The Centre for Global Studies was created in 1998 with a mandate to conduct collaborative, policy-oriented inquiry into the impacts of globalization on a broad spectrum of inter-related issues encompassing international governance and finance, the environment, security, and sustainable development. Building on the university’s existing base of interdisciplinary expertise, the Centre provides a vehicle for bridging scholarship with the needs of policy-makers for concise and accessible analysis in response to the pressing challenges of global change.
Since its formation, the CFGS has evolved rapidly to establish an extensive program of international research and development assistance activity. Through its innovative “centre of centres” model, the CFGS provides infrastructure and administrative support to a diverse group of associates, who operate within the following six core divisions:
- Division of Globalization and Governance
- Division of Technology and International Development
- International Institute for Child Rights and Development
- Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative
- International Women's Rights Project
Common themes that unify the research work of associates at the Centre include an engagement with action-oriented approaches to democratic reform and capacity building, and an overriding commitment to the advancement of human and environmental security objectives. The Centre is also concerned with issues of state security, an interest it pursues through participation in a variety of global and multilateral initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict and arms proliferation.
In addition to its core team of associates, the Centre sponsors multiple student internships, and maintains an extensive network of international research partners, with whom it collaborates on a project-to project basis.
The Centre for Global Studies is financed by revenues from an endowment fund, as well as from grants from a number of public and private funding sources.