Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies (MCGGS)

Political Science

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


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


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.

The advisory board has allotted funds to support undertakings related to global governance and international relations. 

$6,000 has been allocated to support lectures, conferences and other such academic endeavors that speak to the themes of global governance broadly defined.  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  by 28 February 2019 16h00 CDT at the latest.

To apply, you must provide the following preferably in 1 document – Maximum 4 pages (8 ½ x 11):

  • A brief summary of the event/initiative
  • 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

Recipients of funding are expected to acknowledge support from the MCGGS in promotional activities.  All original receipts must be kept.

Are you passionate about the UN? Would you like to
spend a week this summer in New York City at the UN Headquarters learning more about this international organization?

The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies will fund up to 3 University of Manitoba and
3 University of Winnipeg students
(graduate or undergraduate, in any field) to attend Seton Hall University’s one-week, intensive UN summer school programme.
See  for details. 
This one-week, non-credit course includes days at UN Headquarters, the opportunity to meet key UN officials and the chance to meet university students from around the world for one week, from 3 - 7 June, 2019.

The MCGGS will grant up to $2400 Cdn, per student, to cover:

  • Economy airfare to NY
  • Room and board fees (breakfast and dinners included) at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, which includes busing to UN HQ)
  • The registration fee for the non-credit option

The only out-of-pocket expenses for successful students will be lunches at the UN as well as taxis and spending money in NY. 

To apply, please submit a 1-2 page essay addressing the following two points:

  • Discuss how the UN Summer Program relates to your current coursework and career goals.
  • Discuss what you hope to learn from your participation in the Summer Program.
    You must also include an unofficial copy of your transcript.

Send an electronic copy of the essay and transcript to Dr. Andrea Charron for University of Manitoba students and to Dr. Tetyana Narozhna for University of Winnipeg students by Friday 22 February 2019 (4 p.m.).  If selected, you will fill out an application form for Seton Hall.  The MCGGS will provide your letter of reference.

Successful students will be expected to write an op-ed of their experience in NY and at the UN for
The Manitoban or The Uniter.


MCGGS Administrative Structure

Advisory and Recruitment Committee:

  • Dr. Andrea Charron - Chair (Political Studies Department, University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Linda DeRiviere - Treasurer (Dept. Chair - Political Science Department, University of Winnipeg) until July 1, 2019
  • Dr. Radhika Desai (Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Tanya Narozhna (Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg)
  • Ms. Muriel Smith - Honourary Member (Former Deputy Premier, Government of Manitoba)

    Administrative Assistant:  Lou Lepine, Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg; 786-9340;