Research Activities

The BSIA’s faculty undertake ground-breaking research across many areas of global governance and international public policy. Students at the BSIA are encouraged to join one or more of the research clusters or affiliated research groups at the School. The BSIA is also home to three research centres with an international profile – the Academic Council for the United Nations System (ACUNS), the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.

Research Clusters:

Conflict and Security

Research in this cluster includes work on confidence building, the nexus between economics and security, the role of ideology in conflict, critical approaches to security and human security, and human rights.

Environment and Resources

The Environment and Resources research cluster addresses global governance challenges arising from large-scale environmental and resource stresses, including climate change, food insecurity, declining biodiversity, water shortages, forest loss, fisheries depletion, and energy scarcities.

Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)

This research cluster focuses on the study of the relationship between economics and politics in global affairs including trade, finance, resource politics and international development.

Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics

The Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics (MMSP) cluster brings together a dynamic interdisciplinary group of faculty and students to critically examine contemporary challenges in the governance of migration and 'the social'.

Multilateral Institutions

The Multilateral Institutions Research Cluster focuses on examining and evaluating the efforts of multilateral institutions - global, regional or thematic in scope, formal and informal in nature - and their members to provide constructive answers to a broad range of governance challenges.

Science & Health Policy

The Science and Health Policy Research Cluster (SHPRC) addresses questions in Canada and globally across a range of topics, including the environment, innovation, health, and social science.

Affiliated Research Projects:

2030+ Research Group

The 2030+ Research Group addresses emerging challenges in the areas of food security, poverty, health, migration and climate change by bringing together capacity-building expertise, disciplinary methods, themes and specific research objectives to create knowledge and policy impacts to the year 2030 and beyond.

The Armageddon Letters

The Armageddon Letters – a transmedia project (multiplatform storytelling) launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis – takes visitors behind the scenes during the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the most dangerous crisis in recorded history.

The Pluralism Project

The goal of the Pluralism Project is to impact positive policy change to foster and support global connections informed by the experiences and knowledge of stakeholders, and to generate an informed public debate. 

Affiliated Centres:

The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) is a global professional association of educational and research institutions, individual scholars and practitioners active in the work and study of multilateral relations, global governance and international cooperation.
The International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) is a research centre whose mandate is to serve as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis and proposal development related to international migration and mobility at the global, national and regional scale.