRC funded collaborative research project that explores accountable relationships and alliances between settler and Indigenous peoples aimed at building sustainable, equitable food systems in Canada through Indigenous-led land rematriation and food sovereignty processes.
(Ph.D. Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto)
Jeannie Samuel is an assistant professor in the Health and Society program, Department of Social Science at York University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Jeannie’s work focuses on the study of health inequities within historically excluded communities with an emphasis on how gender combines with intersecting forms of social marginalization. She approaches this topic by exploring community-based advocacy efforts to address social exclusion in health care, particularly in relation to reproductive health. Before pursuing an academic track, Jeannie held a permanent staff position within the United Nations system, with postings in Africa and Latin America. She also worked extensively in Canada on a range of health equity related issues, including community-based health promotion and environmental justice activism. She is an active Board member for the Ottawa-based international social justice NGO, Inter Pares.
(Ph.D. Criminology, Law & Society, University of Florida)
(MSc, Government, University of the West Indies)
Dr. Tameka Samuels-Jones teaches Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability with an emphasis on developing country contexts. Her research interests include environmental crime and regulatory law. Specifically, she conducts research on the role of legal pluralism on regulatory compliance among legally autonomous groups in emerging economies. Dr. Samuels-Jones has received numerous awards for her work in this area including the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship award. Dr. Samuels-Jones’ work has been published in various academic journals and presented at international conferences.
(PhD Political Science, Carleton University)
My main areas of research and teaching include African Political Economy, Developmental States in the Global South, and contemporary politics in Southern Africa. My current research focuses on minerals political economy, policy reform and development strategies in Southern and East Africa, with particular attention given to the politics of ‘Resource Nationalism.’
Dr. Sesay is an Assistant Professor in Criminology and International Development Studies, both programs in the Department of Social Science, York University. He is also a UKRI Visiting Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security where he serves a co-investigator in the Global Challenges Research Fund, Gender, Justice and Security Hub. His research and teaching interests are in development, transitional justice, international criminal justice, rule of law, customary justice, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. His works have appeared in African Affairs, International Studies Perspectives, Cooperation & Conflict, and the European Journal of International Security.
Rachel Silver is an Assistant Professor of Education and co-director of York’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project. An anthropologist of education and development, Silver critically explores how discourses, programs, and policies related to gender and sexuality intersect with young people’s lives. She has over ten years of experience researching girls’ education in South/Eastern Africa, and has consulted for Save the Children (Malawi, Ethiopia), the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (Malawi), and CARE (Kenya, as an assistant). Silver’s other scholarly interests include state/NGO/international funder relations; international development education policy; transnational feminisms; and forced migration and education
Surveillance studies, migration and border studies, criminalization of migration, citizenship studies, human rights, sociological and criminological theory.
Ethel Tungohan is the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics. Her research examines migrant activism, comparing and contrasting dynamics between and within different migrant movements in Canada, in SE Asia, and in transnational spaces. She is interested in social movements, migrant activism, immigration and citizenship policy, public policy, socially engaged research, gender theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, Canadian and comparative politics.
Political ecology, agro-food studies, the cultural politics of environment and development, and Southeast Asian studies.
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.
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.