Canadian Workers and Social Cohesion in a Global Era. This project considers the issue of Canadian workers and social cohesion in a global era. The research is designed to discover how workers are coping with increasing competition and what effects it is having upon social cohesion. It investigates workers' perceptions of their problems and the actions that they have taken to address them. The formal and informal institutions (e.g., worker groups, unions, families, community organizations, and other civil society groups) used by workers are also examined as is the role of state and interstate (ILO, WTO) regulatory agencies integral to monitoring and regulating competition. Research results will be distributed to civil society, academic, and state officials to inform their strategies and policy choices.
Co-operative Membership and Globalization: Creating Social Cohesion through Market Relations, the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan. The Co-operative Membership and Globalization project was a three-year (2002-2004) Canadian study of co-operatives across the country, coordinated by the interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan. The website delineates the project’s four clusters of research (urban consumers, rural regionalization, Aboriginal cultures, and information technologies), lists its publications, and describes the researchers and organizations involved.
The Culture of Cities Project. A team of international scholars led by York University social scientist Alan Blum perform detailed studies of urban experience by looking at the cities of Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, and Dublin. - McGill Research Team
Globalism and Social Policy Programme. GASPP is an eight-year (1997-2005) research, advisory, education, and public information program based at four collaboration centres: STAKES (National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health), Helsinki, Finland, the European Social and Cultural Studies Centre of the University of Sheffield, England, the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, Canada, and the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. It examines the impacts of global political processes, international organizations, global governance reform, and dialogues concerning universal human rights on national and international social policy.
Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC). The site describes the work of GaWC, a study group and network based in the Geography Department of Loughborough University, United Kingdom, and dedicated to the study of world cities’ external relations.
The Transnational Studies Initiative explores the forms and consequences of transnationalism from a variety of analytical, normative, and practical perspectives. Its long-term objective is to build a field of transnational studies that links scholarship and practice across a range of disciplines and fields. As of September 2005, the project is based at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for Government and International Affairs, and at the University of Washington’s Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development and Global Citizenship.
Union Renewal, Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail (CRIMT). Following from CRIMT's Union Renewal Colloquium, held in Montreal in November 2004 and in the context of a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiatives project, entitled "Rethinking Insitutions for Work and Employment in a Global Era," this website seeks to contribute to the thinking of researchers, trade unionists, and all other persons interested in the future of trade unions. In so doing, it seeks to continue the thoughtful discussions that took place at the Colloquium and make them accessible to the larger community.
WTO History Project.
A joint project of the University of Washington's (UW's) Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the University Library, the WTO History Project focuses on the history-making protests of late 1999 in Seattle during the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meetings. Visitors to the WTO History Project Website will find a timeline of events prior to and during the 1999 protests in Seattle, including locations and sponsors, and a chart of organizations (with contact information) that were vocal in their opposition to the WTO, along with a list of registered WTO meeting attendees. In addition, this site features a page of interview transcripts with words from more than eighty organizers of and participants in the Seattle protests. This is a fantastic resource for students looking for primary texts dealing with labour and globalization issues or anyone wanting to learn more about the groups and individuals involved in the WTO protests.
The Economist. The website provides analysis of world business and current affairs. It contains an archive of The Economist's articles since June 1997.
Global Networks is an academic journal dedicated to the social scientific understanding of globalization and transnationalism, edited by Alisdair Rogers of the School of Geography, University of Oxford.
Global Social Policy is a journal dedicated to investigating the impact of globalization on social policy and social development.
The Human Security Bulletin is the Canadian Consortium on Human Security 's flagship online publication. The Bulletin presents Canadian and international policy-relevant human security research. The CCHS Human Security Fellowship program fosters innovative research and policy development on a range of human security issues. Fellowships are awarded yearly for academic and non-academic research.
Law, Social Justice and Development is a new electronic law journal covering a range of topics relating to legal issues surrounding the impact of globalization on social development. It contains a diversity of materials including peer reviewed and non-refereed articles, commentaries, work in progress articles, book reviews, and conference reports and papers, as well as information papers, news, and details of global conferences.
Upping the Anti is a new journal of theory and action devoted to engaging with and contributing to debates and discussions taking place within anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-oppressive movements.
YaleGlobal Online is the flagship publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.
It publishes original articles and multi-media presentations, and republishes articles and academic papers, all pertaining to globalization.
Global Imagination by Dr. Susan Buck-Morss at Global Arts Week on 24 September 2004.
