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Research at the School of International Development and Global Studies

Research at the school

On the strength of Canada's two major intellectual traditions, anglophone and francophone, the Faculty of Social Sciences stands as a centre of excellence in knowledge creation, research and training. Driven by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, research at the Faculty is at once rich, innovative and varied, contributing to the depth and breadth of discussions on current issues here and elsewhere. And whether fundamental, theoretical, applied or action-oriented (action research), this research stems from proven expertise—most notably in Canada's Francophonie—and greatly influences individual communities and society in general.

In step with contemporary society on both the national and international fronts, the Faculty of Social Sciences fosters social innovation, creates and shares knowledge, promotes public policy development and builds research partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as community organizations.

Busy road in a developing country

“Jobs For Development Challenges and Solutions in Different Country Settings”

This publication is a sequel to the World Bank’s World Development Report 2013: Jobs. The central message of that report was that job creation is at the heart of development. Jobs raise living standards and lift people out of poverty, they contribute to gains in aggregate productivity, and they may even foster social cohesion.
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World of Ideas features

Barriolita residents explain their water problems to Hidrocapital engineer Daniel Pereira.

“Revolutionary Grandmothers and Radical Engineers: Venezuela’s Technical Water Committees”

Caracas’ water system is one of the most complex in the world. Given the city’s mountainous topography and the dense peri-urban barrios that climb its hillsides, providing universal access to water and sanitation is no easy feat.

Authors: Rebecca McMillan and Susan Spronk, School of International Development and Global Studies.

Temporary Foreign Workers

“Why Canada’s Immigration Policy is Unfair to Temporary Foreign Workers”

The federal government has long permitted migrant workers into the country on a temporary basis in order to fill short term gaps in specific sectors of the labour market. The two most important examples are seasonal agricultural workers and live-in caregivers, both of whom fill temporary labour shortages for specific employers. The number of these migrants has not changed much, but the government also permits the entry of temporary workers through what is called the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Author: Delphine Nakache, School of International Development and Global Studies.

Contact us

School of International Development and Global Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, Room 12002
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
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Tel.: 613-562-5680

[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday 
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Please note our services and our personnel are available by MS Teams and by email.

The Social Sciences (FSS) and Vanier (VNR) buildings are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.