Welcome from the Director

Dear IDS Community – Students, Staff, Faculty:

A warm welcome back as we begin this new academic year, 2017-2018. I would especially like to welcome all of our new students in the Specialist, Major, and now our new Minor programs in IDS who are joining us for the first time.

CCDS and the IDS programs offer you a unique four/five year opportunity to learn about conditions of poverty, inequality, and oppression that continue to prevail in our world, and to develop the kind of critical thinking and analytical skills that will propel your careers forward and give you the tools to seek viable, sustainable and just solutions to the challenges we all face. This is worthy end-point – but to get there, you will need to work hard, be willing to learn from the excellent professors you will encounter throughout your time at UTSC and, perhaps most importantly, not be afraid to ask critical questions.

Of course, being a student is not all about studying! It is also about learning outside of the classroom, having fun, and looking after yourselves. To help you with this, we have a wonderful and vibrant IDS/CCDS community and I encourage you all to get involved. There are always a wide array of activities outside of the classroom available to you all – from our IDS Potlucks (see below), to the activities of the IDS Student Association (check out the IDSSA link on this website), to the very professional student-run International Development Conference (IDC) that will take place in the Winter term, to the talks, seminars, and lectures hosted by the Centre for Critical Development Studies, the administrative home of the IDS programs (see below). We want this to be a vibrant intellectual home for all of you – but it can only be so if you take the courage to get involved, come to our events, and take advantage of the opportunities that await. See below for some of the highlights...

In closing, I wish you all an excellent 2017-2018. I hope I will have the chance to meet you all!


IDS Potluck Supper - Friday, September 15th

First, you are all invited to our first IDS Potluck Supper on Friday, September 15th (5:00pm onwards). It will be held in the Catalyst Centre EV152.

The IDS Potluck is open to all students interested in IDS, whether you are enrolled formally in a program or not. This is our inaugural event of the year and a chance to meet lots of fellow students, professors and staff. All you need to do is bring a plate, cutlery if possible, and a culinary creation for the potluck table! You may RSVP and sign up your food here on the link below.



IDS Forum - Wednesday, September 27th, 3:30-4:30pm (MW324).

Second, please come to the first IDS Forum of the year on Wednesday, September 27th (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MW324. 

The IDS Forum is an open-ended gathering of students from all IDS programs, faculty, and staff of the IDS community. It offers a chance for you to find out more about the activities of the CCDS and the IDS Student Association (IDSSA) and to make suggestions as to how the IDS program, the CCDS, and the IDSSA can better serve you as students. Please come and bring your ideas!


CCDS’s Seminar Series – “Let’s Talk Development”!

Wednesday, September 27th (MW130) - Development and Inequality, Foes or Friends?

This is the first of CCDS’s “Let’s Talk Development”! Seminar Series this year which is designed to raise big, critical questions in development studies. The seminars will be organized as a panel consisting of two or more faculty, who will each present comments (either general ones or drawing from specific research insights) in 10 to 15 minutes, leaving the remainder of the time for questions and answers from the audience and panelists.

This panel on “Development and Inequality, Foes or Friend?” will feature introductory comments from our own professors Judith Teichman, Thembela Kepe, and Ryan Isakson.

There is always free food and refreshments available. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Annual CCDS Al Berry Lecture in Critical Development Studies:

Dr. Rami Zurayk: “The Empty Breadbasket: Geographies of Food and War in the Contemporary Arab World”. Date TBA (sometime on a Wednesday evening in early November, 2017).

Dr. Rami Zurayk is the Chair of the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is a scholar, an activist, and an expert on Rural Planning and Development, Landscapes and Livelihoods, Food Security/ Sovereignty, and the Political Ecology of the Arab Uprisings. He was recently appointed to a high level UN panel on experts on food security and nutrition (see link: https://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2015/Pages/rami-zurayk-un-food-security.aspx).

The Al Berry Lecture is CCDS’s 'signature' event of the year so please come all!!