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Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 9: Towards a New Policy Paradigm?

March 13-14, 2020 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Conference Cancelled

The Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy Conference at McMaster has been cancelled this year. The university has issued a statement cancelling all discretionary events, which includes our conference. You can read more details here:


We want to thank you for willingness to participate in the conference and we hope that you will consider being involved next year.


We know there will be questions regarding the cancellation and we will work to respond to all of them, but we ask that you give us time to sort through this as it is all happening very quickly.

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 9: Towards a New Policy Paradigm?

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 9: Towards a New Policy Paradigm?. The conference brings together graduate students whose research speaks to the questions raised in the fields of Globalization and policy studies.

Ninth Annual Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy

Conference Theme


The capacity for global policy makers to influence domestic politics has for a long time been analyzed within a global policy paradigm where supranational actors exert pressure in shaping domestic political decisions. With the emergence of populist governments, the increasing shift from North- South relations towards South-South relations, the rapid expansion of technological developments and access to information, or the emergence of newly powerful economic countries (i.e. BRICS) challenging the old global economic establishment, are we witnessing a new global policy making paradigm? What influence do global policy makers have on domestic politics when it comes to larger global concerns (i.e. migration, trade or environmental policies)? What are the theoretical implications of these changes for global policy making and domestic politics?


Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 9: Towards a New Global Policy Paradigm?, McMaster University’s ninth annual Graduate Conference, invites interventions speaking to the questions raised in the fields of Globalization and policy studies. The conference will be held March 13-14, 2020 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. We welcome graduate students from all disciplines to submit proposals for a paper or poster presentation addressing any aspect of public policy that has a global dimension. This includes, but is not limited to, the disciplines of Political Science, International Development Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, History, Business, Geography, Law, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Labour Studies, Health Studies, and Philosophy.


Conference Information

Please join us at this year’s Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy graduate student conference. The conference is put on by the Department of Political Science and its partners each year. The conference features an incredible lineup of graduate student research presentations and two fantastic plenary speakers. Opening the conference will be Dr. Miranda Schreurs (Technical University Munich) with a talk titled, “The Link Between Global Climate Governance and Big Environmental, Political, Social and Technological Transformations.” On the second day of the conference Dr. Philippe Frowd (University of Ottawa) will present his keynote lecture titled, “Forget externalization: logics of border security in the Sahel”

In addition to the student presentations and two plenaries, we are also excited to announce our first Closing Roundtable, featuring reflections on globalization and public policy from Dr. Judy FudgeDr. Cliff van der LindenDr. Don Kingsbury and Dr. Stephen McBride as well a professional development panel for our participants.

The program for the event, abstracts and conference poster is available below. 

If you are interested in attending, please register for the conference


Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Poster (HTML)

Conference Program 

Conference Abstracts 

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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

Conference Sponsors


  • School of Geography and Earth Sciences
  • McMaster Centre for Climate Change
  • Institute for Globalization & the Human Condition
  • Department of Political Science
  • W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
  • McMaster University