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February 6-7, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 6

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University, in conjunction with the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization, Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Engineering and Public Policy Program, and the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, the Centre for Climate Change, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and CUPE 3906 cordially invites graduate students to the sixth Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy: Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 6.

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Sixth Annual Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy

Conference Theme

Drawing upon McMaster’s expertise in the field of international and comparative public policy, the conference theme focuses on the global dimension of policy and aims to bridge the gap between international relations and public policy by investigating how “the global,” including institutions, actors, structures, and ideas intersects with regional, national, and local jurisdictions to create particular policies and outcomes.  We welcome papers from all social science and humanities disciplines addressing any aspect of the internationalization of public policy, including, but not limited to Political Science, Sociology, History, Geography, Law, Psychology, Labour Studies, and Philosophy.

Open to Masters and PhD students, the interdisciplinary conference will provide students with the ideal setting to foster networks with fellow students and faculty in their area of research. More notably participants will benefit from in-depth feedback on their written work and presentation from a faculty discussant. The conference will also include a professional development workshop designed specifically for graduate students.

Panels / Topics

Topics include:

  • politics and policies of austerity
  • theories and applications of policy change
  • global governance and public policy
  • development and poverty
  • citizenship, borders and international migration
  • foreign policy and security
  • global health, aging and comparative health policy
  • environmental policy including climate change
  • employment and labour market policy
  • education and social policy
  • international trade, finance, and investment
  • Arctic policies
  • transnationalism: civil society, labour, and business
  • new constitutionalism

2017 Conference Program


"I received constructive, detailed and extensive feedback on the paper that I presented at McMaster's Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy graduate conference. The discussant's comments were all ones that strengthened my paper and were also focused on realistic areas for improvement that took into consideration my position as a graduate student with limited resources" – Conference attendant 

"I was very impressed with my discussant's feedback. It was above and beyond what I expected and it will prove very helpful in revising my paper" – Conference attendant

"I presented at the MGDP conference last year and was really impressed. I received amazing feedback that has really helped in moving my paper forward. I highly recommend the conference to anyone looking for engagement from their discussant" – Conference attendant

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