International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017

2017 Call for proposals

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Competition finalists

Foreign data-driven environmental policy in developing countries: Leveraging citizen science networks to assess natural resource sector impacts

Tyler Carlson

Tyler Carlson is a Master’s student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and a researcher with Living Lakes Canada and SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team. His research explores the potential of citizen science, and in particular, community-based water monitoring, to improve decision-making surrounding Canada’s freshwater resources. During his Master’s studies, Tyler was elected to the SFU Board of Governors and served on the Responsible Investment Committee where he oversaw the development of policies to promote sustainable and low-carbon investments in the university’s endowment fund. Currently, Tyler is interning as a climate policy analyst at Environment and Climate Change Canada and supporting the implementation of Canada’s national strategy on climate change.

Capturing Canadian best-practices for the global compacts and beyond

Tyler Foley

Tyler Foley is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University where he explores the intersection of humanitarianism, development, and forced migration. Previously, he worked for several years in humanitarian operations with Médecins Sans Frontières in Africa and Asia, and as a project coordinator with Aga Khan Foundation Canada in Ottawa. He earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick.

The Belt and Road Initiative: A new level of bilateral cooperation between Canada and China

Maha Kamel

Maha Kamel is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, Ontario. She works on China’s role in the international monetary and financial system, the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the Renminbi. She has a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a MA in Political Economy from the University of Essex. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the international monetary and financial negotiation in the G20 amidst the global financial crisis. She taught graduate and undergraduate level courses on international economics and politics and was a Research Associate at the Centre for Rising Power (CRP), University of Cambridge.

Optimizing Canada’s international assistance efforts with blockchain technology: An assessment of regulatory challenges at home and abroad

Amìr Korhani – Lead Researcher, Laura Garcia – Collaborator

Amìr Korhani is a first-year Ph.D. student in Law at the University of Ottawa. His research is in law and technology, focusing mainly on disruptive technologies’ impact on society. Amìr has conducted research for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and interned at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Global Affairs. He is currently working as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa.

Laura Garcia is a Ph.D. candidate in Law and co-president of the Graduate Students in Law association (GSLEDD) at the University of Ottawa. Her area of research is law and technology, with focus on privacy and location technologies. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia with a degree in Law. In 2014, she obtained a LLM with concentration in Law and Technology from the University of Ottawa.

Blockchain technologies: A survey of potential applications to the Global Affairs Canada mandate

Guillaume Lord

Guillaume Lord is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at McGill University, where he specializes in Environmental Economics. His thesis research focuses on how international agreements on climate change can be better designed to create economic incentives favourable to higher levels of ambition, participation and compliance. The potential avenues of solution he considers include the innovative use of financial instruments and emerging blockchain technologies to commit to emission targets. He was recently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York and has previously been a course lecturer in Environmental Economics at McGill University, where he has also obtained a B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science as well as an MA in Economics. He has been involved in numerous extracurricular and outreach activities, including as the president and co-founder of the McGill Economics Graduate Student Association.

Refugee responsibility sharing through innovative finance and risk-based mechanisms: Opportunities for Canada to lead

Olivia Matthews – Lead Researcher

Olivia is a candidate for the Master of International Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. As a recipient of a Centre for International Governance Innovation Graduate Fellowship, Olivia has been researching innovative financing options to improve cooperation for international refugee responsibility-sharing. Olivia completed an Honours Degree in Global Studies and Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). Throughout her undergraduate career, Olivia was involved in WLU’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and an internship with the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Most recently, Olivia completed a year term as President & CEO of the WLU Students’ Union.

Dani Marcheva – Collaborator

Dani Marcheva is a Master’s student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Governance. Her research focusses on the issue of energy poverty in Central and Eastern Europe. Dani has international professional experience in research and policy, gained from working in Bulgaria, England and Canada. Currently she works as a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on the Global Leadership and International Cooperation for Refugees project.


