The Institute for the Study of International Development, previously located in Peterson Hall, has moved to a new building at 3610 McTavish. Our new home can be found just a two minute walk further up McTavish, on the corner of Dr-Penfield. ISID’s administrative offices can be found on the 2nd floor of 3610, accessible either by stairs or by elevator.  ISID is participating in the "return to campus", and this fall our offices will be open Monday to Friday with reduced staff.  Please remember to wear a mask if you will be visiting us.


Published on: 17 Aug 2021

ISID congratulates Justine Coutu -- winner of the 2021 Albert O. Hirschman Prize for Best Undergraduate Research Essay in International Development Studies for her paper on “Addressing the Humanitarian Needs of Venezuelan Migrants at the Colombian Border: Implementing the Food Voucher for Vulnerable Migrants Program".  Justine submitted this paper as part of her work for INTD 497, "Freedom of Movement in the 21st Century", with Professor Blair Peruniak.

Classified as: Hirschman; INTD 497: undergraduate awards; justine coutu;
Published on: 28 May 2021

Mr Bart Édes joins ISID as Professor of Practice for a two year term beginning May 1 2021.  At the Institute, Mr Édes will broaden capacities in relation to Asia and will complement other ISID research agendas in such areas as development finance, strategic partnerships, and sustainable development. Of particular interest is his planned study of digital initiatives for development in the post-pandemic era.

Classified as: Asia, Asian Development Bank, Professors of Practice, development finance, development cooperation
Published on: 23 Apr 2021

The post-COVID19 pandemic economic recovery plans provide a unique opportunity to make economies and communities more adapted and resilient to climate change. ISID Professor of Practice Jamal Saghir and Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, former Senior Director for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure at the World Bank, discuss in ISID's latest policy brief.

Classified as: covid19, climate change, sustainable development, economic recovery
Published on: 4 Mar 2021

Professor Erik Kuhonta of ISID has written an oped piece in the Globe and Mail on the recent unrest in Myanmar.  Read it here:

Published on: 15 Feb 2021

On 8 November 2020, Myanmar will hold its second election since the country’s gradual liberalization began. Despite presenting itself as a force for liberal democracy five years ago, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has demonstrated its unwillingness to commit itself to the protection of civil freedoms and the expansion of federal governance.

Classified as: Myanmar, South East Asia, Elections, Politics, ISID
Published on: 4 Nov 2020

Alec Regino, a graduate student in ISID's DSO (Development Studies Option) program, has penned an op/ed piece in the Washington Post on COVID-19 and the Duterte regime in the Philippines.  The article is available online at the following link:

Classified as: Development Studies Option, DSO, covid19, Philipppines, Duterte
Published on: 9 Jun 2020

The Institute for the Study of International Development congratulates Ms Émilie Vaillancourt, this year's winner of one of two Norman Prentice awards. Émilie was a joint honours student in the International Development Studies program.  The Norman Prentice awards are given annually to two students graduating in the Faculty of Arts with excellent academic records who have also made distinguished contributions to the Faculty and/or the University.

Published on: 9 Jun 2020

ISID congratulates Barbara Clark -- winner of the 2020 Albert O. Hirschman Prize for Best Undergraduate Research Essay in International Development Studies for her paper on “Water Sanitation Security: The Implementation of Autonomous Desalination in the Gaza Strip."

Published on: 8 May 2020

The challenge of water security is growing globally. Achieving and sustaining water security, in both developed and developing countries, is likely to increase in complexity and priority as climate change intensifies, but also as the demands of economic growth increase. For most MENA countries that were already facing water security and major social, health and economic challenges before COVID-19, this additional pressure is particularly excruciating. Like COVID-19 and climate change, water scarcity in MENA is a global problem that requires collective action.

Classified as: covid-19, water resources, water, coronavirus, middle east, Arab Countries, Middle East and North Africa
Published on: 6 May 2020

ISID congratulates its faculty member and Associate Director, Professor Megan Bradley, for receiving the 2020 Principal's Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers!  Professor Bradley was also recently named a William Dawson Scholar.  McGill’s William Dawson Scholar Award recognizes scholars poised to become leaders in their fields and are awarded for a five-year term, similar to that of a CRC Tier 2 Chair. The Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers was created in 2013 to encourage and celebrate McGill’s most outstanding early-career researchers.

Published on: 14 Apr 2020

ISID's Jamal Saghir has produced, in coordiation with the Payne Institute for Public Policy, a commentary paper entitled "Post COVID-19 New World Configuration and Climate Change Actions:  Two Urgent Priorities".  The full paper is available online at the Payne Institute for Public Policy.  

Classified as: covid-19, coronavirus, public policy, climate change
Published on: 14 Apr 2020

More than ever now, Africa is being studied, watched, admired, criticized and exported. In this continual movement of creating new understandings, dismantling biased thought systems and valuing native culture, the creators of this journal, UHURU 2020, give life to the conceptualization of new issues facing Africa in this edition. We hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together with the contributions of students tackling issues across the whole continent! Again, thank you and, we can't say this enough, stay home, stay safe. - Uhuru Team 2020

Classified as: africa, African Studies
Published on: 30 Mar 2020

The Institite for the Study of International Development and the McGill Southeast Asia Research Program (SEARP) are glad to announce that Myanmar based gender expert, May Sabe Phyu, has recently won an N-Peace Award from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). We were lucky to interview May when she visited the International Development Research Center (IDRC) headquarters in Ottawa in May 2019 to give a talk on female political participation in Myanmar.

Classified as: southeast asia, Myanmar, women, democratic development, political participation
Published on: 11 Mar 2020

ISID congratulates Nhu Truong who has just been awarded a Shorenstein postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.  As a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow on Contemporary Asia, Dr Truong will pursue research on why some authoritarian regimes are more responsive than others.

Nhu won a graduate field research award from the Institute in 2017 in order to pursue her research in Vietnam and China.

Classified as: authoritarian regimes, Asia, China, Vietnam
Published on: 20 Feb 2020


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