Archives & Databases
A Developing World. Canadian Geographic and the Canadian International Development Agency have developed this interactive world map which gives users a window on some of the major challenges facing the developing world. Users can click on any country on the map and compare surface area and population, along with three quality of life indicators (GDP per capita, primary school enrollment, and life expectancy at birth) with any other country selected from a drop down list below the map. They can also select a region or specific country to see a larger scale map. Another way to explore the map is by development challenge or "theme" (e.g., poverty and hunger). Selecting a theme from the list provided will produce a world (or regional map) showing country-level data for a key indicator. (In the case of poverty and hunger the percentage of malnourished persons is displayed).
Atlas of Cyberspaces
is an atlas of maps and graphic representations of the geographies of the new electronic territories of the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other emerging Cyberspaces
Conversations with History is a television series produced at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
The website contains a selection of the series' video interviews of distinguished men and women from around the world.
Global Issues, Peace and Security, Department of Foreign Affairs – International Trade Canada (DFAIT).
The website contains a list of government resources about Canada’s involvement in international peace and security efforts.
Globalization101.org is an Internet site dedicated to providing students with information and learning opportunities on globalization. The site, managed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hopes to serve as an informative and engaging space for those interested in learning more about changes in the international economy.
The Globalization Research Center (GRC) is located at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a member of the Globalization Research Network (GRN), a consortium of four research centers, including the University of South Florida, the University of California, Los Angeles, and George Washington University.
InfoNation: United Nations Cyber School Bus. InfoNation allows you to view and compare statistical data for all UN member states. Statistics and indicators are provided by the United Nations Statistics Division, from the World Statistics Pocketbook, Statistical Yearbook, and Demographic Yearbook 1995.
Political Apologies and Reparations. This website is maintained by Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research
Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier
University, Canada. It is funded by the Canada Foundation for
Innovation. Its purpose is to provide access to documents about
political apologies and reparations. In future, it will provide access to
press commentary, and host an academic working papers series.
PRAXIS: Resources for Social and Economic Development. PRAXIS is the international development homepage of Prof. Richard J. Estes of the University of Pennsylvania. It contains archival resources on international and comparative social development, and is designed for students and educators interested in international social and economic development.
Trade and Development Topic Page. This is a page of the Development Gateway website dedicated to articles, data, news, and links about trade and development. The Development Gateway Foundation was originally created and supported by the World Bank to build partnerships and information systems that provide access to knowledge for development.
The Social Justice and Globalization Data Archive.
Housed at the University of Windsor, it is one of the first data archives on social justice and globalization studies in Canada and it will become a vital access point for students, faculty, and researchers seeking data and research on questions of social justice and globalization.
Women and the Economy is a web resource maintained by the UN Platform for Action Committee (UNPAC). A portion of the site is devoted to the topic of Women and Globalization.
Centres & Organizations
Amnesty International is a worldwide organization dedicated to campaigning for international human rights.
Association of South East Asian Nations.
ASEAN is a social, economic, and cultural intergovernmental alliance of ten South East Asian countries. The website provides ASEAN documents and press releases.
Association pour une Taxation des Transactions financières et l'Aide aux Citoyens. ATTAC is an organization dedicated to introducing democracy to the international financial system. The website contains resources on the international financial system in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. APEC is a forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. The site contains information about the organization, as well as its documents and publications.
The Berkeley Center For Globalization and Information Technology comprises an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students that seeks to promote the study of the social ramifications of the globalization process and information technology.
Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS) is an academic-based network promoting policy-relevant research on issues relating to human security and facilitating analysis and the exchange of information relating to human security.
CARE International is a humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting global poverty.
The Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures (CSGC) is an interdisciplinary center based in the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong.
Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. Based at the University of Warwick, CSGR is a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on various policy aspects of globalization and regionalization around the world.
The Centre for Research on the Transformation of the State (CERETS) was founded in 2003 and is co-financed by the German National Science Foundation (DFG), the State of Bremen, and the University of Bremen. The research team will examine whether the modern state is subject to a generally observable or even uniform trend of change in the core countries of the OECD world in the second half of the last century. Where do the corresponding pressures for change come from? Do these processes of change have a transformative effect?
The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is a non-profit organization which aims to promote a better understanding of the ideas and knowledge of Indigenous peoples, and of the social, economic, and political circumstances that Indigenous nations face. This is achieved through various research and education projects, as well as through CWIS publications such as the Fourth World Journal, and documentation projects such as the Chief George Manuel Library and Archive. CWIS also works to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples through its involvement in various international law and policy initiatives.
