Centre for Global Studies

2019-2020 CFGS Annual Report

Click here to read the 2019-2020 CFGS Annual Report. This report includes a message from our Director and updates on our projects and working group. It also includes an overview of all the centres activities.  

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2021/2022 Fellowship Program - Apply Now!

CFGS is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2021-2022 Fellowship Term. 

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CFGS's Safe Work Plan

Read about all the procedures and practices being implemented to keep the CFGS community safe and healthy this semester!

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CFGS, CTI, and IICRD Partner on New Project

CFGS, CTI, and IICRD are pleased to have been provided a grant by BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner to develop and pilot a framework for a baseline study on the state of human rights in B.C. and to support the development of the Office’s Theory of Change and organizational monitoring and evaluation framework.  

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CFGS August International Story

"COVIDA Inspires Fresh Research Post-COVID" - A new collective created by four UVic students and two instructors came together through Skype meetings to talk politics in a post-COVID context.

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CFGS July International Story

"My Internship at UVic in a time of COVID-19" - Isabelle Straiger arrived in Victoria for her internship with CFGS on the same day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada was closing its borders. This is Staiger’s story.

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The globe in perspective

Research for a sustainable and equitable world

The concept of a Centre for Global Studies was a central element in the UVIC Challenge Campaign launched by UVIC President Howard Petch in 1990/91.  A full proposal for such a Centre was presented to faculty and potential funders by incoming President David Strong during the 1991/92 academic year and was the subject of continuing consultation through to 1996 as funding was pursued.  In 1998 the Board of Governors formally approved creation of the Centre, with Dr. Gordon Smith, who had been serving as Special Advisor to President Strong after retiring as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Canada, appointed as its Founding Director.

Under the leadership of its current Director, Dr. Oliver Schmidtke (Poli and History), the Centre focusses on a mandate to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary, and cross-regional research and engage in connecting research in the field of globalstudies to local, national, and international communities. As such, CFGS is uniquely positioned to bridge academic research and student mentoring with knowledge mobilization and effective community engagement. The Centre awards fellowship to advanced graduate students, international scholars, and faculty researchers. These fellowships provide office space, a fellowship stipend for graduate students/visiting scholars and course and administrative release for faculty ranging from several weeks to a year in residency.

The CFGS is also host to numerous conferences, workshops and speakers.  The centre’s activities in Victoria, Canada, and abroad are designed to promote critical citizenship in a complex and rapidly changing global environment. CFGS research and public engagement build upon the University of Victoria’s intellectual expertise in four core themes: governance, environmental challenges, social justice, and culture and identity. The CFGS strives to produce quality and practical research with tangible benefits to both the local community and internationally. The CFGS has a rich history of producing cutting edge research and disseminating it in concise and accessible ways for both policy makers and the wider community.

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The CFGS hosts conferences, workshops and speakers all year round to promote critical citizenship in a complex and rapidly changing global environment and facilitate expert discourse on defining events as they unfold. These events bridge the divide between academia and the community, as well as inform policy, decision makers and citizens on important issues. 

Many of our events are recorded so that we can share our experts' knowledge with a broader audience. 

Missed one of our events? Check out our YouTube channel to be a part of the action.

Meet our people!

View our staff, fellow, associate fellow and alumni profiles to find experts on:

  • International and comparative politics
  • Water policy and ecological governance
  • Biocultural diversity and community health
  • Constitutional law and dispute resolution
  • International law and international relations
  • International development
  • Social and political thought
  • Peacekeeping, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, and more...

Meet our people.


 The Centre in Action

POLIS receiving the 2018 Land Award.

CFGS Director Oliver Schmidtke moderating a panel on "Public Debates in Turbulent Times: Academia and Media".

BIG Director Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly presenting at the Association for Borderlands Studies 2019 Annual Conference.

Scholars engaged in discussion during the recent CFGS-hosted "Democracy & its Future" conference.

A snapshot into our weekly Global Talks.

The recent film screening and panel discussion on "The Memory of Fish" with the POLIS project.