Research Projects

A broad and exciting research agenda!
Some of the issues the School’s faculty is studying these days:

Conflict, Transitions and Peace
  • The World of the Right: Radical Conservatism and International Order.  This collaborative SSHRC project investigates the far Right's international agenda and global networks, and the extent to which these represent a challenge to the international liberal order. 
    Rita Abrahamsen
  • The Return of the Generals?  This project focuses on the relationship between security, security assistance and militarism in African countries. It includes a focus on democracy and on changing military relations.
    Rita Abrahamsen
  • Effectiveness of International Intervention in Afghanistan.  Lessons Learned and Way Ahead for Afghanistan’s stabilization and development. Policy implications for Canada.
    Nipa Banerjee  
  • Canada's whole-of-government engagement in FCAS: Building on past work including books edited by Tiessen & Baranyi (2017) and Brown et al. (2016), I am currently conducting original research on Canada’s justice and security cooperation with partners in the Americas – in Colombia, Guatemala and CARICOM member states.
    Stephen Baranyi
  • Security and justice reform in Haiti+:  Building on our previous research on international engagement in fragile states/societies (Desrosiers & Baranyi 2012; Baranyi 2015 & 2016), we are initiating new projects to strengthen scholarly research on, and public accountability of, justice and security institutions in Haiti and other fragile societies.
    Stephen Baranyi
  • Revisiting Rwanda’s First and Second Republics. The project looks at political and administrative structures in Rwanda from 1960 to 1990. It aims to understand power structures at different levels, as well as popular engagement with power.
    Marie-Eve Desrosiers
  • Rwanda’s bilateral aid since the genocide.  The project studies policies and practices adopted by six bilateral donors since 1994: Belgium, Canada, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. It seeks to nuance notions of ‘exceptionalism’ with regards to Rwanda’s foreign aid.
    Marie-Ève Desrosiers
  • Gender, Development and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.  This project examines the nature of gender equality programming and gender mainstreaming strategies in Canada’s foreign policy and international assistance programs. Particular attention is given to policy and practice related to gender and security and the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ initiative. 
    Rebecca Tiessen
Growth, Private Sector, Social Inclusion
  • Financing Development. Analysis of challenges related to the financing of development in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The research project focusses on monetary policies, the financial architecture and the efficiency of financial intermediaries (banks and microfinance institutions) within Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
    Nasser Ary Tanimoune
  • Growth and Development in South Asia: Country Comparative PerspectivesSalient trends of changes in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the last ten years, the key drivers of change and reactions/responses of respective governments.  What brings the three countries together and what pulls them apart? Implications for Canadian interests and foreign policy.
    Nipa Banerjee 
  • Employment Programs in East and South Asia.  This is a review of active and passive employment programs in these two regions. It includes an inventory of programs by country, assesses the evaluation evidence on effectiveness, and makes policy recommendations on future directions regarding ALMPs and UI as social protection instruments in Asia.
    Gordon Betcherman
  • Women and Work in the Mekong Region.  Using public opinion data collected by Gallup and the ILO, this research explores women’s experience in the labor market in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Lao.
    Gordon Betcherman
  • Trade and Jobs: Ground Zero in the Struggle between Markets and Social Justice?  This research is reviewing some of the central claims that underlie the debate over trade, including whether it has delivered the aggregate benefits posited by conventional economic theory, what its employment impacts have been, and the record of compensating job losers. 
    Gordon Betcherman
  • International Investment Agreements, Policy Space and Economic Development.  An ongoing research project into the economic and political consequences of international agreements to protect foreign direct investment.
    Paul Haslam
  • Institutions and the Local Resource Curse: Political Participation, Distributive Outcomes and Economic Development.  We are interested in how local institutions, both public (municipal) and private (company-created), affect mine-community conflict.  This SSHRC-funded research (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017-2022) explicitly considers how local institutions shape the distributional and participative outcomes that contribute to economic development and social mobilization in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Northern Canada.
    Paul Haslam and Nasser Ary Tanimoune
  • Norms of Engagement: The Micro-politics of Corporate Citizenship in Latin America.  This SSHRC research project examines the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on development in terms of how it shapes bargaining between corporate and community representatives at the local level in Argentina and Chile.  This project is in the writing-up phase.
    Paul Haslam
  • A Critical Review of Bhutan`s Gross National Happiness.  The research seeks to deconstruct the notion of Gross National Happiness and reveal its roots as the ideology of nation building in Bhutan.
    Lauchlan Munro
  • Strategic Network on the New National Planning.  The number of developing and emerging countries with a national development plan has doubled over the last decade, and many of them are taking these planning exercises very seriously. What does the return of national development planning mean for development policy and practice?
