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.

This interdisciplinary research group grows from the work of a core group of Wilfrid Laurier University faculty located at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. The 2030+ researchers include faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students, and professional staff.

The Group seeks to:

  • Conduct significant research, advance knowledge and inform policy
  • Develop strategic partnerships with other researchers and public, private and non-governmental organizations
  • Train a new generation of researchers through Master’s and Ph.D. studentships
  • Supervise postdoctoral fellowships
  • Host visiting scholars for collaboration
  • Convene workshops on specific research themes
  • Raise funds to conduct specific research & policy projects


The members of the 2030+ Group combine the disciplinary perspectives and decades-long research experience of four Laurier faculty members who are all CIGI chairs at the BSIA, supported by a Project Manager.

Alison Blay-Palmer is the founding Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. Her research and teaching combine her passions for sustainable food systems and community viability through civil society engagement and innovative governance.

Jonathan Crush, who established and directs the African Food Security Urban Network, examines food insecurity and inclusive growth in rapidly growing cities in the Global South through the “Hungry Cities Project.” 

Simon Dalby’s work addresses globalization, climate change, human security, political economy and spatial dimensions of governance. 

Audra Mitchell's research aspires to transform global ethics so that it can better respond to emerging ecological and technological challenges, including mass extinction, climate change and space colonization. It draws on a range of disciplines, including international studies, geography, philosophy, anthropology and science and technology studies.

James Orbinski’s research and writing focuses on global health, including clinical strategies, health systems, international law and governance, disaster planning and early warning systems, human rights, impediments to pharmaceutical access, and integration of research into the activities of humanitarian organizations. 

Alan Whiteside’s research program focuses on interrelated areas of global and Canadian health concern: shifting burdens of disease, immigrant and migrant health, and Canadian policies on global health. 

Additional researchers, students, and professional staff include: Idowu Ajibade, Aria Ahmad, Mary Caesar, Cameron McCordic, Liam Riley, Nicholas Zebryk, as well as various CIGI Graduate Fellows supporting specific research projects.


The five-year program for the 2030+ Group aims to pursue research in the areas of poverty, health, urbanization and climate change to the year 2030 and beyond, and to attract students and collaborators to work on project initiatives. This long-term plan involves establishing specific priority projects, recruiting researchers and scholars, developing a strong research program to attract students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in the work, and establishing a bi-annual international conference on a major theme examining points of intersection within the matrix of the 2030+ Group’s evolving research agenda.

Projects currently underway in the Research Catalyst area focus on specific, project-based research and policy work. These catalyst projects aim to respond to timely and relevant issues, including:

  • Early Warning Systems and Extreme Weather Events: Pilot Planning, Design and Health Policy Implications for Formal and Informal Global Public Health Strategies in Malawi
  • Ebola Pandemic: Global Governance & Health Systems Policy Implications
  • Quarantine: Survey & Policy Analysis of the Effectiveness of “Cordon Sanitaire” in Geographic Control of Disease Epidemics
  • Contemporary Conflict, the Rise of Extreme Violence in War, and Health Policy Implications for Humanitarian Action.
  • Interchangeable BRICS: Impacts of Pharmaceutical Policies on Access to Drugs in Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa.
  • Medical Tourism Impacts on Health Systems in Developed & Developing Countries
  • Migration of Health Professionals: Global trends and Impacts
  • The Healthy Immigrant Effect: Global Governance Policy Implications
  • Rapid Urbanization and the Impacts on Health and Food Security in Cities of the Global South

Each project area has specific project needs and program plans, which include activities such as literature reviews and environmental scans, pilot data collection, peer networking, partner development, workshop participation, full program design and development, report preparation, research dissemination and publication.

For more information, please visit our website at www.2030plus.org.