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GDP - The Global Development Primer

GDP - The Global Development Primer

By Dr. Robert Huish
The Global Development Primer. The podcast about all issues in International Development Studies. Your host is Dr. Bob Huish, broadcasting from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The podcast covers the basics of International Development, while featuring the work of researchers and practitioners from around the world.

This is your podcast to learn more about International Development and to stay in touch with important global issues.
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🇲🇦 Liquid Gold: A Story of Cooperation, Women's Empowerment, & Disrespectful Goats in Morocco. 🇲🇦
Benedicte Westre Skog first visited Morocco in 2008 when she first encountered the inimitable Argan Trees.  These seemingly frail desert trees are tough. They bear the brunt of harsh desert climates and put up with routine abuse from inconsiderate goats that climb into their branches.  They also produce a rare oil that is highly sought after as a cosmetic product.   Benedicte connected with women's groups in Morocco to learn more about the mysterious benefits of Argan Oil, and today she runs Argan care, to help support women farmers, and to help move their product to market.  Benedicte holds an MSc in International Development from Utrecht University, the Netherlands and an interdisciplinary BA Honors degree from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has also studied in India, Mexico and Norway. Benedicte has further been instrumental in the creation of the Norway Summit conference in Stavanger, aiming to create a space for business, new technology, finance and sustainability, particularly building bridges between Norway and innovation eco-systems around the world. In 2014 she founded the non-profit organization, Argan Care, which has reached great achievements in Morocco. Argan Care focuses on reforestation projects, literacy training and creates employment opportunities in southwestern Morocco, in particular for women. Check out  Argan Care here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 15, 2020
1.3 billion and not out: How India is faring through the COVID19 Pandemic.
It's a sticky wicket to lock down the world's 2nd largest nation, and the world's largest democracy for the COVID-19 pandemic.   How could a government tell 1.3 billion people in India, where day to day conditions of poverty create serious health concerns, to stay home?  Who suffered the hardest during this time? Why was there a fatal military scrimmage with China?  And what are the surprisingly positive outcomes health outcomes that some communities experienced during the pandemic, notably in the state of Kerala?   Professor Mannathukkaren’s main research interests are focused on left/communist movements, development and democracy, modernity, the politics of popular culture (esp., the politics of mass cultural forms like the media, cinema and sport), and Marxist and postcolonial theories. The thrust of his research has been to develop a theoretical and empirical critique of postcolonial theory and postmodern thought. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 8, 2020
It's Well Beyond Viruses: The Face of Global Digital Security Threats in post-Pandemic World .
In 1993 the Canadian Broadcast Corporation ran a brief clip about how something called "The Internet" was connecting millions to talk about sports scores, recipes, philosophy and gossip.  In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone depended upon the internet in order to get through it.  The deep dependency on cyber technology and connectivity raises security concerns.  As Mark Raymond shares with GDP, these concerns are far more concerning than the idea of sinister hackers and henchmen unleashing the next virus. Mark Raymond (@MRaymondonIR) is the Wick Cary Assistant Professor of International Security and the Director of the Cyber Governance and Policy Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Social Practices of Rule-Making in World Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). His work appears in various academic journals including International Theory, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Cyber Defense Review, the UC Davis Law Review, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He was a Senior Advisor with the United States Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and has testified before the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, and participated in the Internet Governance Forum. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 1, 2020
🎓Teach by Example: Tips for Teaching Online During COVID-19 🎓
For this episode of GDP, we're happy to share a cross-over podcast from the series Radio FASS, a podcast from Dalhousie's Faculty of Arts & Social Science about teaching in an online world.  As many university educators are teaching online, Radio FASS serves as a space to share thoughts and tips about on-line learning. For this Episode, Chef Ben Kelly joins the podcast to talk about how he, as a TV cooking show chef, works to engage his audience through video demonstrations and online chats.   Could this be helpful advice for university educators?  Yes indeed.  Can it be helpful to students and practitioners in international development?  For sure.  Will your knowledge of potatoes expand?  You bet! Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish Learn more about Chef Ben Kelly here.
August 25, 2020
Why Social Justice is the Best Medicine During a Pandemic.
During the COIVID-19 pandemic, it is telling to see who is faring well, and who is suffering greatly.  Like most matters in health, social justice, structural violence and colonial legacies matter enormously in determining health outcomes.  For over 30 years, Partners In Health has put social justice at the forefront of health, arguing that good health can be a reality for all regardless of wealth.  National Director of PIH in Canada, Mark Brender, offers some thoughts about Social Justice matters in times of a pandemic, and for global health more broadly.  Mark Brender is National Director of Partners In Health Canada, a global health NGO striving to make health care a human right for all people. Starting from a one-room clinic in Haiti more than 30 years ago, Partners In Health serves millions of patients annually across 11 countries, working to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train service providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Mark opened the PIH Canada office in 2011 and is passionate about raising awareness and funds for this effort. He previously held leadership positions with national and international charitable organizations. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
July 21, 2020
WE Have a Problem! Taking a closer look into Canada's WE Charity Controversy.
