Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Patricia Goff’s current SSHRC-funded research explores the political economy of traditional knowledge. Patricia, an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, found opportunities for synergism when she joined us as an IPinCH Associate Scholar. Her valuable perspectives as a political scientist will be a welcome contribution to our interdisciplinary project. Patricia’s research scope is worldwide; her overarching interest is in the challenges international organizations face in accommodating the cultural diversity of their stakeholders. She is currently studying the work of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. She will bring this experience and knowledge to IPinCH, contributing to its Knowledge Base, and joining the Customary, Conventional and Vernacular Legal Forms Working Group. Patricia is currently executive director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She is the author of Limits to Liberation: Local Culture in a Global Marketplace (2007), and co-editor of Irrelevant or Indispensable? The United Nations in the 21st Century (2005)as well as Identity and Global Politics: Theoretical and Empirical Elaborations (2004).