International Political Economy Network

Rita Abrahamsen – School of International Development and Global StudiesRita Abrahamsen

Rita Abrahamsen is Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies and in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests are in African politics, security and development, security privatization and postcolonial theory. She is the author (with M.C. Williams) of Security Beyond the State: Security Privatization in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa (Zed Books, 2000).  Her current research includes an SSHRC project on private security, resources and state formation in Africa, and a revised and expanded edition of Disciplining Democracy.

Jacqueline Best (Coordinator) – School of Political StudiesJacqueline Best

Jacqueline Best is a Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her work focuses on the social, cultural and political underpinnings of the global economic system, with an emphasis on the global governance of international finance and development.

She is the author of Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Development Finance (Cambridge, 2014) and co-editor, with Alexandra Gheciu, of The Return of the Public in Global Governance (Cambridge, 2014), as well as several other books.

Her current work includes a project looking at how governments use economic exceptionalism in times of crisis, as well as ongoing work on the politics of failure in public policy.

She is an editor of the Routlege Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) Book Series and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford.

Gordon BetchermanGordon Betcherman – School of International Development and Global Studies

Gordon Betcherman is a Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, with a cross-appointment in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests are in labour economics, demography, social policy, and the economics of development, with recent publications on population aging in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, labour market reforms in China, and the employment impacts of subsidies. Current research projects include employment trends in South Asia and a cross-national study of the implications of aging for labour market policy. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he spent 11 years at the World Bank in Washington where he worked on labour market, social policy, and poverty issues primarily in Europe and Central Asia, East Asia, and North Africa.

Jean-Pierre CoutureJean-Pierre Couture – School of Political Studies

Jean-Pierre Couture is an assistant professor in Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is part of the Observatoire des nouvelles pratiques symboliques, and a member of the editorial board of Les Cahiers de l’idiotie and À Bâbord. His fields of research include social science epistemology, political phenomenology, Marxist and Post-Marxist debates, and the sociology of symbolic production in late capitalism.

Anne-Marie D'AoustAnne-Marie D’Aoust – Department of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal

Anne-Marie D’Aoust is an Assistant Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research stands at the crossroad of political theory and critical International Relations scholarship, and seeks to theoretically and empirically explore the connections between love, governmentality, security, and neoliberal practices. Her different projects evolve around the following questions: does love challenge or establish specific forms of neoliberal practices and forms of belonging? To what extent do modes of subjectivity challenge or strengthen neoliberal economic practices? How do affective economies participate in the consolidation of various apparatuses of security? Her current postdoctoral project examines in a comparative fashion the govermentality of marriage migration in different settings, including the United States, Canada, Great-Britain, France, Denmark and Germany. This research notably seeks to address the ways in which marriage migration, usually conceived as a “private” and individual transnational migration practice unconnected to the public realm and to capital flows, is intertwined with labor migration processes and regulations rather than being distinct from them. It also attempts to understand why and how marriage migrants are now being included in the security governance and governmentality of immigration.

Richard FrenchRichard French – Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Richard French is currently working on the post-liberalization history of India, with particular reference to the way in which the institutions of economic governance influence the timing and the trajectory of reform, using China as a comparison to highlight contrasts in both institutions and evolution toward the market. The tentative title of his book manuscript is The Slow Dissolution of the Nehruvian Settlement and the Indian Growth Experience.

Randall GermainRandall Germain (Coordinator) – Department of Political Science, Carleton University

Randall Germain is Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, Canada.  His work focuses on the political economy of global finance and theoretical developments in critical international political economy.  He is the author of The International Organization of Credit:  states and global finance in the world-economy(Cambridge University Press, 1997), and recently of Global Politics and Financial Governance (Palgrave 2010).  His work has been published in journals such asThe European Journal of International RelationsGlobal GovernanceReview of International StudiesInternational Affairs and Review of International Political Economy.  He is currently the Chair of the Department of Political Science. His current research centers on developing a historical mode of thinking in IPE as a via media between constructivism, rationalism and historical materialism.

