International Development Studies Program

Speakers Series & Lectures

IDS Speakers Series

IDS at Saint Mary’s has one of the longest-running development studies speakers series in the country. The Speakers Series provides a forum for students to discuss central development issues with invited guests from academia, NGOs, multilateral agencies, government, and the private sector. Graduate students are required to participate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. The series is generally held on Fridays throughout the academic year from 12-1:30 pm, with alternatives dates as necessary.


IDS Speaker Series 2019-2020 FULL SCHEDULE:


Friday 4 October | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. John Cameron

What's Love Got to Do with It? Bringing Love (Back) into International Development Research


Friday 25 October | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Zayago-Lau 

Towards a contextual analysis of science and technology for development


Friday 8 November| 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Sutapa Chattopadhyay 

Development-induced displacement and the impact on indigenous women

  • Friday Speaker Series - Dr. Sutapa Chattopadhyay


Friday 22 November | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Sokratis Koniordos

From the Semi-periphery to the Centre: Transnational Migration in the Context of the Greek Crisis and its Development Potential



Friday 29 November | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Catherine Baillie Abidi

Preventing the use of Child Soldiers- Strategies for Long term Change


Friday 17 January | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Judi Fairholm

Child protection and violence prevention in developing countries (conflict/post conflict)


Friday 31 January| 12:00 to 1:30pm


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Friday 14 February | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Carmen Jacqueline Ho

Social policies in South East Asia

  • Friday Speaker Series - Dr. Carmen Jacqueline Ho


Friday 28 February | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Mehmet Nuri Gultekin 

Refugees, Immigrants and Development in Turkey

  • Friday Speaker Series - Dr. Mehmet Nuri Gultekin



Friday, March | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Leah Polonenko  

Experiential learning and preparing for the field in international development studies

  • Friday Speaker Series - Dr. Leah Polonenko


Friday 20 March | 12:00 to 1:30pm

Dr. Sonia Lazlo 

Peru’s Conditional Cash Transfer, Women’s Empowerment, and Fertility

  • Friday Speaker Series - Dr. Sonia Lazlo