Madison Paisley

Master’s of Global Governance

Madison holds an honours Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario. She graduated with distinction in an honours specialization in Political Science and a major in Social Justice & Peace Studies. Her research interests include intellectual property rights and their intersection with decolonization and traditional and Indigenous knowledge, trade and development, social justice, and international/multilateral organizations. Over her undergrad years, she has been able to advance these research interests through her work with Dr. Allyson Larkin, King’s University College Chair of Social Justice and Peace Studies, and she presently with Dr. Erin Hannah, King’s University College Professor of Politics and International Relations. She was also able to undertake several international experiential learning opportunities to study peace and conflict transformation in Italy, traditional knowledges and intellectual property rights in Ghana, and multilateral organizations and NGOs in New York.

In her graduate research, Madison hopes to continue to build connections with BSIA fellows, and expanding her research on the decolonization of trade and building Indigenous-led intellectual property safeguards, and diversifying her research into other research areas.


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Master’s Scholarship, 2023.
  • Global Governance Fellowship, 2023.
  • International Learning Scholarship, 2021, 2022.
  • Joan Mason Grant Award, 2021, 2022.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Award 2021, 2022.
  • Ontario Supreme Court Judges’ Association Award, 2018.


  • Honours B.A., with Distinction – King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, 2023
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