Paul HaslamPaul Haslam – School of International Development and Global Studies

Paul Haslam works on different aspects of the political economy of multinational corporations and their impact on Latin American countries. His principal research project seeks to understand the impact of corporate social responsibility on development by examining how community consultations, as institutions of private authority in which citizen demands for social inclusion are formulated and expressed, shape and construct the bargaining between corporate and community representatives at the local level. He has also been working on a project to understand the impact of international investment agreements (IIAs), such as bilateral investment treaties and FTAs on FDI flows and the policy space of host governments. This project links the legal literature on the interpretation of investment agreements with econometric analysis of trade and investment flows. His third area of research focuses on the impact of multinational corporations on development policy and development trajectories in Latin America. This research looks at the role played by MNCs in business associations and the broader political coalitions used by governments to support political reform.

Christopher Huggins (Coordinator) – School of International Development and Global Studies


Chris Huggins’ research focuses on agricultural development, rural livelihoods, and natural resource management in Africa; particularly in post-conflict situations. He has consulted for major UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations, worked with Human Rights Watch, and was for several years a Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi. He has a PhD in Geography (specialization in political economy) from Carleton University, Ottawa; and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Strathclyde University in the UK. He is co-editor of two multi-volume books, one published by Routledge and the other by the Institute of Security Studies, Pretoria; and is the co-author of a book published by Oxford University Press. He guest-edited a special collection of Third World Thematics (on artisanal mining in Africa) and has published several journal articles in high-impact journals.

Ryan Katz-Rosene (Coordinator) – School of Political Studies

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Ryan Katz-Rosene in an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, where he researches and teaches a range of topics relating to global environmental politics, international political economy, and Canada’s role in the world. At the university Ryan helps coordinate the International Political Economy Network (IPEN), while off campus he serves in a voluntary capacity as the Vice President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (as well as helping to manage his family’s organic farm). His recent scholarly research has waded into a diverse set of thematic areas (sustainable transportation, energy transition, and agro-ecology, notably), all from the point of view of political economy, and with an underlying interest in helping to understand and foster the transition to a more just and sustainable world.

Marc Lavoie – Department of Economics

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Marc Lavoie is Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa, where he started teaching in 1979. Besides having published more than 100 articles in refereed journals and more than 60 chapters in books, he has written a number of books, among which Introduction to Post-Keynesian Economics (2006), translated into four languagues, Foundations of Post-Keynesian Economic Analysis (1992), as well as Monetary Economics: An Integrated Approach to Money, Income, Production and Wealth (2007) with Wynne Godley, a book which deals with the stock-flow consistent method. With Mario Seccareccia, he has been the co-editor of three books, including one on the works of Milton Friedman, in addition to writing the first Canadian edition of the Baumol and Blinder first-year textbook (2009). Lavoie has also been the associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Political Economy (1999), and he has been a visiting professor at the universities of Bordeaux, Nice, Rennes, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lille, Paris-Nord and Paris-1, as well as Curtin University in Perth (Australia). He has lectured at the post-Keynesian summer schools in Kansas City, the Levy Institute and Berlin.

Patrick LeblondPatrick Leblond – Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Patrick Leblond’s research applies to questions relating to international finance and regional economic integration, with a particular focus on Europe and North America. He is currently working on four related projects. First, Dr. Leblond is preparing a book manuscript on the politics of the global convergence in accounting standards, with a special focus on the European Union’s (EU) role in that process. Second, he is continuing his work on explaining European financial and monetary integration, especially in light of the global financial crisis. One key area of concern right now is whether the euro will survive the current fiscal strains experienced by many member states; another is explaining the EU’s response to the crisis, especially in terms of financial governance mechanisms. Third, he is analyzing the likelihood of a global currency emerging in the wake of the global financial crisis, using his previous research on the determinants of international monetary integration. Finally, he is in the process of launching a new research project on the existence of a structural shift in financial power from the northern transatlantic region to Asia and what this would mean for the governance of global finance.

