Julia Calvert

Julia Calvert (photo)
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Master's in Political Science with International Development Studies
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I graduated from the University of Guelph with an MA in Political Science and a specialization in International Development Studies. Shortly after graduation I took up a position as a Policy Advisor for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and worked with the Intergovernmental Affairs team. I was happy to gain experience as a federal public servant and worked on several interesting files, however after a few years I chose instead to pursue my passions in academia (and travel!).

I am now completing a PhD at Carleton University in a collaborative program offered by the department of political science and the Institute of Political Economy. My research interests are in the areas of global governance, trade and investment, foreign policy, Latin American politics and development. My doctoral thesis explores the impacts of international investment rules on governments’ abilities to promote development policy, particularly in Ecuador and Argentina. I am also investigating rising forms of contention and resistance to the international legal regime governing investor-state relations in Latin America. My research is aided by the support of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (sede Argentina y Ecuador). I have also had the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of researchers that is investigating Canada’s foreign policy priorities as they relate to Latin America.

In my time at U of G I completed a Master’s thesis that explored the participation of Nicaraguan civil society organizations in the negotiation of the US-Central American Free Trade Agreement. The fieldwork I conducted to inform this study helped immensely to prepare me for the fieldwork that I am currently undertaking in South America as part of my doctoral research. Participating in Guelph’s collaborative IDS program allowed me to further my interest in international development, which I originally gained while working as a community development volunteer in Costa Rica prior to beginning my MA. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the IDS faculty, particularly Dr. Humphries for helping me along my current path!