Changing Orders: Shaping the Future and Securing Rights in a World in Transformation

The Changing Orders project aims to reveal the fundamental dynamics underlying today’s governance and human rights challenges at the national and global levels, and to generate new and innovative ideas and policy responses to them.

Working with the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, the Centre for International Policy Studies and the Refugee Hub, the initiative will mobilize cutting-edge research and networks of decision-makers to analyze these challenges and co-produce solutions to address them.

The project aims to answer:

  1. How to secure inclusive and durable democracies and multilateral cooperation in the face of political and technological change
  2. How to secure fundamental human rights in the face of challenges to the rules-based international order

The initiative will investigate opportunities to reform and reshape multilateral cooperation and for building more inclusive and equitable institutions. This includes a focus on aligning global and Canadian energy/climate imperatives in the context of calls for green recovery, as well as securing the rights of refugees at a time when the number of people displaced by conflict, persecution and mass atrocities is at record levels.

Collaborating Institutes:

Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) (Rita Abrahamsen, Ph.D.)

Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) ( Monica Gattinger, Ph.D.)

Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) (John Packer, Ph.D.)

Refugee Hub (Jennifer Bond)

Postdoctoral Fellows:

David Hughes has joined the collaborative research project Changing Orders: Shaping the Future and Securing Rights in a World in Transformation funded by the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue and will study how to secure fundamental human rights in the face of challenges to the rules-based international order.

Farai Chipato is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for International Policy Studies and an Alex Trebek fellow for the Changing Global Orders project. His research addresses issues of democracy, civil society and good governance in Zimbabwe, examining the relationship between global actors and local NGOs. He is also interested in issues of race identity and colonialism in international relations.

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