About the Centre

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The mandate of the Centre on Governance is to work with organizations to better understand governance mechanisms in order to analyze implementation problems and provide better services.

To fulfil its mandate, the Center on Governance analyses governance phenomena in the public, private and social sectors in a context of cross-sectoral and inter-governmental collaboration. Its work revolves around the following: 

  • Research programs in the field of governance in all its forms (public governance, collaborative governance, corporate governance, territorial governance; public sector reforms, etc.).
  • The dissemination of knowledge in the field of governance (conferences, journals, research papers, specialized book collection).
  • Methodological approaches and clinical tools to improve the processes of organizations governance.
  • The hosting of senior fellows, graduate students and international researchers (visiting scholars; Fulbright program; doctoral students, etc.).
  • A Canadian and international perspective (the interventions of the Centre are conducted with municipal, provincial, and federal governments in Canada and in several African countries and the Middle East). 

The Centre is a hub of ideas where work is interdisciplinary, both academics and practitioners work together in partnerships outside as well as within the University.The Centre's work includes exploration, production and dissemination of knowledge (ranging from conceptual to more practical), action-learning (learning by doing) and action-research using governance as an object of study and an approach. The Centre’s membership consists of academic researchers and practitioners (Senior Fellows) and student researchers who work on issues related to the area of research of the Center.

About the Senior Fellow Program

Senior Fellows are an essential component of the Centre, playing a vital role with their extensive and specific professional or academic experiences. They are involved in a wide variety of work done in and by the Center, including the design and implementation of research projects, the preparation and/or participation in colloquia and seminars; the design and the delivery of consultation mandates to public, private or non-profit organizations as well as participating in  professional development programs. Their significant links to communities outside the university constitute a huge asset and their deep knowledge of governance practices in different sectors, on different scales and in different policy areas contributes importantly to our understanding and improvement of governance processes in general.

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