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Student Members


Name Description Contact
Barber, Nicholas

PhD candidate;
The Impact of Participatory Video Making and Circulation on Indigenous Identities in sub-Saharan Africa
Research Interests: Indigenous Media, Indigenous Identity, African Indigenous Cultures, Visual Anthropology

Postdoctoral Fellows


Name Description Contact
Rudiak-Gould, Peter Climate change; environmental discourse; metaculture; historical narratives; science communication peter [dot] rudiak-gould [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD)

The Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD) is an interdisciplinary research institution founded in 1990 to foster research on development at McGill University.


STANDD's mandate is to provide a setting for transdisciplinary research and learning at McGill regarding cultural, social, and technological aspects of development. Its aims include the integration of research, having both scientific and policy significance, on the developing world.

Director & Academic Staff

Faculty Members

Professor Colin Scott is the current STANDD director. 

University researchers from McGill's Department of Anthropology: professors John Galaty and Ronald Niezen

STANDD Coordinators

Graduate Student Coordinators

Qiuyu Jiang & Nicholas Barber


Institution and research focus

A current focus of centre research is on the implications of property forms of poorer regions of the world. Property rights are central to how social and technological factors influence development, by structuring how people manage their resources and provide for their essential needs. Linking people to the environment, rights in resources secure the basis on which cultural and biological diversity is maintained. Changes in systems of agrarian property are both symptom and cause of environmental decline and poverty.


STANDD publishes working papers and bibliographies on a number of relevant topics. Click on the titles below to download these publications [PDF], or contact STANDD at the address provided.