The Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG) brings together faculty and graduate students at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Balsillie School who are interested in the study of political economy. WatPEG also serves as the Balsillie School’s Global Political Economy research cluster.
WatPEG members embrace a variety of approaches to the study of international, comparative and domestic political economy. We work on issues including international trade, money and finance, transnational production and corporations, the world food system, resource politics, the links between the global economy and environmental issues, regional and global economic institutions, the rise of “emerging powers” in the world economy, global social policy, international economic diplomacy, and international development. WatPEG faculty have research expertise in a wide range of countries and regions, including East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.
WatPEG meetings take place every 2-3 weeks during the academic year. The meetings provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students in the Waterloo region to learn about cutting-edge research and to discuss political economy issues. WatPEG has also hosted a number of PhD Dissertation Workshops in Global Political Economy (see below).
2019-20 Co-coordinators: Derek Hall (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Heather Whiteside (University of Waterloo)
If you are a graduate student or faculty member interested in finding out more about WatPEG or joining our email list, please email Derek Hall at [email protected]
Balsillie School PhD Workshop in Global Political Economy
WatPEG and the Balsillie School have hosted several PhD Dissertation Workshops in Global Political Economy. At these workshops, doctoral students present either a dissertation proposal or a draft thesis chapter and receive comments from the other student participants and from faculty. The workshop format is designed to maximize the quality of feedback and the time available for discussion. All participants read all of the submitted papers before the workshop, and there are no oral presentations. On the first day, authors are not allowed to speak during the sessions on their papers.
The Fifth Balsillie School PhD Dissertation Workshop in Global Political Economy was held from April 24 to 26, 2019.