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 Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.

Research Clusters

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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.

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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.

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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.

Indigenous Peoples, Decolonization and the Globe

This cluster is an action-oriented research group that supports activities oriented to decolonizing our institutions, the disciplines we work across and the knowledge systems with which we engage.

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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’.

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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.

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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

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.

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Hungry Cities Partnership

The Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) is an international network of cities and city-based partner organizations which focuses on the relationships between rapid urbanization, informality, inclusive growth and urban food systems in the Global South.

Canadian Network for Defence and Security Analysis (CNDSA)

This project intends to build a comprehensive network of scholars and technical experts who are driven to develop advanced foresight and strategic analysis in the domain of Canadian defence and security.

Ideological Conflict Project (ICP)

This project seeks to advance understanding of how beliefs, ideas and emotions influence behaviour during conflicts. It confronts the questions of why people believe what they believe, how their beliefs change, and why beliefs are so often resistant to change.

Affiliated Centres

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The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society is a partnership of multiple universities, government agencies, and international research centres. We foster policy-relevant research and evidence-based policy on terrorism, countering violent extremism, and the impact of both on society, create opportunities for dialogue between researchers and security officials, and support the development of a new generation of scholars interested in these areas of study.

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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.

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) uses food as a local sustainability lens to address interconnected environmental, social, and economic challenges connected to global food. CSFS’ vision is to work with practitioners and academics to conduct research that is both grounded in practice and theoretically informed, and to disseminate this co-generated knowledge through local, national, and global networks to promote more sustainable food systems.