Commission for Africa. The Commission's Report on Africa is available at the website, as well as information about the Commission itself.
DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa) aims to raise awareness about, and spark response to, the crises swamping Africa: unpayable debts, uncontrolled spread of AIDS, and unfair trade rules which keep Africans poor. The organization was founded in 2002 by Bono, the lead singer of U2, along with Bobby Shriver and activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign. At the core of DATA's mission is a view that these issues are not about charity, but about equality and justice.
Doctors Without Borders / Medecins sans Frontieres. MSF is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to providing medical aid wherever needed. The website describes the NGO's work and provides information about relevant humanitarian concerns connected to MSF.
Free Trade Area of the Americas. The website provides official information about FTAA negotiations.
G-8 Summits. The website gives information on the meetings, publications, and research activities of the G-8.
G-77. Press releases and documents by the G-77 are available at this website. The G-77 is a coalition of developing nations within the United Nations.
is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice around the world. The site provides information about various development issues.
Global Forum for Health Research is an independent international foundation devoted to improving the health of people in developing nations. The website provides information about the foundation's activities and about global health issues.
Global Heritage Fund is a non-profit international organization attempting to preserve cultural heritage sites in developing nations. The site gives information about the organization's projects.
The Globalism Institute, RMIT University Australia, founded in 2002, undertakes engaged research into globalization, transnationalism, nationalism, and cultural diversity. It seeks to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the cultural implications of political and economic transformation.
Globalization Studies Network. Globalizing dynamics are unfolding at accelerating rates in every realm of human endeavour — the cultural and the social, the economic and the political, the scientific and the artistic, the technological and the environmental, tourism and terrorism, to mention only the more conspicuous domains. Reflecting this trend, the past decade has seen the creation of multiple research, education, and public policy programs across the world that address questions of globalization. The Globalization Studies Network (GSN) provides a framework of cooperation among these endeavours, consolidating a critical mass of work worldwide.
Grand Council of the Crees. The Grand Council of the Crees website explains to interested observers Cree culture, values, problems, and hopes and describes the many political, cultural, social, economic, and spiritual activities.
Human Rights Internet. HRI is a leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community. When it was founded in 1976, HRI was known as Internet: the International Human Rights Documentation Network. Thus, the term Internet was used to identify an international network of human rights organizations and a clearinghouse of human rights documentation, not the sprawling virtual community that everyone has come to know today.
Human Rights Watch is an NGO devoted to defending international human rights. The site describes various human rights issues as well as the organization's activities.
The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. IGCC was founded in 1983, as a multi-campus research unit (MRU) serving the University of California (UC) system, to study the causes of international conflict and help devise options for resolving it through international cooperation.
The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1998, the Institute brings together a group of approximately 30 scholars primarily from the social sciences and humanities disciplines.
The Institute acts as
a facilitator of research and interdisciplinary discussion,
a centre for dialogue between the university and the community on globalization issues, and a promoter and administrator of a new graduate program in Globalization Studies.
The International Court of Justice, based in The Hague, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Many of its documents and publications are available on the site.
International Development Research Centre. IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.
International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. The website has information about the organization and about the role of the private sector in development.
International Forum on Globalization is an alliance of sixty activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization. The site makes their publications available for download and provides press releases.
International Labor Organization is a UN specialized agency that seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. Its website provides information about international labour rights.
International Law Commission. The United Nations' International Law Commission promotes the progressive development of international law and its codification. The site provides access to international law documents and reports.
International Monetary Fund. The IMF is an organization of 184 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty. The site contains IMF publications and country reports.
International Network on Cultural Policy is an international venue where national ministers responsible for culture can exchange views on cultural policy issues. The site contains official INCP documents and information regarding INCP members and Liaison Bureau.
International Sociological Association Research Committe on Social Movements (RC 44). RC44's mission is to encourage international research on labour movements, with a focus on their role both in industrial relations and in the political arena. The website includes the committee's newsletters and descriptions of the committee's activities.
International Telecommunication Union. The ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an international organization within the United Nations System where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. The site has sections on various global telecom issues, and provides access to ITU's publications.
The Law Commission of Canada is an independent federal law reform agency. The site provides information about the agency and its research projects.
Jubilee 2000. Jubilee Research is part of the Global and National Economics (GNE) program at NEF (the New Economics Foundation, London). The Jubilee website provides research, analyses, news, and data on international debt.
Mercosur is the website of the Southern Common Market organization of nation-states — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Bolivia.
