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In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007 austerity is often viewed as the new normal.

The Austerity Research Group, with members from seven social science disciplines, formed to investigate the theory, practice and results of austerity policies.

Several faculty including Michelle Dion, Peter Graefe, Stephen McBride, Robert O’Brien, and Don Wells participate in interdisciplinary research group on austerity.  The Austerity Research Group has organized several SSHRC-funded workshops and departmental seminars on themes related to austerity.

Michelle L. Dion

Ph.D. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll2002


Associate Professor

Stephen McBride


Professor | Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization

Robert O'Brien

Ph.D. Political Science, York University (Canada)1992


Professor

Donald Wells


Professor Emeritus