Lydia Callies

Lydia Callies is a graduate student of the Balsillie School of International Affairs’ Master of Arts in Global Governance. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa.

As an International Development student, Lydia’s undergraduate career was shaped by the unveiling of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This served as a point of reference throughout her academic career. A culminating undergraduate experience was serving as a research assistant for the Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, through which Lydia was involved in reviewing and drafting content for the North America section of the United Cities and Local Governments’ GOLD report on the localization of the SDGs.

Beyond academics, Lydia has had the opportunity to work for the Government of Canada on a variety of issues. For instance, as a junior analyst at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Lydia dealt with high profile, complex and contentious immigration cases, oftentimes with national security interests. Moreover, in her various capacities in other placement across government, Lydia was exposed to a range of issues including transnational security, human rights, and international relationships. The exposure gained through these professional experiences confirmed Lydia’s desire to develop a more nuanced understanding of the real-world dynamics which affect the feasibility of addressing the complex issues that undermine people’s wellbeing.

Lydia has a strong interest in sustainable development, particularly through the effective implementation of policy tools to address complex problems in the Global South. Some research topics of interest include the conflict-development nexus, migration, social policy, and multilateralism, with a special regional interest in Latin America.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Global Governance Fellowship, 2019
  • Dean’s List Scholar, 2016-2019
  • Outstanding Position Paper, 2018 National Model United Nations New York Conference


  • Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization and Minor in Public Administration, University of Ottawa, 2019
Conflict and Security
Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics
Multilateral Institutions
Science and Health Policy

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