Laura Macdonald – Department of Political Science, Carleton University

Laura Macdonald is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University.  She has published numerous articles in journals and two books and two edited collections on such issues as the role of non-governmental organizations indevelopment, global civil society, citizenship struggles in Latin America, Canadian development assistance and the political impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on human rights and democracy in the three member states.  Her current research projects concern social citizenship in North America (including work on migration policies and Mexican anti-poverty programs) and the impact of NAFTA on security, immigration and border control policies.  She recently edited a new book with Jeffrey Ayres on thecrisis in the North American partnership and the failure of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America which is under contract with University of Toronto Press. She is beginning new work on early childhood education and care policies in Mexico, and Canada-Latin American economic relations.

Marie-Josée MassicotteMarie-Josée Massicotte – School of Political Studies

Trained in IPE, Marie-Josée Massicotte is particularly interested in issues related to different forms of resistance to the dominant model of trade liberalization and global governance in the Americas. Her current project, funded by SSHRC, examines alternative strategies (Agroecology, cooperatives, local markets) developed by peasant movements in Brazil and Mexico to promote food sovereignty and democratization of the global food system, as well as the opportunities and constraints that they face with regard to agricultural and trade policies promoted by the major players in the food industry, states, standards and international institutions such as WTO and NAFTA. Marie-Josée has also spent several years as an activist with the anti-globalization movement and the World Social Forum.

Pascale Massot – School of Political Studies

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Pascale Massot is an assistant professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa where she teaches global and comparative political economy and Asia-Pacific politics. Her research interests include the governance of international extractive commodity markets, the relationship between global rebalancing and systemic change in the international economy, the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region – China in particular – and Canada-China relations. Pascale Massot was the 2014-2015 Cadieux-Léger Fellow at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. She was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and a visiting PhD Candidate at Peking University’s Center for International Political Economy.

Errol MendesErrol Mendes – Faculty of Law

Professor Mendes has focused a substantial part of his teaching, research and publications on the impact of globalization on the institutions of global governance, including the international financial institutions, the World Trade Organization and the role that the global private sector has played in the shaping of the global and domestic political economies. His coauthored text with labour economist Ozay Mehmet titled “Global Governance, Economy and Law, Waiting for Justice” (Routledge, 2003) focused in part on the lessons learned and not learned from the Asian financial crisis including the dangers arising from moral hazard, short term capital flows, banking and hedge fund arbitrage and lack of transparency in many of the global players involved in the crisis. His prior book with the same co-author and Robert Sinding titled “Towards a Fair Global Labour Market” (Routledge, 1999) focused on the need for the global political economy to link the upward harmonization of labour standards with the global trading regime and respect for the fundamental labour and human rights standards established by the International Labour Organization and under other universally accepted human rights standards. Professor Mendes has also linked the need for the international financial institutions to also play its part in the emerging global fight against impunity for the most serious international crimes in his most recent publication titled “Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court, A Court of Last Resort” (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2010). His law faculty seminar course on globalization, economy and law started in 2003 was the first of its kind in law schools in Canada

Vincent Mirza – Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Vincent Mirza is assistant professor in anthropology at the department of Sociology and anthropology, University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on the dynamics of social transformations under advanced capitalism in Asia and more specifically in Japan. He examines how power relations articulate modes of domination in society, as well as the impossibility of reducing the social to its structures to understand the emergent, moving and fluid aspects of practices, representations and their transformations. He is interested in understanding as well how political economy is linked to everyday life, to different modes of incorporation and (dis)incorporation, but also how in the past, the present and the future are represented in the formation of a social order. He is currently working on two projects. The first examines young women representations of the economy in a time a crisis in Japan. The second focuses on the emerging forms of engagement and political movements whit young temp workers in Tokyo.

