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March 8-9, 2019 in Hamilton, Ontario

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 8: Global Policy and the Discontented

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University, in conjunction with the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization, Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Engineering and Public Policy Program, and the Centre for Climate Change is excited to present Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 8: Global Policy and the Discontented. The conference brings together graduate students whose research speaks to the questions raised in the fields of Globalization and policy studies.

Eighth Annual Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy

Conference Theme

In an age of increasing disenchantment with existing forms of global politics and international policy coordination, how are we to understand the role global relationships play in policymaking? How should academics and policymakers navigate this new landscape? Twenty years after the publication of Saskia Sassen’s Globalization and its Discontents, Susan Strange’s Mad Money, and John Ruggie’s Constructing the World Polity, the assumption of globalization as a positive force is undergoing re-evaluation in the public realm.

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 8: Global Policy and the Discontented, McMaster University’s eighth annual Graduate Conference, offers interventions speaking to the questions raised in the fields of Globalization and policy studies. The conference will be held March 8-9, 2019 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. We are excited to welcome those interested in any aspect of globalization or international public policy to come hear more about the exciting research graduate students are doing in these fields.

This year we are excited to be able to offer participants the opportunity to submit their papers for publication in McMaster Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition’s refereed Working Paper Series. As with past years, each participant will benefit from in-depth feedback on their written work and presentation from a faculty discussant. We are also looking forward to offering more professional development opportunities, and will be closing with a faculty roundtable which will speak to the themes presented by participants throughout the conference.

Panels / Topics

With the conference fast approaching we are now finalizing the program and have opened registration. The program will be posted online once it has been completed in early February.

We are excited to announce the following panel topics for 2019:

  • Power & Diplomacy: Addressing New Challenges in a Global System
  • Digging In: Resource Extraction and Development in the Global Era
  • Bringing the Global Political Economy into Everyday Focus
  • Exploring Health Policy in the Current International Context
  • Im/Mobile Bodies: Governing Migration, Borders and Citizenship
  • Green Futures? Climate Change and the Challenge of Environmental Governance
  • Intersections between the Global and the Local
  • Governing In/Security

In addition to this exciting program, we are delighted to announce our two plenary speakers:

  • Dr. Judy Fudge, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University
    • From Combating Human Trafficking to Eradicating Modern Slavery: Assembling a Global Governance Regime
  • Dr. Hayden King, Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson University
    • Inter-national Diplomacy of the Blockade: The Clash of Indigenous and Western Policy Frameworks


If you have any questions about a proposal or topic, please feel free to email and we would be happy to discuss it with you.

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"I received constructive, detailed and extensive feedback on the paper that I presented at McMaster's Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy graduate conference. The discussant's comments were all ones that strengthened my paper and were also focused on realistic areas for improvement that took into consideration my position as a graduate student with limited resources" – Conference attendant 

"I was very impressed with my discussant's feedback. It was above and beyond what I expected and it will prove very helpful in revising my paper" – Conference attendant

"I presented at the MGDP conference last year and was really impressed. I received amazing feedback that has really helped in moving my paper forward. I highly recommend the conference to anyone looking for engagement from their discussant" – Conference attendant