In July 2020 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a funding commitment of $900 Million to the WE Charity to administer bursaries for students who volunteered a certain number of hours.  Critics immediately called out the lack fo transparency around this deal, and other charities were outraged that they were not approached and that all of the eggs went into the WE Charity basket.    But beyond the finances, there are deeper issues to discuss about the WE Charity and the ME to WE experience, how it shapes images of International Development, and the ways it emotionally connects students to broader issues of global development and inequality.  And Addy Strickland joins GDP to discuss these issues. Addy Strickland is a fourth year honours student at St. Francis Xavier University studying Development and English. Within her degree, she is researching the roles that art and story play in building and bettering community. Outside the classroom, Addy is also a student journalist, photographer, poet, and activist. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
July 14, 2020
A River Runs Through It: Geopolitics, Climate Change and Development in South Asia.
Climate change and geopolitics come together in this episode where we chat about water security, politics and development with Dr. Doug Hill in the department of geography at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand.   Many see tensions in Asia as the consequence of geopolitical borders, but as Dr. Bob Huish chats with Dr. Doug Hill, it becomes clear that important waters that traverse borders and disputed territories play an enormous role in shaping International Development in Asia today.   Associate Professor Doug Hill teaches Human Geography, Development Studies and Environmental Management courses in the School of Geography, University of Otago. Most of his research is concerned with South Asia, (including India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) with broader research interests in Australia and New Zealand. While working at Otago, he has held visiting positions at Universities and Think Tanks in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and India. For the past decade, he has been involved in research and capacity building activities related to transboundary water issues in South Asia and has published extensively on this subject. One significant aspect of this work has been as a member of the Water Diplomacy Consortium, based in the Hague, which facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues on managing the Brahmaputra basin with groups from India, Bangladesh, China and Bhutan. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
July 7, 2020
🇷🇼There's Nothing Healthy about Gender Inequality: Understanding the gender-dynamics of health & health care in Rwanda. 🇷🇼
The social determinants of health are complicated, interconnected, and tremendously important for measuring and shaping health outcomes for everyone.  Researchers talk a lot about how good housing, good food, and good air all lead towards better health.  But what about gender?  Germaine Tuyisenge explains why gender matters so much for the health and well-being of all - by sharing with us her research in Rwanda.   Germaine Tuyisenge is a Ph.D. candidate in health geography at Simon Fraser University. She also holds an M.A. in health geography from Western University, Canada. Germaine is a also Fellow of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (Kenya, 2015). Her research focuses on micro-level dynamics that facilitate women’s access to health services in resource-limited settings. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, Germaine worked with government and non-government institutions in Rwanda (her home country), Kenya, The Netherlands, and Canada. This work has focused on community health promotion, sexual and reproductive health, and women’s access to health services. Germaine is interested in building a research career dedicated to exploring the social determinants of health and using community-based practices to eliminate health inequities experienced by marginalized women. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 30, 2020
"Get Off Your Donkey": How to build a career in social entrepreneurship and international development.
"Working with communities", "social entrepreneurship", "consulting with the UN" are all terms students in International Development have heard and use.  But how to get started?  In this episode Soudeh Jamshidian joins Dr. Bob to chat about how she has worked on various social entrepreneurship initiatives as well as with the United Nations, and founding her own organization "Peace Geeks"?  How to engage in global development through social entrepreneurship?  It's easy, according to Soudeh.  "Just get off your Donkey"'ll see what she means. Soudeh (B.Sc., M.Sc. in Natural Resources Engineering) is a social entrepreneur and environment expert, currently doing her PhD at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. Soudeh’s professional life started at the age of 19 when she founded an environmental NGO called Daumoon in Iran, which continues to operate today. She has an extensive experience working on co-management and community development as well as policy making and awareness raising programs for environment management. She has worked as a project manager, designer and consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Global Environment Facilities. She has also worked as a project manager and facilitator for various IUCN and IIED projects. Soudeh's experience has taken her to Iran, India, Afghanistan, Mali and Canada to collaborate with local communities, policy makers, international organizations and academics in various topics related to resource management. Soudeh's passion for working on development grew substantially after she worked as Environmental Education and Outreach Expert for the United Nations Environment Programme in Afghanistan in 2009-2010.  Soudeh is a co-founder of Peace Geeks and a moderator for Vancouver Peace Talks. She is also a member of the Board of both PeaceGeeks Society and PeaceGeeks International. Her PhD research is on multi-stakeholder processes and  various policies used for public participation in resource management in India, Iran and Afghanistan.
June 23, 2020
🥕The Adventures of Herbert Gro-cart and Friends: Mobile Urban Agriculture in Vancouver" 🥕
Urban gardening dates back to ancient times.  Community gardens are increasingly celebrated as a means to improve food security in urban settings, and especially for those experiencing economic hardship.   However, many homeless persons are mobiles, and gardens are not.  Kate Elliott joins us on GDP to share a story about making the gardens themselves mobile.  The Gro-Carts of Vancouver are changing geographies of food security, homelessness, and indeed, happiness and community.  You won't want to miss this episode. Kate Elliott is an educator, researcher, and writer, Kate is interested in the ways humans and non-humans weave the fabric of community. Trained as a lexicographer, she turned from stories of words to stories of people, working as a community health researcher before receiving her B.Ed. in Ottawa. After two decades teaching at high schools in Ontario and British Columbia, Kate entered a Master’s program in Urban Studies. Interested in re-imagining urban spaces, Kate’s research has looked at shared use of urban green space, the invisible labour of those who contribute to the health of urban environments, and the possibility of strengthening urban communities through opportunities for shared learning. Kate completed her masters in Summer 2019 and is now a PhD student in an Interdisciplinary Program at SFU. Sin Since 2015, she has been involved in Gro-Carts, an award-winning community project to engage people without access to land in mobile gardening. In 2017, she coordinated Simon Fraser University’s 7th Rethinking the Region conference, which brought together local and provincial stakeholders to discuss urban inequality. Her most recent engagement project, Hands on Vancouver, collects the stories of ordinary humans whose hands help shape the communities in which they live. Follow Herbert Gro-Cart on Twitter: @HerbertGroCart Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
June 16, 2020
Into the Online World: How to Approach Online Learning Environments.
