The Policy Brief program with GAC is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain mentorship and guidance from senior scholars as they advance their own policy research and writing skills.

Under the program, clusters of three to four students are selected to participate in projects led by BSIA faculty that engage them in both independent and collective research and policy analysis. The program is divided into three phases. The first is the research phase, during which students develop a high degree of substantive expertise on the subject matter of the project. The second phase is the policy brief stage, when students co-author a briefing note that draws on their collective research from the first phase. The third phase is the presentation phase, which includes a day of oral briefings at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. Students will be given an opportunity to present their briefing notes and the findings of their research to, and receive critical feedback from, policy experts with global experience. Following the presentation in Ottawa, students are invited to revise their briefing notes based on the feedback they received prior to submitting the notes for publication.

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2020 Individual Policy Briefs

Human Rights and Development in a Digital Age

Human Rights in the Digital Age: Inclusive Policies on Data Privacy
Violette Khammad, Bryn McAuley, Sarah Murray and Naomi Pearson
Supervisor: Andrew Thompson

The Fintech Opportunity
Jamie Sgro, Peter Smalley and Nathaniel Welch
Supervisor: Pierre Siklos

International Assistance in the Digital Age: Fostering Health Data-Technology Partnerships
Ambika Opal, Cassandra Bangay, Laura Robinson and Vincent Vilaca
Supervisor: Scott Janzwood

Urbanization and Migration

Rapid Urbanization and the Informal Economy
Alison Reiszadeh, Alana Westervelt and Johanna Wilkes
Supervisors: Jonathan Crush, Mary Caesar, Liam Riley

Xenophobic Populism in Europe and the Threat It Poses to the Rules-based International Order
Maria Almhana, Kayla Grant, Manuela Jimenez and Kristina Mastelica
Supervisors: Alison Mountz, Kim Rygiel

Global Compact for Migration: Gender Responsiveness, Implementation and Canada’s Role
Annalisa Lochan, Zoe Fortier, Britney Raby, Horacio Julian Venegas and Nawroos Shibli
Supervisors: Jenna Hennebry, Allison Petrozziello

Trade and the Environment

Canadian Trade Diversification
Jacob Dinn, Doreen Hüls, Logan Miller and Sophie Wang
Supervisor: John Ravenhill

Decarbonizing Global Electricity Generation: Canada’s Role
Kevin Brink, Jonathan Hui and Stefano Lopreiato
Supervisor: Jatin Nathwani

Two Birds, One Stone: Policy Coherence for Feminist Climate Compatible Development
Kayleigh Swanson and Clare Urquhart
Supervisor: Vanessa Schweizer

Security in a Turbulent World

The Future of Peacekeeping
Jalil Benish, Katelyn Forsyth, Abdi Issa and Samuel Vargas
Supervisors: Timothy Donais, Eric Tanguay

Climate Security in the Asia Pacific
Simon Gonsalves, Graydon Fleming and So Youn (Annie) Kim
Supervisor: Kimie Hara

Canada’s Contribution to Peace, Stability and the Rule of Law in the South China Sea
Adnan Ali, Kristen Csenkey, Jeremy Loshak and Noor Mirza
Supervisor: David Welch

2019 Report

2018 Report

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2017 Report

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