ISID Faculty

Nii Addy

Assistant Professor (Research), Institute for the Study of International Development

Dr. Nii Addy is Assistant Professor (Research) at the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), McGill University. Prior, he was at the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE), in the Desautels Faculty of Management. Dr. Addy’s work focuses on developing, implementing, and assessing strategies and policies for institutional change in multi-stakeholder partnerships spanning societal sectors (businesses, public agencies, and civil society organizations) and industrial sectors (education, nutrition, health, agriculture, etc.). His interdisciplinary research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, with the goal of informing how diverse stakeholders can work together effectively for sustainable development. He applies his research in training leaders from various sectors as they engage in partnerships for collective impact. His current projects include cross-sector partnerships promoting entrepreneurship for improvements in agri-food, nutrition and health in North America and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). He has been a researcher and consultant on projects for a number of organizations, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and ICF International. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, where he specialized in Organization Studies and International Comparative Education. He has a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College, and a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Francesco Amodio

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Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development and Department of Economics

Francesco Amodio earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona in 2015. He is an applied microeconomist with a strong interest in labor economics and its intersection with development and political economy. Specifically, his research agenda addresses: (i) management practices, accessibility of markets and productivity of firms in developing countries, (ii) the political economy of conflict and labor markets, and (iii) the role of investment in protection technologies in explaining the incidence of crime.

Diana Allan

Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development and Department of Anthropology

Diana Allan earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 2008, and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2009-2012. Her work as scholar, archivist and filmmaker has centered on the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon, and her ethnography Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (Stanford University Press, 2014) won the 2014 Palestine Book Award, and the Middle East Studies Book Award at the 2015 American Anthropological Association meeting. She is the founder and co-director of the Nakba Archive and Lens on Lebanon, a participatory film and photographic initiative funded by the Soros Foundation. She was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 in film and anthropology, and was a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell between 2013 – 15. Her current research explores Lebanon’s informal economy and the politics of infrastructure and service provision.

Manuel Balan

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Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development and Department of Political Science

Manuel Balán earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was nominated for the American Political Science Association's Gabriel A. Almond prize for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics.

Main Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Corruption and Development, Political Competition, Politics of the Media and Scandals, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policies, Political parties and political Systems, Constitutional Design and Implementation, Research Design, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, Formal Modeling.

Selected Publications

  • “Competition by Denunciation: The Political Dynamics of Corruption Scandals in Argentina and Chile.” Comparative Politics. 43(4): 459-478.
  • “La Denuncia como Estrategia.” Desarrollo Económico. (Forthcoming).
  • “The Process of Adoption of Freedom of Information Acts: A Nested Logit Model.” Under Review.
  • “From Freedom of Expression to Media (In)dependence: Media Coverage of Corruption Scandals in Latin America.” Manuscript in Preparation.
  • “Independent Controls or Political Weapons? The Role of Control Agencies in Denouncing Corruption.” Manuscript in Preparation.

Selected Presentations

  • “La Denuncia como Estrategia.” Paper presented at Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 2011.
  • “The Process of Adoption of Freedom of Information Laws: A Nested Logit Model.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Toronto, Canada. September 2009.
  • “From Corruption to Corruption Scandal: The Political Dynamics of Corruption Scandals in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.” Paper presented at the Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, United States. April 2009.

Megan Bradley

Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development and Department of Political Science

Megan Bradley is an associate professor of political science and international development studies at McGill University. Her research and teaching focuses on refugees, humanitarianism, human rights and transitional justice. She is the author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The International Organization for Migration: Commitments, Challenges, Complexities (Routledge, forthcoming), editor of Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and co-editor (with James Milner and Blair Peruniak) of Refugees' Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace: Beyond Beneficiaries (Georgetown University Press, 2019).

Yann le Polain de Waroux

Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development and Department of Geography, Faculty of Science

Yann le le Polain de Waroux has a doctorate from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and most recently held a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.  His research examines the role of people’s livelihood and land use choices as a nexus between social and environmental, and global and local dynamics in rural areas of the Global South. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between globalization, human and capital mobility and land-use change, and its implications for development and environmental sustainability; and in the role of learning and adaptation processes in strengthening the resilience of rural communities in the face of environmental change. He uses an empirical approach integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to explore these questions. His main areas of interest have been North Africa — specifically woodlands of Southern Morocco — and the Gran Chaco ecoregion of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. His current work investigates the transformation of land use around agricultural commodity frontiers, and the role of structural and agent-level factors in their expansion.

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Research Interests:

  • Studying the factors behind the expansion of commodity production in South American woodlands, with focus on the Gran Chaco region
  • Examining spillovers and displacement of land use
  • Investigating transformations of land use and livelihoods around agricultural frontiers

Recent Publications:

  • le Polain de Waroux, Y., Baumann, M., Gasparri, N.I., Gavier-Pizarro, G., Godar, J., Kuemmerle, T., Müller, R., Vázquez, F., Volante, J.N. & Meyfroidt, P.  "Rents, actors, and the expansion of commodity frontiers in the Gran Chaco". Annals of the Association of American Geographers (in press).
  • le Polain de Waroux, Y., Garrett, R. D., Graesser, J., Nolte, C., White, C., & Lambin, E. F. (2017). "The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations". World Development (accessible online).
  • le Polain de Waroux, Y., Garrett, R., Heilmayr, R., & Lambin, E.F. (2016). "Land use policies and corporate investments in agriculture in the Gran Chaco and Chiquitano". Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 113(15): 4021-4026.

Kazue Takamura

Kazue Takamura is Faculty Lecturer at McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She joined ISID in September 2014. Takamura’s research is centered on the precarious mobility of migrants from developing countries, with a particular focus on Asia. Her research engages especially with questions of rights, gender, migrant vulnerabilities, and surveillance regimes. As a 2012-14 FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill’s School of Social Work, Takamura pursued research on Filipina migrant caregivers in Quebec and their distinct vulnerabilities that are inherent in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. In April 2017, She received an international research grant from the Toyota Foundation for a project entitled, “Ethnography of Immigration Detention and Migrant Advocacy in Japan and Canada.” Her research pays attention to the mechanism of migrant surveillance regimes, the plight of detained migrants and asylum-seekers, and the role of migrant advocacy groups. Takamura has co-authored an ISID Policy Brief with Erik Kuhonta entitled, “Human Rights of Non-Status Migrants in Japan” that is based on her fieldwork in 2017. Takamura is currently working on a journal article examining the distinct characteristics of Japan’s migrant surveillance regime. She has also an edited book project that unpacks the intersection between migrant vulnerabilities, neoliberal promotion of labor flexibility, and punitive immigration laws in Asia. Takamura is a recipient of the Arts Undergraduate Society Teaching Excellence Award (2018) as well as the International Development Studies (IDS) Most Outstanding Faculty Award (2018).