In this BONUS GDP podcast, we chat with Rob Belliveau from to discuss tips and tricks for profs taking their courses online for the Fall 2020 term.  Rob discusses how teaching philosophies and learning goals do not have to change in an online world, and in fact they can be strengthened.  If you're planning a course for Fall 2020, check out what Rob has to say, and feel free to get in touch with him directly: Robert Belliveau is a full time Training Officer with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and also the super administrator of their D2L Brightspace learning environment. Initiator of the business case, RFP, eventual implementation and now learning delivery, Rob has been instrumental in helping Halifax Fire convert many of their courses to an online or blended model.  Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 12, 2020
Dr. Travel Agent: Exploring the serious shortcomings of medical tourism.
Teeth cleaning, knee surgery, plastic surgery, organ transplants, and a miscellany of other medical services can all be acquired overseas...for a price!  Medical tourism is the practice of crossing borders in order to receive medical care.  In some ways, it is an ancient practice.  But, in an era of deep public investments in health care services in rich and poor countries alike there comes risks, opportunities, and consequences for all involved.  In this episode of GDP we are joined by Dr. Valorie Crooks whose research explores the complex dynamics of medical tourism.  Recorded on top of Burnaby Mountain at Simon Fraser University, she chats with Dr. Bob about why medical tourism may not be a healthy choice. Dr. Valorie Crooks completed her PhD at McMaster University in 2005.  The following year she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at York University.  Since 2006 she has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography  at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Crooks currently hold the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and she also holds a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Dr. Crooks is a health geographer by training.  As such, she is interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health and health care.  She broadly conceives of herself as a health services researcher, and have an ongoing interest in understanding lived experiences of accessing needed/wanted health and social care services.  Because of this experiential focus, she primarily engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research, or lead qualitative components of mixed-methods studies.  Her research interests are best characterized by four areas of inquiry: (1) disability and chronic illness; (2) primary health care; (3) palliative health and social care; and (4) medical tourism.  She has received funding from numerous agencies, and especially the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to pursue collaborative projects in each of these areas. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
June 9, 2020
📖 Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley (An Interview with the Author) 📖
Cool apps, nifty phones, fancy technology and even electric cars have often been born out of start-ups in California's Bay Area.  According to Alex Lazarow, the global landscape of start ups is changing.  Opportunities for venture capitalism, innovation, and investment are increasingly taking place in the Global South.  In this podcast, we explore  why Silicon Valley may be too old school for today's global start-up entrepreneurship. Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow is the author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley. He has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is a venture capitalist with Cathay Innovation, a global firm that invests across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Alex is an adjunct professor specializing in impact investment and entrepreneurship at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is a Kauffman Fellow, CFA Charterholder, and a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Alex is a regular columnist with Forbes, and his writing has been featured in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider, and Insurance CIO Outlook magazine, among others. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 2, 2020
Asia's Recovery from COVID-19: The Role of the Asian Development Bank.
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be under-estimated for  Asia  - the world's largest developing region.  The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 for those living below the poverty line in Asia and the Pacific will be substantial.  So what are development actors doing about it?  In this episode of GDP,  we're happy to have Bart Édes joining us to talk about the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and how this regional development bank is planning to address the post-pandemic development challenges in Asia & the Pacific.    Bart W. Édes has served as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Representative in North America since October 2, 2017. In this capacity, he mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States. Mr. Édes has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government (cum laude) from Georgetown University. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
May 26, 2020
🇰🇵"Kim Jong Gone"? Pursuing human rights and doing research in North Korea. 🇰🇵
In April 2020 rumour spread like wildfire that Kim Jong Un died.  Greg Scarlatoiu and Dr. Bob Huish didn't believe it.  They were right.  So how did the world get this story so wrong?  In this episode of GDP, Dr. Bob chats with Greg Scarlatoiu, the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C., about the challenges of doing research in North Korea.  Greg Scarlatoiu has coordinated 28 HRNK publications addressing North Korea’s human rights situation and the operation of its regime. Mr. Scarlatoiu is vice president of the executive board of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). For fifteen years, Scarlatoiu has authored and broadcast the weekly Korean language ‘Scarlatoiu Column’ to North Korea for Radio Free Asia. A seasoned lecturer on Korean issues, Scarlatoiu is a frequent commentator for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and other media organizations. He has appeared as an expert witness at several Congressional hearings on North Korean human rights. Mr. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 19, 2020
Turned Upside Down: How Universities Are Coping With COVID-19.