    Lauchlan Munro and Nasser Ary Tanimoune
  • Entrepreneurship and Appropriate Technology for Francophone developing countries.  Swiss federal applied research program (2016-2020). 
    Philippe Régnier
  • Internationalization of SMEs to Asian Emerging Markets: What Role by Global Cities?  A pluri-annual research project in partnership with the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the Europe-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA).
    Philippe Régnier
  • Research and Training program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Appropriate Technologies for International Development.   Program under construction since September 2016 together with 4 faculties of the University of Ottawa, the VP Research Office, and the Entrepreneurship Hub.
    Philippe Régnier
  • Public Water for All: Challenges for New Generation Public Services. More than 660 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion do not have adequate sanitation facilities. The Sustainable Development Goals have set an ambitious target for member countries: to universalize water and sanitation services by 2030. This project   investigates the role of public financing in infrastructure development in the water and sanitation sector.
    Susan Spronk
Livelihoods, Resources and Sustainability
  • The Socio-Economic Determinants of Agricultural Models and Development.  This research project aims to understand and evaluate the empirical nexus between the socio-economic determinants of agricultural production in developing countries, particularly in West Africa. The research is largely based on data from the World Bank's "Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA)".
    Nasser Ary Tanimoune
  • Livelihoods in Coastal Vietnamese Villages.  Based on household survey data collected in two Vietnamese provinces, this project has analyzed transitions in fishing livelihoods and is currently examining how internal migration is used by households as a livelihood strategy.
    Gordon BetchermanMelissa Marschke and Iftekharul  Haque 
  • New Information Technologies, Agricultural Change, and the Politics of Knowledge in Africa.  Research on the use of mobile phones, in conjunction with radio and other technologies, by smallholder farmers (including women farmers groups) in Tanzania and Malawi. Conducted in conjunction with Farm Radio International, Farm Radio Trust-Malawi, and a researcher from Carleton University. Field research was concluded in 2016 and the project is at the writing-up stage.
    Christopher Huggins 
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution in the Mining Sector in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.   Research on negotiations and collaboration between industrial mining companies, artisanal mining cooperatives, state agencies, and other organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. Funding provided through the Seed Funding Opportunity (SFO).
    Christopher Huggins 
  • Vers une théorisation contextualisée et robuste de la transition forestière.  Les causes et conséquences des transitions forestières (passage de la déforestation à la reforestation) demeurent mal comprises. Se basant notamment sur des travaux en Asie du Sud-Est, ce projet vise à contribuer aux efforts de théorisation en produisant une explication contextualisée et axée sur les acteurs et mécanismes directement impliqués.
    Jean-Philippe Leblond
  • Integration of Social Wellbeing and Ecosystem Service Bundles for Adaptive Governance of Coastal Systems experiencing Rapid Change, 2016-2022.  Novel responses are emerging to help coastal communities deal with drivers of change. However, the speed of change requires a flexibility to adapt management and governance arrangements under conditions of uncertainty, and foster adaptive governance that reflect dynamic interactions among the wellbeing of coastal communities and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
    Melissa Marschke 
  • New Directions in Environmental Governance: Remaking Public and Private Authority in the Southeast Asian Resource Frontier, 2014-2019.  In this research project we are exploring the effects of new environmental governance mechanisms in Southeast Asia.  The research will enable us to assess the effects of new environmental governance approaches on both peoples and ecologies in the region.  We are particularly interested in the effects for small scale fishers, farmers, forest users, and hired workers. 
    Melissa Marschke
  • Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership, 2014-2019. The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being.  Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves. 
    Melissa Marschke
  • “We will not farm like our parents": Rural-urban Linkages, Livelihoods, and Food Security in Kenya.  Cellphone communication and mobile money technologies (mPesa) are changing the relationships between rural households and migrant family members, including gender dynamics and the power relationships between young and old.  This SSHRC project (Insight project: 2015-2020) uses multi-sited ethnography to track agrarian and urban-based livelihoods, with particular interest in the diversification of youth livelihoods.
    Joshua Ramisch
  • Driving development? Masculinities and Motor Vehicles in Kenya.  Nairobi’s infamous traffic jams and vehicle-related bloodshed are regularly blamed on the aggressively masculine “matatu culture” of minibuses, the growing numbers of private cars, and the proliferation of motorcycle taxis. This project is using ethnographies of drivers, driving practices, and a review of the “anti-politics” of Kenyan transport policy.
