Simon Fraser University

Political Science centre holds international event

Jun 26, 2003 , vol. 27, no. 5

By Stuart Colcleugh

The SFU centre for global political economy (CGPE) is barely two months old but it already has a successful international gathering under its belt.

In May, it held its first globalization symposium featuring an internationally recognized list of presenters from a variety of academic disciplines.

It was an auspicious beginning for the new centre, housed in the political science department, which was set up to organize regular conferences and workshops and to foster interdisciplinary research in political and economic studies.

CGPE membership is open to any SFU faculty member with research interests in global political economy who accepts an invitation to participate in one of the centre's projects.

The new centre's planned activities also include:

• organizing research teams to pursue major collaborative research grants;

• publishing CGPE workshop and conference results in books and academic journals;

• hosting visiting scholars and awarding non-resident fellowships;

• attracting post-doctoral fellows and encouraging scholarly exchanges among faculty and graduate students;

• assisting in the development of graduate courses and teaching materials.

CGPE director Stephen McBride says the centre aims to provide a focus for the university's existing strengths in the field of global political economy and to earn an international reputation as a hub for collaborative research in the area.

“The idea is to provide a stimulating environment where students and researchers from a variety of disciplines can share their ideas on global political economy, integrating international and domestic dimensions of the subject in line with the new global reality.”