Our Experts

Leuprecht, Christian

Professor Christian Leuprecht is Matthew Flinders Fellow in the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at the Flinders University of South Australia, on leave from the Royal Military College of Canada. As a political demographer, Christian Leuprecht is particularly interested in the political, cultural, social, economic and security implications of population change and migration. His current major project concerns political mobilization and radicalization leading to violent extremism, especially among youth and minority communities, with a focus on examining the individual, […]

Royal Military College of Canada


Fraser, Derek R. T.

Derek Fraser is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies and  Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. His work has supported the democratization process in the Ukraine and he has organized and contributed to academic and foreign policy conferences, notably on failed states and Eastern Europe. Formerly, Derek Fraser was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) and President of the Victoria branch. Media Experience: Dr. Fraser has […]

Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria


Biukovic, Ljiljana

Ljiljana Biukovic’ current research interests focus on the adaptation of international legal norms by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations and the development of European Union Law.   Research Interests: Comparative law; European Union Law; International trade law

University of British Columbia


Kopstein, Jeffrey S.

Jeffrey Kopstein’s primary research interests are in the fields of international and European politics. He has written extensively on transatlantic relations and on ethnic conflict in democratizing and democratic societies. Research Interests: Transatlantic Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Economy.

University of Toronto


Carens, Joseph

Joseph H. Carens’ research focuses on contemporary political theory, particularly on questions about multiculturalism and immigration. He is a full professor at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of over 60 articles or book chapters focusing primarily on issues relating to immigration and multiculturalism. Dr. Carens recently published a book on the ethics of immigration. Media Experience: Dr. Carens has acquired a great deal of media experience appearing on the CBC […]

University of Toronto


Sens, Allen

Allen G. Sens specializes in international relations, with a research and teaching focus on international security. He has a particular interest in armed conflict and conflict management, and maintains research agendas on peace support operations, peacebuilding, European security, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. Dr. Sens is currently working on the fourth edition of Global Politics, a co-authored international relations textbook. Dr. Sens is currently chair of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of […]

University of British Columbia


Blais, André

André Blais is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a research fellow with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative (CIREQ), and the Center for Interuniversity Research Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO). Dr. Blais is also past president of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA). His research interests include: elections, electoral systems, voter turnout, public opinion, and methodology.   Research Interests: Electoral participation; Electoral systems; Electoral behavior; Methodology

Université de Montréal


Saint-Martin, Denis

Denis Saint-Martin is an expert in public administration and policy. Since 2008, he is the director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at Université de Montréal and McGill University. His research interests deal with the regulation of ethics in politics, continuity and institutional change, new public management, and the politics of expertise. In 2005, he was a Fulbright scholar at the Kennedy School of Government and before that was a policy advisor in the Office of the Prime minister […]

Université de Montréal


Schmidtke, Oliver

Oliver Schmidtke is Director of the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) and Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics and History at the University of Victoria. Dr. Schmidtke, a former director of European Studies and president of the European Community Studies Association in Canada (ECSA-C), holds appointments in the departments of Political Science and History. Currently his research focuses on issues of democracy, populism, memory politics, the labour market inclusion of highly skilled immigrants as well as processes of political advocacy […]

University of Victoria


Obrist, Urs

Urs Obrist is a Senior Science and Technology Counsellor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa. His major research includes Canadian International Relations, Canadian History, German History, 20th century US history, and Swiss History. Dr. Obrist’s Ph.D. thesis (“Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany. A NATO Relationship of Special significance”) examined the transformation process of the former war enemies to Cold War Allies within NATO. The period under review is 1946 to 1957, with a focus on the years […]

Embassy of Switzerland in Canada


Pekacz, Jolanta T.

Jolanta T. Pekacz is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Dalhousie University, previously Canadian Research Chair (Tier II) in European Studies. Her major fields of interest are Memory, identity and gender in nineteenth-century Europe, French salons as lieux de mémoire, biography, Fryderyk Chopin and social history of music. Research Interests: Memory, Identity and gender in nineteenth-century Europe, French salons in the nineteenth century as lieux de mémoire, Frederic Chopin, and Social history of music

Dalhousie University


Diawara, Karounga

Karounga Diawara , LL.D. (University Laval, Quebec), D.E.A. in European law (IEJE, Liege), LL.B. in business law (UGB, Saint-Louis) is currently Professor at the Faculty of Law of University Laval (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada). Prior to that, he was professor of the Department of Law of University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Dr. Diawara’s research interests concern mainly the protection of consumer’s interest by antitrust law (Canada, E.U and U.S.), comparative antitrust law, the link between antitrust and consumer law, […]

Université Laval


Preece, Daniel V.

Daniel V. Preece is a Policy Analyst at Health Canada and former Social Science and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Political Science at Carleton University.  His first book, Dismantling Social Europe: The Political Economy of Social Policy in the European Union (FirstForumPress/ Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009) examined the contemporary debate over social policy in the European Union and the impact this debate has had on the welfare policies within the member-states. His current research draws on […]

HC-SC Health Canada


Whaley, Leigh Ann

Leigh Ann Whaley is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Classics at Acadia University. The French Revolution, European women and science, French Women in World War II and the History of Women in Medicine from the Middle Ages to the 18th century are her major fields of interest. Research Interests: French Revolution, European women and science, French Women in World War II, History of Women in Medicine from the Middle Ages to the 18th century

Acadia University


Lecours, André

André Lecours is Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are Canadian politics, European politics, nationalism (with a focus on Quebec, Scotland, Flanders, Catalonia and the Basque country) and federalism. Dr. Lecours is the editor of New Institutionalism, Theory and Analysis published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005, the author of Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State (University of Nevada Press, 2007), and the co-author (with Daniel Béland) […]

University of Ottawa


Vallet, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Vallet is an Associate Professor and a Research Director in geopolitics at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Transatlantic relations and EU-US constitutional analysis are her major fields of interest. Elisabeth has a great deal of media experience. See Dr. Vallet’s media profile. Research Interests: Transatlantic relations and EU-US constitutional analysis

University of Quebec at Montreal

Network on Democracy

This group of scholars reflects the collaboration of the “Canada Europe Dialogue on Democracy” project and the “Populism and its Effects on Liberal Democracy: Minority Rights and Freedom of Speech” project. We connect scholars with wider public audiences through public events, webinars, video interviews, media outreach, blogs, mentorship of policy memos, and an open access database

Migration Experts

The project Canada Europe Dialogue on Migration: Cross-Border Mobility and the European Union Refugee Crisis – CEDoM” brought together a multi-disciplinary expert group in the field of the governance of borders and migration. It promoted exchange between Canada and the EU in scholarly and broader public debates with the aim to expand the knowledge of European integration through the lens of migration and border studies in Canada.

Memory Politics Group

This Network reflects the collaboration between the Jean Monnet Network “European Memory Politics:  Populism, Nationalism and the Challenges to a European Memory Culture 2019-2023” . The Network is a partnership between the Center for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria and the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) at the University of Strasbourg  (France), the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań  (Poland) and the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Social Sciences in Budapest (Hungary).