It’s season 4 of the Global Development Primer. And needless to say, we’re starting this season in a state that no one saw coming:  The COVID-19 pandemic. There are no bystanders to this crisis. It has impacted everyone on earth in some way. University communities were among many who had to rethink "business as usual", and in this podcast Dalhousie University President Deep Saini is here to talk about how this experience played out within the university, and to offer advice for students going forward in the pandemic. Dr. Deep Saini began his term as Dalhousie’s 12th president in January 2020, A career academic and accomplished researcher in plant biology, Dr. Saini most recently served as vice-chancellor and president of the University of Canberra in Australia from 2016-2019, before coming to Dalhousie University. He grew up in India and has a Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology from the University of Adelaide in Australia. His leadership roles have included governance and advisory roles at national and international levels, presidencies of national professional societies, journal editorships, membership on national and international granting panels, fundraising workshops for university leaders and international trade missions. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 12, 2020
🇨🇺Cuban Medical Internationalism 2.0: The Development of Cuban medical outreach from the Americas to the Pacific. 🇨🇺
For over 60 years Cuba has offered medical outreach and assistance to other countries in the Americas & Africa.  More recently the cooperation has grown to include countries in Asia, and now the Pacific.   In this episode, Dr. Bob Huish reflects on researching Cuban medical internationalism for the past 15 years.  He argues that Cuba's solidarity and outreach is truly on a global scale, but serious challenges to the development model have arisen as well. In particular the economic collapse in Venezuela is a telling example of how the economics of South-South cooperation did not go according to plan.   This podcast is a GDP Roadshow Episode recorded at the Conference of Latin American Geographers in Antigua de Guatemala.  GDP Roadshows feature conference presentations, keynotes, round tables, and chance encounters that focus on the latest scholarship in IDS. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
April 28, 2020
Beyond GDP: Why International Development needs a new way to measure success.
Bhutan has a Gross National Happiness index.  The United Nations sought the development of the Human Development Index.  The exclusive World Economic Forum ran a series about the end of the "love affair" with GDP.   In this season 3 finale, Dr. Anders Hayden joins Dr. Bob Huish to talk about why development needs to go beyond GDP, what the consequences of it are, and what why we should all rethink development. Anders Hayden is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is particularly interested in the evolving balance between efforts to promote ecological modernization (“green growth”) and sufficiency-based challenges to the endless growth of production and consumption. He has written on efforts to promote "green growth" in Canada, Britain, and the European Union.  His interest in the sufficiency approach has included examination of policies and initiatives to reduce hours of work as well as research on Bhutan, a country that has established Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross National Product, as its overriding goal.  He is currently involved in research on the political and policy impacts of alternative measures of wellbeing and prosperity (“beyond GDP” measurement). He is the author of two books: When Green Growth Is Not Enough: Climate Change, Ecological Modernization, and Sufficiency (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014) and Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time, Consumption & Ecology (Zed Books / Between the Lines, 1999), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance (Routledge, 2020). Follow his latest project about moving beyond GDP here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @ProfessorHuish
April 20, 2020
🇹🇳The Right to Rave: The Development of Youth Activism in Tunisia 🇹🇳 .
The Jasmine Revolution took place in Tunisia in January of 2011.  It led to the democratization of the country and to open elections.  How?  Matt Gordner is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, who is doing research in Tunis about the impacts of youth-led activism in Tunisia.  In this podcast he explains that activism is no accident, and that it is not just about public protests.  Activists build and share skills, tactics, and innovations to pressure governments for change.  In the case of Tunisia, some very interesting developments are underway - ones that encourage further exploration by students, scholars, and other activists.    Matt Gordner has written a number of encyclopedia articles on social movements in Tunisia: the Union for Unemployed Graduates, Wein al-Petrol (“Where is the Oil), Manich Msemah (“We Will Not Forgive”), and Fech Nestanaou (“What are We Waiting For”), among others. His doctoral research has been supported by a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, an American Political Science Middle East and North Africa Civil Society Fellowship, a Ranjit Kumar Fellowship, and a couple of POMEPS grants and awards. Matt is also an independent consultant for a number of international and Tunisian outlets where he conducts research on radicalization and de-radicalization, entrepreneurship and innovation, and democracy, human rights, and development Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @ProfessorHuish
April 13, 2020
🇬🇹In Search of Providence: Mayan Border Crossings in a time of marginality, violence & exclusion. 🇬🇹
Guatemalans have been coming to Providence Rhode Island for decades, changing the land, life, and landscape of the U.S.'s smallest state.  So too has this changed the geography of Guatemala as people continue to make their way to la "costa norte".  Patricia Foxen has followed this pathway of migration for two decades, and in doing so exposes a challenging experience that is embedded in geographies of exclusion, especially for Mayan Guatemalans.  According to Foxen, a Trump Whitehouse has worsened these geographies of exclusion. Patricia Foxen is a cultural anthropologist who has worked extensively with Latino immigrant and refugee communities in the US, Canada and Latin America. Her research focuses on the intersection of migration, violence, culture and mental health, particularly among indigenous migrants and at-risk youth. She has taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Toronto and is currently the Deputy Director of Research at UnidosUS, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the US, and a visiting fellow at American University.  She is the author of "In search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities." Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
April 6, 2020
Addressing COVID-19 Globally and Locally: A panel discussion wrap up.