Dominique Souris – Collaborator

Dominique Souris is a Master’s student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Graduate Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Her research explores innovative finance for climate-related loss and damage and refugee responsibility sharing. As one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders, Dominique is passionate about engaging young people in climate action, policy and social innovation. Dominique actively works with youth across the globe to increase the participation and capacity of young people in UN processes. Dominique has advised and worked for a number of local and international institutions, such as UNEP, UNESCO, IDRC, as well as state governments.

Promoting and supporting transparency and open data as part of post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Colombia

Christian Medina-Ramirez

Christian Medina-Ramirez is a researcher and a free-lance writer based in Montreal, QC. He holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada). His areas of expertise include the intersections between natural resources, armed conflict, criminal/terrorist networks and development. He is a strong advocate for the democratization of knowledge and data. His current research focuses on ways that access to information and data can help post-conflict societies.

Canada and the governance of outer space

Gregory Sharp

A Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Greg Sharp’s research focuses on the international relations of frontiers (both physical and otherwise). He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from UBC, where his work focused on the Arctic, and a Master of International Public Management from Sciences Po Paris, where he majored in Diplomacy and Intelligence studies. In his spare time, Greg is an avid traveler, outdoor enthusiast, and a huge fan of science fiction. Previously Greg has interned and worked in France, Belgium, Iceland, and Canada.

Formulating Canada FTA strategy: Advancing a progressive trade agenda

Fanny Siauw-Soegiarto

Fanny Siauw-Soegiarto is a Ph.D. student in the International Economic Policy stream of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. She is also a Research Associate at Carleton’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law and a Guest Editor for NPSIA’s Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. Her doctoral research employs an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the proliferation and the effects of free trade agreements. She specializes in trade and investment policy analysis using gravity modelling with a regional focus on ASEAN and Indonesia. Her other research interests include Canadian trade policies, international trade negotiations and digital economy. She holds an MA in Economics with a Financial Economics concentration from Carleton University and a BA in Economics from the University of Manitoba.

Inclusive Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)+ in public participation processes

Maïka Sondarjee – Lead Researcher

Maïka Sondarjee is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Montreal and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from UQAM. She studies shifts towards participatory processes in development projects, especially the World Bank poverty reduction strategy. She regularly gives guest lectures on critical gender studies and participated in a dozen international conferences. She contributes to various media on a range of topics, namely the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, Indian politics, the Francophonie, as well as the policies of the IMF and the World Bank. She worked with NGOs on the ground in Bolivia, Burkina Faso and India. Her research is financed by SSHRC.

Nicole Swerhun – Collaborator

Nicole Swerhun holds a BSc in Ecology and Evolution and an MBA in Business and Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Twelve years ago she founded Swerhun Inc., a firm dedicated to making complex, often controversial and high profile, multi-stakeholder projects constructive and manageable. She helps connect decision makers to the constituencies they serve. Nicole has led the design and delivery of engagement projects in post-war Bosnia, post-Katrina New Orleans, and in several cities across Canada and the US. The projects she works on deal with a range of public policy issues, from land use, transportation, and community services to growth management and infrastructure investment.

Timeline

Call for proposalsJanuary 2017
Officials of Global Affairs Canada held a virtual session to address questions from interested applicants. Read the question and answer summary.February 22, 2017
Application deadlineMarch 13, 2017
Assessment of applications *March 2017
Selection of the ten winning entriesApril 2017
Joint SSHRC/GAC press release to announce the winnersearly May 2017
A virtual workshop for selected candidates to discuss their projectsMay 2017
Policy briefs dueSeptember 5, 2017
Presentation of final research products to Government of Canada Officials and participation in the Knowledge Summit of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaNovember 2017
Dissemination of the proceedings of the GAC SymposiumFebruary 2018

* As the final step in the assessment process, shortlisted candidates may be invited to present their proposals virtually to a Global Affairs Canada jury.

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