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Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 10: Building Beyond Uncertainty

March 11-13, 2021 - Hosted virtually by the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, Hamilton and our partners.

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 10: Building Beyond Uncertainty

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 Centre for Climate Change is excited to present Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 10: Building Beyond Uncertainty. The conference brings together graduate students whose research speaks to the questions raised in the fields of Globalization and policy studies.

Tenth Annual Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy

Conference Theme

Discussions of existing global policy paradigms, and globalization more generally, have been marking strong and significant shifts in our understanding, for the last ten years. New influences on our global system are emerging, and historic power structures are under revitalized analysis, some eventually reconsidered, reduced or removed from deliberation. And recent global crises have invigorated researchers to ask new questions, while revealing enormous inconsistencies and changeability in the foundations of existing policy paradigms. There is an expanding spotlight on both past and present changes to the global system, including global economic trends, population movement, information sharing, governance structures, and global health systems. What new governance opportunities are revealed when we explore these foundational changes? Is there a role for uncertainty and alternatives in our global paradigm? What is it possible to know about the global dimensions of policy? Are we witnessing a new paradigm of global policy building? What are the theoretical implications of these changes for global policy influence on local or domestic politics?

“Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 10: Building Beyond Uncertainty” McMaster University’s tenth annual Graduate Conference, invites interventions speaking to the all questions raised at the intersections of globalization and policy studies. The conference will be held virtually from March 11th -13th 2021. We welcome graduate students from all disciplines to submit proposals for a paper or poster presentation addressing any aspect of public policy that has a global dimension. This includes, but is not limited to, the disciplines of Political Science, International Development Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, History, Business, Geography, Law, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Labour Studies, Health Studies, and Philosophy


Conference Information

Conference program and speakers list are pending. Please check back for more information on Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 10: Building Beyond Uncertainty.


"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

Conference Sponsors


  • McMaster Centre for Climate Change
  • Institute for Globalization & the Human Condition
  • Department of Political Science
  • School of Earth, Environment & Society
  • McMaster University