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Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies (MCGGS)

Political Science


Joint Program between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba


Purpose

The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies (MCGGS) is a joint program between the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg and the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. The overall objective is to promote global governance studies at the two universities and in the Province of Manitoba. The business of the Chair is supervised by an Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the two universities.

Although emphasis is placed on global governance, the United Nations remains a central component of this joint collaboration. The MCGG's role is to help promote understanding and awareness of ongoing developments in the field of global governance, keeping in mind that global governance is not the same as global rule or world government. The Manitoba Chair is aimed at fostering knowledge both within the academic communities of students and faculty at both universities but is also especially aimed at reaching out to communities in Winnipeg and Manitoba. The specific activities can vary, from year to year, but may include conducting on-going research, giving talks to students, faculty, community groups and organizations and promoting opportunities for students.  One of the most important goals of the MCGGS is to increase its endowments so that the Chair can be held on an annual basis by a visiting professor.

While states and international institutions remain important in global governance, there are other global actors involved. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), citizens’ movements, multinational corporations, and even the global capital market are among the non-state actors in global governance. The objective most of these actors share is a commitment to principles of sustainability, justice, and democracy.

The study of global governance covers (but is not limited to) many issues and areas, including reforming the United Nations, especially the Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Secretariat; strengthening international law, especially human rights and humanitarian law, and international courts, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court; human security; global civil society and citizenship; globalization of city governance and citizens’ movement in transforming global politics.

Issues related to global governance can be studied from different theoretical perspectives. The aim is to stimulate debate and promote dialogue among scholars and practitioners in this field of study.

For more details, please contact:  Dr. Allen Mills at a.mills@uwinnipeg.ca


*****2017-18 FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR GLOBAL GOVERNANCE EVENTS*****

The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies (MCGGS) is a joint project of the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba Departments of Political Science and Political Studies. It has been in existence for close to 20 years and its ultimate goal is to raise sufficient money to establish an ongoing chair in Global Governance.
      This year the advisory board has allocated two sums of money to support undertakings related to global governance and international relations. 

1)      $6,000 has been allocated to support lectures, conferences and other such academic endeavors that speak to the themes of global governance/international relations.  A maximum amount of $1500 is obtainable for individual projects.  Personnel situated at Manitoba-based universities and members of Manitoban communities in general are invited to apply ('university/community' funding).

To apply for 'university/community' funding, please send the following to r.silvius@uwinnipeg.ca by October 31, 2017.

-          A brief summary of the event/initiative (1-2 pages)
-          An explanation of how the event/initiative involves the matter of global governance or international relations
-          A budget for the event, including, when applicable, additional sources of funding

2)      $4000 ($2000 for University of Manitoba Students; $2000 for University of Winnipeg Students) has been allocated to support student initiatives, including participation in conferences, hosting guest speakers, and hosting workshops/events on the theme of global governance/international relations.  A maximum amount of $1000 is available for individual applications ('student' funding).

To apply for 'student funding', please send the following to r.silvius@uwinnipeg.ca (if a UofWinnipeg student) or andrea.charron@umanitoba.ca (if a UofManitoba student) by October 31, 2017.

-          A brief summary of the event/initiative (1-2 pages)
-          An explanation of how the event/initiative involves the matter of global governance or international relations
-          A budget for the event, including, when applicable, additional sources of funding

Please note that subject to remaining funding, we will have additional deadlines for funding in January and April. Recipients of funding are expected to acknowledge support from the MCGGS in promotional activities.

MCGGS Administrative Structure

Advisory and Recruitment Committee:

  • Dr. Allen Mills (Professor, Political Science Department, University of Winnipeg) until December 31, 2017
  • Dr. Linda DeRiviere (Associate Professor, Chair - Political Science Department, University of Winnipeg) starting January 1, 2018
  • Dr. Ray Silvius (Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, University of Winnipeg)
  • Dr. Andrea Charron (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Tami Jacoby (Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba)
  • Ms. Muriel Smith (Former Deputy Premier, Government of Manitoba)

    Administrative Assistant:  Lou Lepine, Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg; 786-9340; l.lepine@uwinnipeg.ca