April 1, 2021 – New Research Grant Awarded to CIPS Director Rita Abrahamsen and Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow Farai Chipato

CIPS Director Rita Abrahamsen and Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow Farai Chipato have been awarded a research grant to assess how the Canadian Armed Forces can engage with international understandings of human security.  Professor Abrahamsen and Dr. Chipato will prepare a paper for the Canadian Defence Academy and the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security that addresses how non-western perspectives on human security differ from Canadian perspectives and how this might impact Canadian forces engaged in peacekeeping operations and complex emergency situations.

    September 30th, 2020 – As part of the Changing Orders collaborative research project funded by the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, the four partner centres are currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows.

    The project is entitled “Changing Orders: Shaping the Future and Securing Rights in a World in Transformation” and was awarded to the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), the Refugee Hub, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS).

    CIPS is very happy to announce the hiring of a new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Farai Chipato. Dr. Chipato will be joining CIPS in October 2020 and will be contributing to the research project under the supervision of CIPS Director, Professor Rita Abrahamsen. Welcome Farai!

    Farai Chipato has a PhD in Political Science from Queen Mary University of London. His thesis research investigated the relationship between international development donors and local civil society organisations in Zimbabwe, focusing on the promotion of democracy, good governance and human rights. Farai’s other research interests include citizenship, resilience, and race in International Relations. His future work will explore new African challenges to contemporary global order, working with Afropolitanism to examine trends in African philanthropy and social movements. Farai is also Reviews Editor for Review of African Political Economy.

    HRREC and Refugee Hub are very pleased to announce the hiring of a new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. David Hughes. He will work (virtually for now!) under the supervision of HRREC Director, Professor John Packer, and Refugee Hub’s Managing Director, Professor Jennifer Bond, to study how to secure fundamental human rights in the face of challenges to the rules-based international order. Welcome David!

    David Hughes holds a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. His dissertation explores the ways that states employ international legal argument to achieve non-legal objectives. From 2017-2019, David was a Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School where he wrote about various topics in international law. The resulting publications appear or are forthcoming in several legal journals including the Melbourne Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and the British Yearbook of International Law. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, David earned an LL.M from University College London, an LL.B from the University of Leicester, and a BA from Queen’s University. After law school, David worked at the Council of Europe, in various roles for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and with a coalition of Israeli and Palestinian NGOs in East Jerusalem.