Research programs

Covid-19 in Asia


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused extraordinary disruption on a global scale. In an effort to contain the virus, governments have responded with extensive, and often unprecedented, measures restricting the daily lives of their citizens and functioning of society, from social distancing regulations and travel bans to full-scale jurisdictional lockdowns. Under the shadow of the lingering pandemic, CAPI has galvanized its international network of legal scholars and social scientists to examine how these policies and practices – and the trade-offs they require - have played out across Asia.

Regulating Globalization in South and Southeast Asia

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CAPI is facilitating a global community of young leaders to conduct interdisciplinary research on innovative governance and justice strategies to mitigate the harsher effects of economic globalization in South and Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia in Global Context

Bangkok, Thailand

This roundtable series situates contemporary Southeast Asia in Asia and the wider world, examining the many ways the pressing issues in the region affect us all. 

Asia in Africa


From China's Belt and Road Initiative to South Asian involvement in the African garment industry, our "Asia in Africa" programming focuses a lens of critical inquiry on the issues and implications of increasing Afro-Asiatic relations.


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Our China research activities centre around the work of our China Research Chair who is examining the inner-workings of the Communist Party and China's "unsustainable prosperity."

Global South Colloquium

Global South Colloquium

The Global South Colloquium provides a forum for regular interdisciplinary exchange and intellectual exploration on the history and politics of globalization. The colloquium focuses its attention on the “Global South,” traditionally referring to parts of the world whose states emerged out of the embers of European imperialism.

Migration & mobility

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CAPI hosts a dedicated migration and mobility program, which brings together experts in the field from all over the world to share expertise and knowledge of migration and mobility issues related to Asia.

Landscapes of Injustice


A seven year, multi-partner research project housed at CAPI exploring the forced dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

South Asia Global Forum


Our South Asia Global Forum promotes academic research, teaching and public engagement with South Asia and multi-faceted South Asian diasporic populations as a link to globally situated questions and conversations.