Mexico Solidarity Network. MSN is a Mexican-American civil society network seeking democracy, economic justice, and human rights. The site includes information about the network, as well as resources on the Zapatista movement.
North-South Institute is the only independent research institute in Canada focused on international development. The Institute conducts research on Canada's relations with developing countries and on a wide range of foreign policy issues.
Open Society Institute
is a private operating and grant-making foundation which aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. The website describes the foundation, providing information about grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
Oxfam is a development, relief, and advocacy organization dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world. The site gives information about development issues and Oxfam's activities.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. With 30 member countries, the OECD provides publications and statistics on economic and social issues, with the intent of fostering good governance in public service and in corporate activity.
People's Global Action is an alliance of movements opposed to Free Trade and the World Trade Organization. The organization's manifesto and information about past and upcoming campaigns is available at the website.
Political Science Research Centre (PSRC) was established in 2001 as the first independent private scientific institution of its kind in Croatia. PSRC performs scientific research activities in the field of political science and related social sciences. Its focus is globalization, globalism, and transition. These issues have been systematicaly researched through the central project of the PSRC "Croatia in the Process of Globalization." The Centre is proud to be the only scientific institution in Croatia that has developed a systematic approach to the research of globalization issues. The PSRC maintains a web portal, conceptualized as an online guide for specific information, articles, and data in the fields of politology, sociology, and related social sciences. It can be searched in English.
The Prague Society is a collection of twenty-one individuals interested in promoting international cooperation in Central Europe. The site includes newsletters and publications.
Rights and Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) is an independent organization, which promotes, advocates, and defends the democratic and human rights set out in the International Bill of Human Rights. In cooperation with civil society and governments in Canada and abroad, Rights and Democracy initiates and supports programs to strengthen laws and democratic institutions, principally in developing countries.
South Centre. The South Centre is an intergovernmental organization of developing countries that promotes South solidarity and knowledge sharing. Its website provides publications and links.
Transparency International is a global non-governmental organization devoted to combating corruption. The website provides TI's statistics and resources concerning international corruption.
United Nations AIDS Program. UNAIDS is the United Nations program mandated to lead, strengthen, and support the global response to HIV and AIDS. The site includes information about UNAIDS as well as resources and press releases about AIDS.
United Nations Food and Argriculture Organization. FAO is a forum for nations to negotiate food policy and exchange knowledge and information. Its mandate is the elimination of world hunger. The website explains FAO's activities and makes its publications accessible.
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Forum's website contains resources pertaining to Indigenous peoples' issues.
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international membership organization which aims to provide a legitimate and established forum for various Indigenous peoples, occupied nations, minorities, and independent states or territories who are not represented in other international fora such as the UN. Some general issues taken up by UNPO include human and cultural rights, tolerance, democracy, self-determination, and non-violent solutions to conflicts which affect its members.
The World Bank is an international development institution that provides low-interest loans, interest-free credit, and grants to developing countries. The website gives information about the bank as well as international development data and reports.
The World Economic Forum is an independent organization with members representing 1,000 of the world's leading companies, along with 200 smaller businesses that play a potent role in their industry or region. Its website includes information about the organization and about various international economic issues.
World Food Summit. The website documents the 1996 World Food Summit, with a link to a site with relevant information published since the Summit.
World Health Organization.
WHO is the United Nations' specialized agency for health. Its website describes its activities and provides access to resources about international health.
The World History Association was founded in 1982, with a mission to promote the study of global history by encouraging and supporting research, teaching, collegial communication, and publication in world history. The WHA endeavors to promote activities that will increase awareness of World History, understanding among and between peoples, and global consciousness. One of its primary missions is to assist teachers of world history at all academic levels by providing venues and media for discussion of innovative pedagogy and the best current research in the field.
World Intellectual Property Organization.
WIPO is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of intellectual property. The site describes WIPO's services and gives information about intellectual property issues.
The World Social Forum is a meeting place for social movements, networks, NGOs, and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and imperialism. The site provides information about the Forum, and about globalization news and protests.
World Summit on the Information Society. The website provides information about, and documents from, the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva 2003-Tunis 2005).
World Summit on Sustainable Development. The website documents the 2002 Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development, and contains a link to the Commission on Sustainable Development website for more recent information.
World Trade Organization is the global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. Its website provides information about the organization, along with economic statistics, research, and analysis.
WWF: World Wildlife Fund
is an independent conservation organization. Its website details its activities, and provides press releases, publications, and multimedia resources about international conservation.