The panelists take questions from viewers about what other countries are doing in the face of the pandemic,  what to expect in the weeks ahead, and why we should be venerating our nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, Uber Eats drivers, and anyone else who is on the front lines of this global crisis.   This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
Risk Governance or Risky Governance: How to Approach Uncertainty and the Precautionary Principle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What makes for good policy during times of pandemics and other such emergencies when it comes to managing risk?  How do we normalize risk, and how do we measure it?  In this podcast, Kevin Quigley gets into the nuts and bolts of how policy makers approach risk, and how they should approach it during the pandemic.   Kevin Quigley is the scholarly director at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance and a professor in Dalhousie’s School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management. He specializes in public sector risk and crisis management, strategic management and critical infrastructure protection. He has published an acclaimed book on critical infrastructure, numerous articles in academic journals and studies for a professional audience; his newest book, Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure was published by McGill-Queen's in November 2017 and shortlisted for the Donner Prize. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
How to go beyond fighting illness to start caring for people: Why the Trump Whitehouse approach to COVID19 is a risk to itself and to the world.
Quarantines are ancient methods of public health, and they come with ancient problems such as isolation, marginalization, and stigma.  During the Spanish Flu pandemic, most of the world was already sick and poor by today's standards.  In 2020 the world has never been more inequitable in terms of health and wealth outcomes.  So what happens when quarantines are ordered on societies facing deep inequality?  And what happens when divisive political leaders spout misinformation that contradicts their top scientists and policy makers?  Tune in to get a sense of how COVID-19 is impacting the global health landscape. Dr. Robert Huish's research explores global health inequity, and the role of social justice through South-South cooperation in improving provision of health care in resource-poor settings.  Currently, his research focus is on how Cuban Medical Internationalism plays a role in building health care capacity in under-resourced settings in Pacific Island Countries. Many countries in the Pacific face catastrophic consequences from climate change.  His current research looks at how donor nations are responding to this crisis, and how new forms of alter-globalization are emerging through South-South cooperation. Dr. Huish also pursues research on human rights and security issues involving North Korea.  In particular this work exposes how North Korea continues to violate human rights, and how it pursues military aggression despite global isolation and international sanctions. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
We're hoping to have some positive results soon. Developing a vaccine for COVID-19.
Dr. Alyson Kelvin's research couldn't be more vital and important.  Her research team is preparing evaluations and clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine.  But how do viruses and vaccines work?  And how does this COVID-19 virus work?  If you have 20 minutes, she'll take you through the details.  You won't want to miss this excellent, factual, and crystal clear presentation on the virology of COVID-19. Dr. Alyson Kelvin's research investigates the intersection of host age and previous infection in the context of influenza infection and vaccination. She uses animal models, in vitro systems, and patient samples to obtain a picture of disease and its mechanisms. She recently discovered that lactating mammary glands are susceptible to influenza infection. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
Outbreaks start at 4:30pm on Friday: Behind the Scenes of Pandemic Planning.
On this special GDP Roadshow podcast, Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed takes us into the details of pandemic planning, and how real life never "follows the plan".   COVID-19 is Dr. Watson-Creed's 3rd outbreak.  She takes us into the details of planning for disease outbreaks and coping with pandemics. Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed is the acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Nova Scotia and served on the One Nova Scotia Coalition. She is a dedicated leader and is passionate advocate for the role public health can play in advancing health equity. She is the Dalhousie Medical School's first assistant dean in a brand new portfolio, "serving and engaging society." This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance.   Check out the entire Video conference here: Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
🇬🇹Rolling the Dice on the Dinner Plate: The Development of Agriculture Financialization in Guatemala. 🇬🇹
Since when did grocery stores in Global North start selling mortgages, credit cards & loyalty programs?  For Dr. Ryan Isakson, it's a telling example of how financialization, meaning how corporations increase their influence in our lives, is ever increasing.  So too, is it occurring in the Global South, even with small-scale farmers in rural Guatemala.  In this podcast, Ryan Isakson talks about the risks of financialization and how it is playing out in rural Guatemala. Ryan Isakson holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Broadly, he is interested in the political economy of international development, with specific focus upon agriculture, rural livelihoods, and food provisioning in Latin America.  He has conducted research on market development, peasant livelihoods, and the cultivation of agricultural biodiversity; market-led land reform; agri-food certification; payments for environmental services; and the contemporary ‘flex crops’ boom.  His current foci are (1) farmer vulnerability and the financialization of agri-food provisioning, and (2) the impacts of oil palm expansion upon food entitlements and water quality in northern Guatemala.  He teaches three courses for the International Development Studies program: (1) The Political Economy of International Development (IDSB01), (2) The Economics of Small-Enterprise and Microfinance, and (3) The Political Economy of Food. His latest book with Jennifer Clapp is titled Speculative Harvests: Financialization, Food & Agriculture. Follow Dr. Bob  on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 23, 2020
