Political scientists ask questions about human rights, gender equality, transitions to democracy, identity politics, international security and indigenous governance—issues that are global and local.

Our researchers are exploring subjects ranging from multiculturalism to re-thinking the possibility of politics in a post-modern era. This knowledge and expertise are passed directly on to our students and foster strong links with the university and the wider community. Learn more about our research.

Recent Award Announcements:

Recent Grant Announcements:

  • Feng Xu was awarded a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-20): "Workers in the Aging City: Eldercare Lavour Markets in Vancouver and Shanghai".
  • Marlea Clarke was awarded a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-20): "Fast Fashion, Gender and Economic Growth in South Africa".
  • Amy Verdun was awarded a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-20): "The Euro Crisis: Institutions Creation and Impact Assessment"
  • Michelle Bonner was awarded a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-19): "Marketing Police Reform: Media, Human Rights and the Politics of Accountability in Latin America."
  • Heidi Stark was awarded a 1-year SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2014-15) to study "Sakimay First Nation Governance".

Jim Tully comments on his teaching and research

Dr. Jim Tully is a recently retired Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy at the University of Victoria, Canada. Over his career Jim has embodied engaged public scholarship. Jim’s work has engaged with various political struggles and advanced social justice on the ground, particularly with regards to indigenous-settler relations in Canada.

Two of Jim's former students, Sarah Wiebe and Jen Bagelman, invited him to reflect on his role as a practitioner and teacher of public philosophy. In the interview, Jim explores what it means to do 'public philosophy' in a way that is oriented to diverse experiences and includes both Indigenous and western traditions of thought. The interview is situated in the Government House meditation garden in Victoria BC, a favourite place for reflection and a rich source of inspiration for his political theory. Watch the interview here.