Geranda NottenGeranda Notten – Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Geranda Notten specializes in poverty and social policy research and has been working on developed and developing countries (European Union, United States, Russia, Congo Brazzaville). Her past research focused on poverty measurement and analysis and the impact of social (protection) transfers on income poverty. Geranda has extensive experience working with nationally representative multipurpose household surveys. In terms of social policy, her work involves the contextual mapping of social protection programs combining quantitative and qualitative information from a wide range of sources as well as estimating the impact of such programs on its beneficiaries and poverty in general using micro-simulation techniques and above-mentioned micro-databases. Her current research studies the relationship between income poverty and deprivation outcomes in children’s living conditions. In particular, the project focuses on the degree to which children are simultaneously deprived across domains of well-being. What patterns of multiple deprivations exist and how strongly are deprivation outcomes related to income poverty? It is expected that these patterns differ between characteristics of children, their direct environment and between countries. Though having a similar average living standard, differences in households’ access to private and public resources are likely to influence child deprivation outcomes between countries. To investigate these questions this project uses harmonized and nationally representative survey data on household’s living standards from Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (EU-SILC).

Jane Parpart

Jane L. Parpart is Professor Emeritus from Dalhousie University where she taught in the departments of international development studies, gender studies and history. She has been teaching at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine for the last four years as the graduate coordinator for the Institute of Gender and Development Studies. Her interests and writings centre these days on masculinity, gender and conflict; rethinking gender, agency and voice in development theory and policy; gender mainstreaming as a transformative force (or not)  and the urban middle class in Bulawayo Zimbabwe.

Matthew Paterson

Matthew Paterson – School of Political Studies

Matthew Paterson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the political economy of global environmental change. In addition to a book developing a general theoretical approach out of these interests, he has developed them in relation to global climate change and the politics of the automobile. His publications include Global Warming and Global Politics (Routledge 1996), Understanding Global Environmental Politics: Domination, Accumulation, Resistance, (Palgrave 2000), Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy (Cambridge University Press 2007), and most recently Climate Capitalism: global warming and the transformation of the global economy (with Peter Newell, Cambridge University Press 2010). He is working on a series of articles on the political economy of climate change governance, especially its ‘market-led’ character, and has recently started a research project entitled “Governance and legitimacy in carbon markets”, with Matthew Hoffmann, Steven Bernstein and Michele Betsill. He has also recently been appointed a Lead Author by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, working on the chapter on international cooperation for the 5th assessment report.

Hélène Pellerin – School of Political Studies

Hélène Pellerin has two specific research interests: the first concerns the establishment of mobility and movement (of people but also goods and services) in building economic models and practices of corporations and even governments. The models in the new economy, integrated trade, etc. are all illustrations of the rise in the “mobility” factor in the design of economic growth. The second research interest concerns the changing nature of work, from the experiences of transnational migration. New forms of “employment” seem to spread juxtaposing, for example, formal to informal and professional groups. These forms of work related question the logic of a labor market, as well as more traditional means of defending and protecting the rights of workers.

Arne RückertArne Rückert – School of Political Studies

Arne Rückert‘s current research focuses on developing a conceptual toolkit to better theorize the role of international organizations in public policy and governance processes in developing countries. To do so, he analyzes the implementation of poverty reduction strategies in Latin America. In this endeavor, he is drawing on the emerging public policy literature on multi-level governance and suggest that, due to the globalization of public policy making, the transnational scale has come to play a circumscribing role in the policy making process in developing countries. He combines this public policy literature with insights from international political economy (IPE), especially neo-Gramscian theory, in an effort to address the various theoretical shortcomings of the multi-level governance approach, in particular its power blindness and lack of normative considerations. In a second research project he is interrogating the emergence of post-neoliberal state forms in Latin America, and investigate the role of post-neoliberal states in addressing the crisis of social reproduction.