🇬🇹Journeys Of Development in Guatemala. George Lovell discusses his book: A Beauty that Hurts. 🇬🇹
Eduardo Galeano said that Dr. W. George Lovell "did not choose Guatemala for his career, but the land, in a magic way, chose him to tell us about the shining voices that whisper in the darkness."  In this episode, recorded in Antigua de Guatemala, Dr. Bob Huish chats with George Lovell about the 4th edition of his book "A Beauty that Hurts", which tells the story of how processes of 16th century colonialism in Guatemala continue to shape the land and life of the country today.  The book's 4th edition continues to provide readers with rich insight into the painful journey of colonialism in the Americas, and how it manifested into outright genocide in Guatemala. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, W. GEORGE LOVELL (PhD, Alberta, 1980) is professor of geography at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and visiting professor in Latin American history at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. Central America, Guatemala in particular, has been the regional focus of much his research, though he has traveled to, and written about, most parts of Latin America. In 1995, the Conference of Latin American Geographers honored him with its Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award and, in 2018, with its Preston E. James Eminent Career Award. He has fifteen book titles to his credit, among them Conquest and Survival in Colonial Guatemala (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, [1985] 2015) and A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala (Toronto: Between the Lines, [1995] 2019). Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 16, 2020
Martyrdom? Peace-building? Community Resilience? The Development of Masculine Identities of Activism in the Middle East:
When you think about activism in the Middle East, what are the first things that come to mind? Emma Swan asks us to consider, and then reconsider the very images that just came to your mind.  Having worked in Israel & Palestine, Emma's research looks at how colonialism impacts the male gender identity of the Palestine Resistance movements.  In this episode, GDP is delighted to feature Emma's research to understand how resistance and activism unfold in Middle East and beyond. Emma Swan is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is a scholar with the P.E. Trudeau Foundation, and the holder of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her research looks at masculinities of Palestinian resistance movements, and how orientalism of violence and nonviolence are constructed. She also works as a consultant specializing in gender and development in fragile and conflict affected states. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 10, 2020
The Iron Lady's Legacy on Development: Thatcherism, Neoliberalism, and Austerity. 🇬🇧
This week, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Bob Huish is joined by Tari Ajadi to chat about the lingering effects of neoliberalism that Britain's Margaret Thatcher brought to the International Development Discourse.  From deep austerity, to re-imagining what the nation state is, in this podcast, we discuss the Iron Lady's long legacy (intentional or otherwise) in International Development.  It's Thatcherism revisited. Tari Ajadi is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Dalhousie University and he is a Junior Fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance.  His research looks at the barriers to, and the opportunities for, targeted policies aimed at reducing racial health inequities.  Tari has published articles in The Globe and Mail, The Chronicle Herald, University Affairs, and The Tyee. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
March 3, 2020
Hungry for Food Sovereignty in Development
Johnny McPherson read about how important organic agriculture was, and is, to food security in Cuba.  But when he went to Havana, expecting to see bounties of organic produce, the unavoidable quantity of street pizzas and ham sandwiches made him curious.  Does organic agriculture really keep Cuba fed?  Maybe the question wasn't so much about understanding food security, as much as food sovereignty In this episode, Dr. Bob Huish  chats with Johnny McPherson about food sovereignty, what it is, and what it means to better understanding the connection between agriculture, development, and a tasty meal. Johnny McPherson has two and a half decades of technical and policy experience working in both government and private enterprise. He is a distinguished alumnus of the United States Department of State’s International Leadership Program. His Master’s in International Development Studies focused on the social, political and economic factors of food sovereignty in Cuba. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
February 24, 2020
💔 Chocolate 🍫, Flowers 💐, Diamonds 💎& Disappointment 😔: Why the Political Economy of Love Ruins the Romance of Valentine's Day 💔
There's no better way to ruin the romance of Valentine's day than with this GDP podcast.  Chocolate, Flowers and Diamonds are all "traditional expressions" of love and affection, and they are all connected to problematic commodity chains.   Dr. Laura Parisi joins us at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia to take us through the reasons why some of the most popular valentine's day gifts can come with a heavy price tag (that goes well beyond 2 months of salary). Dr. Laura Parisi is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Gender Studies with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC Canada. She has published in the areas of gender equality, political economy, human rights, and international development. Her current projects include an article entitled “Canada’s New Feminist International Assistance Policy: Business as Usual?” which is forthcoming in Foreign Policy Analysis, and the co-authored forthcoming book, Gender, Power, and International Development: A Critical Approach (Palgrave). Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ ProfessorHuish
February 15, 2020
🥰 What's Love Got to Do with Development? 🥰
