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February 5-6, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 7

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, the Centre for Climate Change, the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis cordially invites graduate students to the seventh Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy: Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 7.

Seventh Annual Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy

Conference Theme

Drawing upon McMaster’s expertise in the field of international and comparative public policy, the conference seeks to unpack the global dimensions of policy in order to bridge the gap between international relations, international political economy, and public policy. In doing so we investigate how ‘the global’ – including the institutions, actors, structures, and ideas which underpin it – intersects with regional, national, subnational, and local jurisdictions to produce particular policies and outcomes.

As an interdisciplinary conference we welcome proposals from all social science and humanities disciplines addressing any aspect of the internationalization of public policy including, but not limited to Political Science, Sociology, Gerontology, History, Geography, Law, Psychology, Labour Studies, Health Studies, and Philosophy. Past conferences have included presentations which have asked the following questions:

  • How have policies and practices responded to global population aging?
  • How have border policies enabled the growth of border economies?
  • How might the WTO help to support national economic ‘distinctiveness’ within its framework?
  • What role can a non-binding international agreement play in eliciting national policy change?

Open to Masters and PhD students, the interdisciplinary conference will provide students with the ideal setting to foster networks with fellow students and faculty in their area of research. Each participant will also benefit from in-depth feedback on their written work and presentation from a faculty discussant. The conference will also include a professional development workshop designed specifically for graduate students.

Panels / Topics

Topics include:

  • health and social policy
  • Indigeneity
  • migration
  • politics and policies of austerity
  • international organizations
  • international trade, finance, and investment
  • social movements
  • transnationalism: civil society, labour, and business
  • foreign policy
  • international cooperation
  • environmental policy including climate change
  • infrastructure
  • security

If you have any questions 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