Our People

Charles Fairbank

Charles Fairbank

Email:
Program:
MA. POLS + IDEV
Hometown:
Oil Springs, ON
Supervisor:
Professor David MacDonald
Research Area:

My research is planning to examine the Liberal Party of Canada and its approach to Indigenous policy from the Chrétien era to Justin Trudeau (1990 to the present). To explore this, I plan to analyze political speeches, party platforms, news articles, government policies, and Liberal Party leaders’ reactions and responses to significant Indigenous policies through the lens of Settler Colonial Theory. In doing so, I hope to examine the tensions and challenges of achieving reconciliation and decolonization presently in modern Canada at the federal level. An analysis of the Liberal Party in a historical context will also reveal the changes or lack of changes the party has made responding to and addressing Indigenous issues.

Andrew Train

Andrew Train

Email:
Program:
MA.POLS
Hometown:
Hamilton, ON
Supervisor:
TBA
Research Area:

 I have always been captivated by the study of legislative concepts and political behaviour within systems of government, and I have been intrigued with the analysis of the theory and the practice of politics. I have a profound desire to study the political landscape of developing nations within the third world. My undergraduate studies in criminal justice and public policy have sparked my awareness and attention to related issues in this area of study that I would like to investigate further. Specifically, I have a great interest in researching the political structure of the Islamic State and juxtaposing its current characteristics with the features of past violent regimes

Ebenezer Agyei

Ebenezer B. Agyei

Email:
Program:
PHD.POLS
Hometown:
Accra, Ghana
Supervisor:
Dr. Candace Johnson
Research Area:

Ebenezer Agyei is a doctoral candidate in the public policy and governance stream. His thesis research is centered on the politics of adolescent and youth health within the broader context of the global development agenda, and its implications for citizenship and entitlement. His research interests are in the areas of comparative public policy and administration, social policy, comparative health care politics, global health governance, and development studies.

Sivhuoch Ou

Sivhuoch Ou

Email:
Program:
PHD.POLS+IDEV
Hometown:
Kandal Province, Cambodia
Supervisor:
Prof. Ian Spears
Research Area:

I was born in Cambodia following the fall of the Khmer Rouge, so my up-bringing in the post genocidal society informs my understanding and studies of politics. During my PhD fieldwork in 2016 and 2017, I used my local perspective to critically grasp politics in Cambodia. My PhD dissertation examines the consequences of repeated multiparty elections on authoritarian regime trajectories, using the case of Cambodia. Theoretically multiparty elections create diverging outcomes, stabilizing, destabilizing, or democratizing authoritarian rules depending on varied intervening factors such as the capacity of the ruling party, strength of the opposition, leverage of the Western states, and counter leverage of emerging donors primarily China. Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree at the University of Guelph, I was a research fellow at Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Cambodia’s largest research institution.

Jackie Gillis

Jackie Gillis

Email:
Program:
PHD.POLS
Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario
Supervisor:
Dr. Leah Levac
Research Area:

Jackie Gillis is a PhD student within the Public Policy and Governance stream. Her interests lie in Indigenous politics, intersectionality and Canadian public policy. More specifically, her research is centered on investigating the potential contributions of Indigenous cosmological values and traditional knowledge to climate change adaptation policies in the Canadian context.

Ezra Karmel

Ezra Karmel

Email:
Program:
PHD.POLS
Hometown:
Victoria, BC
Supervisor:
Janine Clark
Research Area:

My research focuses on the impacts of decentralization on civil society in the Middle East. My interest in the topic emerged from my experience working for both local CSOs and an INGO implementing decentralization programmes in the region. My research will take me back there soon in order to conduct a cross-country comparative study

Gloria Novovic

Gloria Novovic

Email:
Program:
Political Science and International Development
Hometown:
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Supervisor:
Prof. Ian Spears
Research Area:

My PhD research is looking into gender-related impact of development assistance and policy change in post-conflict countries of Rwanda and Burundi. Throughout this process, I aim to build on my experience in the NGO context of Serbia and the United Nations' World Food Programme in order to produce a theoretically strong and practically useful research in my areas of interests. Those include: gender and development, food security, cash-based transfer programs, participatory development and reconciliation. I am happy to be a part of the collaborative program in Political Science and International Development and honored to be a recipient of the Ontario Trillium Scholarship for international PhD students.

Yvonne Su

Yvonne Su

Email:
Program:
Ph.D. POLS and IDEV
Hometown:
Holland Landing, Ontario
Supervisor:
Dr. Craig Johnson
Research Area:

Yvonne Su is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph. Her research focus is on climate change, resilience, migration and poverty and inequality. Yvonne has published on climate change-induced displacement, mainstreaming climate change resilience into urban policy, and applying the capabilities approach to the global governance of migration. Her current research is on post-disaster recovery, remittances, social capital, and development in Southeast Asia. Yvonne holds a Masters in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA(Honours) from the University of Guelph.

Viktorija Arsic

Viktorija Arsic

Email:
Program:
MA.POLS
Hometown:
Guelph, ON
Supervisor:
Dr. Ian Spears
Research Area:

Research Interests: Conflict resolution, power sharing, sustainable development, social movements, and citizen empowerment. I will examine the presidency of Donald Trump (2016-present) through a Realist theoretical lens. To explore this, I plan to analyze the NAFTA negotiations between the USA and Canada as a case study, with emphasis on Canada’s Progressive Trade Agenda (PTA), the rise of New Nationalism, and anti-globalization populism. In doing so, I hope that my research will offer valuable insights regarding the theoretical framework that is driving Trump’s presidency, as well as offering meaningful and practical critiques of the Realist theoretical lens.

Photo not available

Brian Budd

Email:
Program:
PHD.POLS
Hometown:
Mississauga, ON
Supervisor:
Dr. David MacDonald
Research Area:

Research Interests: My dissertation research is comprised of a comparative analysis of news media representations of Indigenous political issues and stories in Canada. The aim of my research is to understand the degree to which the news media have evolved or changed in response to the recommendations released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. A second area of research interest for me is the role of populism in Canadian federal and provincial politics, with a specific focus on political leadership and discourses among right-wing politicians and parties