    Joshua Ramisch
  • Vulnerability of African Livelihoods under Environmental Stresses (VALUES)This SSHRC (Insight project: 2011-13) study assessed perceptions of climate variability relative to other forms of environmental change.  Households in the five communities were much more connected to out-migrating members than was expected. Climate claims were understood only within a framework of broader livelihood insecurity, and could not be taken at face value.
    Joshua Ramisch
  • Les implications environnementales et agricoles de la transition agraire dans les pays émergents: le cas de la Thaïlande 
    Jean-Philippe Leblond
  • Water Resource Reallocations and Ethnic Minority Livelihoods in Southwest ChinaThis project aims analyze the drivers, livelihood consequences, and cultural impacts of changes in water availability and allocation for ethnic minority societies in a cross-section of the Red River watershed, Southwest China. Case studies span hydropower expansion, forest and cash crop plantation expansion, riverbed sand dredging and fish farming.
    Jean-François Rousseau
Social Movements, Equity and Human Rights
  • Community Mobilization in Crisis. An ongoing collaborative effort by the University of Ottawa and the American University of Beirut to research, develop, and use open-access online learning materials for individuals and communities to hone their skills in collective action (cooperation), coping, and communication.
    Nadia Abu-Zahra 
  • Human Trafficking in South Asia.  Intra-regional, internal and trans-national human trafficking as threats to development; factors promoting human trafficking and international measures to counter trafficking. Canada’s role.
    Nipa Banerjee 
  • (Dis)ability and international development: Having completed a collaborative project that generated a special issue of Third World Thematics (2017) on this topic, we are supporting the establishment of a (dis)ability studies chair at the Université d'Etat d'Haïti and are preparing proposals for a new global/comparative research project on this topic.
    Stephen Baranyi 
  • Canada`s Development NGOs and Federal Government Funding in Historical and Comparative Perspective.  The research asks how dependent Canada’s development NGOs are on government funding, how they got so dependent, how Canadian NGOs compare to NGOs in other traditional donors, and what this means for the independence of civil society.
    Lauchlan Munro
  • Securitization of Migration and Asylum in Canada: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Consequences and Human Rights Impact.  SSHRC Insight Grant (CO-INVESTIGATOR) . This research explores the practical and human rights implications associated with the securitization of irregular migration and asylum in Canada and the European Union.
    Delphine Nakache 
  • On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context.  SSHRC Partnership Grant (CO-INVESTIGATOR).  Research on employment-related geographical mobility in the Canadian context. Acting as the team leader for research on Employment Standards. Also leading two projects on family rights and employment conditions for migrant workers ( several countries compared) 
    Delphine Nakache 
  • Etre ou ne pas être (un bon) citoyen : The Role of Citizenship Acquisition for Immigrant Integration Trajectories in Canada and France.  France-Canada Research Fund (CO-INVESTIGATOR). Research on naturalized citizens' sense of belonging to their country of residence & on their integration trajectories.
    Delphine Nakache 
  • With Strings Attached? Conditional Cash Transfers and Women’s Empowerment in Bolivia and South Africa, 2016-2019. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, this project examines the effects of conditionalities on cash transfers on women’s empowerment, understood primarily in terms of collective agency. I am particularly interested in understanding how social movement organizations have engaged with these policies, and how this modality of service delivery promotes the financialization of poverty and transforms notions of citizenship.
    Susan Spronk
  • Remunicipalization: The Future of Water Services? After three decades of privatization, cities around the world are bringing their water facilities back under public management and control, with major implications for how water and sanitation services may be planned, financed and implemented in the future. This SSHRC-funded project involves an international research team (affiliated with the Municipal Services Project) that will map the challenges and opportunities emerging with remunicipalization in Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, France, Spain and the United States.
    Susan Spronk
  • The Career Paths and Employment Outcomes of IDS Graduates in Canada.  This study included a survey of 1901 Canadians who had completed an International Development Studies program in Canada. The findings examine job satisfaction, income, skills required, and barriers to employment, etc. This project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
    Rebacca Tiessen
  • Global Citizenship and Learning/Volunteer Abroad.  Learning/volunteer abroad programs provide important opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and skills development. This project explores the impact of learning/volunteer abroad programs on the youth participants and the communities and organizations that host them. This project is funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant.
    Rebacca Tiessen
  • Improving Maternal, Child Health and Family Planning Services in Rural Nigeria: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial.  Nigeria presently has the second highest absolute number of maternal deaths and perinatal deaths (stillbirth and neonatal deaths) in the world. The goal of this project is to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality in Nigeria by strengthening the availability and use of maternal primary health care services by vulnerable women. 
    Sanni Yaya 
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