Mario SeccarecciaMario Seccareccia – Department of Economics

Mario Seccareccia has a strong interest in the broad areas of monetary economics and international finance. For instance, over the last decade, he has written on dollarization and has intervened on the question of North American monetary integration. Of particular importance is a short monograph produced for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in 2002 titled: North American Monetary Integration: Should Canada Join the Dollarization Bandwagon, as well as an edited book (with Louis-Philippe Rochon) titled: Dollarization: Lessons from Europe and the Americas, (London/New York: Routledge, 2003). In addition to having written a number of important articles on the question of monetary integration, in recent years, he has also been exploring such disparate topics as the international dimension of the financial crisis and the question of the financing of development and the need for a new international financial architecture. Two articles are noteworthy, the first (with Eugenia Correa) on: “The United States Financial Crisis and Its NAFTA Linkages”, International Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 38, no. 2 (Summer 2009), and another with (with Hassan Bougrine) on: “Financing of Development: Removing the External Constraint”, International Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 38, no. 4 (Winter 2009-2010). He has also research interests in other areas of economics and political economy, relating to central banking and, most recently, in the area of fiscal policy and the international financial crisis.

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw recently directed the IR Institute at the University of the West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. Prior to this he spent three decades as a professor of political studies and international development at Dalhousie. He continues to edit an IPE Series for Palgrave Macmillan and the IPE of New Regionalisms for Ashgate Publishing. His own research centers on African and Caribbean development and conflict, new regionalisms, and the BRIC countries Tim’s latest co-edited collections include: The Diplomacies of Small States: between vulnerability and resilience (with Andy Cooper, Palgrave Macmillan 2009), Inter-American Cooperation at a Crossroads (with Gordon Mace and Andy Cooper, Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Africa & IR in the 21st Century (with Scarlet Cornelissen and Fantu Cheru, Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms (with Andrew Grant & Scarlett Cornelissen, Ashgate 2011), and Rethinking Challenges for Public Policy in Africa (with George Kararach & Kobena Hanson). His is currently co-editing a Handbook on the IPE of Development with Edward Elgar and others.

Susan SpronkSusan Spronk – School of International Development and Global Studies

Susan Spronk is assistant professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies. Her research focuses on the experience of development in Latin America, more specifically the impact of neoliberalism on the transformation of the state and the rise of anti-privatization movements in the Andean region. Her latest research project examined the role of public sector unions and social movements in promoting the democratic reform of public water utilities in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. She obtained her PhD in Political Science from York University. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa faculty, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University. She is also a research associate with the Municipal Service Project, an IDRC-funded research project that focuses on policy alternatives in municipal service delivery in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Luc TurgeonLuc Turgeon – School of Political Studies

Luc Turgeon is assistant professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His current research focuses on three projects. First, he continues his work on the marketing of child care in Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Secondly, he is completing a book on the representation of different language groups in the Public Administration of Canada, Belgium and Switzerland. Third, he should start in the coming months a research project on the impact of capitalist development on the functioning of federal institutions in Australia, Canada and the United States.

Nathan YoungNathan Young – Department of Sociology

Nathan Young is interested in the nature of capitalism in non-urban places.His research focuses on rural and peripheral areas as sources of wealth and sites of inequality, the interaction between big capital (industrial resource extraction and agriculture) and local economies that are often informal and cooperative, and state management of rural enterprise and labour markets.He is also interested in urban-rural interdependency, migration, and different experiences of economic globalization.

William WaltersWilliam Walters – Department of Political Science, Carleton University

William Walters‘s research interests cross over into political economy (including its international aspects) in three areas. First, he has a longstanding interest in Michel Foucault’s political thought, especially his hypotheses about ‘governmentality’. For example, he has written about European ‘integration’ from the perspective of the invention of a new object of government following WWII, namely a ‘common market’. Second, he has been working for the last six years on problematizations of migration and politics, exploring in particular the governance of the state as a home (‘domopolitics’) and various struggles over what we might call the right to the road (‘viapolitics’). Finally, he started a new project examining security from the perspective of its material objects and set-ups. He is especially interested in moments when objects like the e-passport or the surveillance drone become the sites of publics. This project will also pay attention to the production, circulation and marketing of objects in relation to specific security industries.