Season 3 kicks off on Valentines Day 2020 with Dr. Bob Huish offering Dr. John Cameron flowers and chocolates over a chat about the importance of Love in International Development.  Mad Scientist Rick Sanchez called love "a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed", but Dr. Cameron's new line of research shows us that love is far more than that.  It is essential for human capabilities, part of cosmopolitan theory, and there are positive ways of building it, protecting it, and even disingenuous ways of manipulating it.  And it all matters for International Development Studies. Dr. John Cameron is an Associate Professor of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. His research focuses on public policy advocacy by international development and climate change organizations, Indigenous self-governance in Bolivia, the ethics of global citizenship, and representations of global poverty and development by non-profit and charitable organizations. Follow Dr. Huish on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
February 14, 2020
🎶 🎸 Developing the Music of GDP: An Interview with TAS & The Semi-Superheroes 🎸 🎶
The music you hear on The Global Development Primer is original work from none other than good friend and BINGO colleague, TAS, from TAS & The Semi-Superheroes.   Dr. Bob Huish  wanted original music for GDP that captured some of the deeper themes of the podcast series.  TAS & the Semi-Superheroes came through cutting three unique themes.  Tune in to this trailer to learn more about the creative inspiration around the theme music, and how the music embraces concepts of global development.    Check out more great tunes from the band here:  Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
February 5, 2020
🇨🇭🚂 The Last Train to Davos: A Bonus Podcast about the World Economic Forum. 🚂 🇨🇭
Did you get your invitation to the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland?   Neither did we. This exclusive annual meeting sets out to discuss some of the world's greatest challenges to economic and social development.  World leaders, rock stars, economists, royalty, CEOs, and anyone willing to pay the $72,000 to attend (that's $52,000 for the annual membership to the forum, and another $19,000 to attend the event) can make their way to Davos for a week-long exclusive mixer.  For years the World Economic Forum has been critiqued for its lack of transparency, overt elitism, and air of authority over international development.   In this podcast Dr. Bob Huish, Dr. Isaac Saney & Dr. Adam Sneyd await their invitations to the World Economic Forum, and while they wait, they discuss the nature of the "The Forum", and whether or not the 2020 forum's slogan of "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World" has any merit among a group that will put 18,092 metric tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere from their use of private planes to get to the meeting.  Dr. Isaac Saney is a historian focusing on Cuba, issues of race and racism, and Black and African diaspora studies.  He is  the director of the transition year program at Dalhousie University which is the vanguard program for addressing historical injustice and inequities for indigenous and African Nova Scotian students. Dr. Adam Sneyd is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. Adam's research focuses on the global politics of commodities, and has emphasized food, resource and development challenges in African contexts. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 22, 2020
🇨🇺 Classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, thatched-roof bars and...mid-term exams? The Development of Study Abroad Tours in Cuba. 🇨🇺
About 2 million people visit Cuba every year.  Classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, and thatched-roof bars are popular sites on the tourist track.  But hundreds of students and professors from around the world come to Cuba to hit the books - even students from the United States.   In this bonus episode of GDP Dr. Sarah Blue chats with Dr. Bob Huish about leading study tours to Cuba.  Both Dr. Sarah & Dr. Bob have years of experience in organizing university study tours to Cuba.  This bonus episode debunks a lot of myths about traveling to Cuba and gives students and educators some handy tips for studying in Cuba.   Sarah A. Blue is an associate professor of geography at Texas State University. Her research broadly focuses on how international migration and changes in the global political economy affect local socio-economic dynamics in the Latin America and the United States. Her current areas of research focus on gender, race, and migration, specifically undocumented Latino migration to the United States and socio-economic change, medical internationalism, and agroecology in Cuba.  She also owns an educational tour company that has taken 12 educational tour groups to Cuba since 2013. She has been traveling to and conducting research in Cuba for the past 23 years and has been to the island around 30 times. Dr. Blue opened the company Candela Cuba Tours in 2013. Candela Cuba Tours works closely with Dr. Blue’s friends and colleagues in Cuba for the tours, many of whom she has known for over 20 years, and is able to share an authentic Cuban experience with the groups she leads. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
January 13, 2020
The Challenging Racism Project: Exploring the Consequences of Racism in Development.
Racism is a problem everywhere, and it is increasingly finding its way into politics around the world, including Australia.   In this Season 2 finale,  Dr. Bob Huish talks with Prof. Kevin Dunn at Western Sydney University about the "Challenging Racism Project". It's a project that documents the poor attitudes that some people have towards others, but also to understand the disadvantages and experiences resulting from racism, especially when it comes to immigration. Kevin Dunn is Dean and Professor at the School of Social Science and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He is heading up the Challenging Racism Project. He is Lead Dean for Global Rankings at UWS and Provost of the Penrith campus. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
January 11, 2020
🎵Vacation is all I ever wanted.🎵 The Delicate Balance of Tourism and Development.
Tourism can be hard on sensitive ecosystems.  Imported food, carbon miles, water, sanitation, and single use plastics are all problems.  But you'll never guess what plastic item for tourists is actually causing a lot of grief for environmental sustainability.  Tune into to hear Dr. Bob Huish chat with Dr. Regina Scheyvens about her research on tourism and development in the Pacific.   Regina Scheyvens is Professor and Co-director of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her work focuses on relationships between tourism, sustainable development and poverty reduction. She has worked on these issues in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Maldives and in Southern Africa. Her recent work looks at economic development on customary land in the Pacific. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 10, 2020
A Place without Time: Health, Development, and Climate Change in Kiribati.
