Black, David R. Cluster Member

Current position(s), Institution
Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies; Associate Professor in Political Science, Dalhousie University
Fields of expertise
  • Political Science
  • International Studies
  • International Development
Projects relevant to the cluster
  • 2005: Grant from John Holmes Fund (Department of Foreign Affairs Canada) for Workshop and Publication on “A Decade of Human Security: Mapping Governance Innovations and Propsects” (co-investigator; Sandra MacLean is Principal Investigator): $17,000
  • 2004-5: Grant from the Canadian Consortium for Human Security to co-organize annual government-ngo-academic Peacebuilding and Human Security Consultations, Ottawa, January 2005: $31,000
  • 2002-2004: National Research Foundation (South Africa) Grant for research on “Marketing States through Sports” (co-investigator; Janis van der Westhuizen is Principal Investigator): $38,673
Publications related to European/EU Studies
  • David Black and Paul D. Williams (eds.), The International Politics of Mass Atrocities: the case of Darfur(Routledge, forthcoming 2009)
  • Sandra MacLean, David Black, and Timothy Shaw (eds.). A Decade of Human Security: Global Governance and New Multilateralisms (Ashgate, 2006)
  • “The Ambiguities of Development: Implications for ‘Development Through Sport’.” In Sport in Society, forthcoming, 2009
  • “Does Politics Stop at the Water’s Edge? Party and Partisanship in Canadian Foreign Policy.” Co-authored with Brian Bow. International Journal, Winter 2008/9, 7-27
  • “Darfur’s Challenge to International Society.” Co-authored with Paul D. Williams. In Behind the Headlines, Vol. 65, No. 6, 2008
  • “The Symbolic Politics of Sport Mega-Events: 2010 in Comparative Perspective.” In Politikon, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2007, 261-276
  • David Black and Janis van der Westhuizen (eds.). Special Issue of Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 7, 2004, on “Going Global: The Promises and Pitfalls of Hosting Global Games”
  • “Dreaming Big: The Pursuit of Second Order Games a Strategic Response to Globalisation.” In Sport and Society, forthcoming 2008
  • “The Canadian International Development Agency: New Policies, Old Problems.” Co-authored with Rebecca Tiessen. In Canadian Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming in June 2007 issue
  • “Editorial Introduction: Problems and Prospects of Canadian Aid Policy.” Introduction to special section of Canadian Journal of Development Studies on Canadian Aid Policies, forthcoming in June 2007 issue
  • “What Prospects for a New Development ‘Paradigm of Partnership’ for Africa?” OSSREA Bulletin, Vol. II, No. 3, October 2005, 1-5.
  • “From Kannaskis to Gleneagles: Assessing Canadian ‘leadership’ on Africa,” Behind the Headlines, Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Vol. 62, No. 3, June 2005, 1-17
  • “Editorial: the neglected allure of global games?” Co-authored with Janis van der Westhuizen. In Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 7, 2004, Special Issue on “Going Global: The Promises and Pitfalls of Hosting Global Games,” 1191-4
  • “The Allure of Global Games for ‘semi-peripheral’ polities and spaces: A research agenda.” Co-authored with Janis van der Westhuizen. In Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 7, 2004, Special Issue on “Going Global: The Promises and Pitfalls of Hosting Global Games, ” 1195-1294
  • “The Olympic Games, human rights, and democratisation: lessons from Seoul and Implications for Beijing.” Co-author with Shona Bezanson. In Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 7, 2004, Special Issue on “Going Global: The Promises and Pitfalls of Hosting Global Games,” 1245-1261
Outreach Experience

Radio Noon (Halifax), July 2008, Interview on the Human Rights implications of the Beijing Olympics

Open to media contact
Dalhousie University, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Henry Hicks Building, 6299 South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H6
Office Phone Number
(902) 494-6638
Education and professional achievements
  • Dalhousie University - Ph.D. in Political Science, February 1992
  • Dalhousie University - M.A. in Political Science, May 1986
  • Trent University - B.A. (Hons.) in Political Studies, May 1983
Courses taught
  • International Organization - the United Nations (University of Ottawa)
  • Development and Change in South Africa (University of Ottawa)
  • African Politics
  • Approaches to Development (graduate only)
  • Canadian Foreign Policy (Queen's University)
  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Development Administration
  • Comparative Theory (graduate only)
  • Honours Essay Practicum in International Development Studies
  • Human Rights and Politics
  • Introduction to Politics and Government
  • Politics in South Africa
  • Sport and Politics
  • UN in World Politics
  • Advanced Theory Seminar in Development Studies
Fluent spoken languages
Fluent written languages

David Black's is the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. His current research interests focus on Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa, with emphases on human security, development assistance, multilateral diplomacy and extractive industry investment. Dr. Black's research and publications have also addressed comparative western policies toward Africa, the foreign policy of post-apartheid South Africa, and Sport and World Politics.

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