This is, without doubt, the most remote Podcast that you'll hear on the series.  Dr. Bob Huish joins Dr. Sharon McLennan & Cristine Werle in Kiribati, a country in the Pacific Ocean that is only 2 - 3 meters above sea level.  The three met to learn about Cuban Medical Cooperation in the Pacific,  and quickly became aware of the serious health and development challenges that impact Kiribati today.   Cristine Werle is a Master’s Student at Massey Univeristy in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her research focuses on Cuban cooperation in the Pacific, particularly in Kiribati. She conducted field work in Kiribati in 2019 Sharon McLennan is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Massey University. She was awarded a Marsden Foundation grant on South-South Cooperation form the Royal Society of New Zealand. Sharon has a background in health – trained as a registered nurse and having worked in Asia, Central America and the Pacific. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 9, 2020
🇨🇺 Havana nights and Moscow Days: The Development of Cuba - Russia Relations. 🇨🇺
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, ending a long-standing special relationship with Cuba.  The fall of the wall thew Cuba into an economic tailspin in the 1990s, and it signalled many to think that Cuba was on the look out for new partners in new places. In this special series podcast on the Cuban Development Model Dr. Bob Huish connects with Dr. Mervyn Bain  about just how deep relations run between Moscow and Havana.  Even though economic chaos ensued in the 1990s, it did not mean the end of Cuba - Russia relations.  In fact, they may be stronger today than ever before. Dr. Bain is a senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom) and Head of School of Social Science. He has published various articles on Cuba’s relationship with the Soviet Union and Russia. He is also the author of four books on the relationship between Moscow and Havana with the book Moscow and Havana 1917 to the present. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 8, 2020
🇨🇺 The Development of Cuba's Emergency Readiness in an era of Climate Change. 🇨🇺
Master's graduate Jessica Hirtle has been through hurricanes, and she has been to Cuba.  It didn't take her long to notice that Cuba seems to be better prepared to handle hurricanes and natural disasters than many other areas in the Caribbean and even in North America. In this episode Jessica Hirtle sits down with her Master's Supervisor Dr. Bob Huish to talk about her primary research on Cuba's emergency management and preparedness system.  As they discuss, Cuba provides an important example of how nations, even those with modest economies, could be better prepared for natural disasters in the future. Jessica Hirtle is a graduate of the Master’s program in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. Jessica’s research focuses on Cuba’s disaster relief system. She conducted field work in Havana, Las Terrazas, and Viñales, Cuba from October to December, 2018. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 7, 2020
🇨🇺🏳️‍🌈 The Development of Cuba's Gay Revolution. 🏳️‍🌈🇨🇺
In Cuba in the 1960s an 1970s gay men could be sent to work camps for "re-education".  Hostilities and discrimination against the gay community were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s as well.  However, today Cuba has one of the most progressive approaches to LGBTQ+ rights in the Americas.   In this podcast Dr Bob Huish talks with Dr. Emily Kirk to discuss how attitudes and policies changed in Cuba from being incredibly repressive to forwardly progressive.    Dr. Emily Kirk is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is author of Cuba’s Gay Revolution, and co-editor of Cuba’s Forgotten Decade. Dr. Kirk continues to research the impact of the health-based approach to development within Cuba. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 6, 2020
🇨🇺 Cuba's Healthy Development. 🇨🇺
Almost 20 years ago Dr. John Kirk encouraged (Dr.) Bob Huish to head to Cuba to pursue research for the first time.  Since then the two have worked closely together on issues of Cuba's place in the global health landscape.  Both have published books on Cuban Medical Internationalism and dozens of articles on the subject.  In this podcast they sit down for a half hour to discuss why Cuba sends thousands of doctors overseas, why Cuba offers medical scholarships to students from around the world, and how well the Cuban development model fares in taking care of their own.  John Kirk is Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University, where he has taught since 1978. He is the author / co-editor of 16 books on Cuba, including “health care without borders.” He is currently working on a new book analyzing Canada-Cuba relations. This podcast is part of the special series on The Cuban Development Model.  Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
January 5, 2020
Inequity, Injustice, & Indifference. The Heart and Soul of Neoliberal Development.
On this episode, recorded in Blackball New Zealand, Dr. Bob Huish  talks to Dr. Sean Connelly about neoliberalism.  What is it?  What has it done, and what are the outcomes of this economic theory turned ideology?  No better place to discuss this concept than in the birthplace of New Zealand's labour movement. Sean is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago in the department of geography. He looks at community response to sustainability challenges. He is co-editor of the Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability. He has a regular column “Seeds for Change” in the Otago Daily Times on food and sustainability Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
January 4, 2020
What's it like being a front-line Humanitarian Development Worker? Watch M*A*S*H.
In this episode Dr. Bob Huish talks with Jessica Cadesky in Vancouver to talk about her experiences as a worker with the Red Cross, and UN agencies working on gender and violence prevention.  Jessica's research looks at gender in post-conflict settings, and how humanitarian programs need to be mindful of gender in their scope and approach.   Jessica is a gender and violence prevention specialist with over a decade of experience with the United Nations & The Red Cross. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Development Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research looks at post-conflict aid programming and the impacts of gender equality in Sri Lanka.   Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
January 3, 2020
Who Votes for Democracy? The Place of "Democracy Assistance" in International Development.
Democracy is a precious thing and it takes work to build it and to protect it.  In our kick-off episode of season 2, Dr. Bob Huish talks to Dr. Gabrielle Bardall about "Democracy Assistance" in International Development.  Working in post-conflict, and authoritarian states, Dr. Bardall has on the ground experience of enhancing democratic processes and elections around the world. Dr. Gabrielle Bardall is a Research Associate with the Center for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa and an independent consultant. Over the past 15 years, Gabrielle has worked in over 50 countries worldwide for a variety of UN agencies and international organizations, including UNDP, DPKO, UN Women, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Carter Center. She specializes in democracy assistance, especially promoting women’s political rights in post-conflict and authoritarian states. Gabrielle holds degrees from McGill University, Sciences-Po Paris and l’Université de Montreal. She received the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship for her work in the area of violence against women in politics. Follow Dr. Huish on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
January 2, 2020
It's season two of Rick and Morty! No, wait! It's season two of GDP - The Global Development Primer.
It's Season 2 of GDP.  Here's what to expect:  More development in action podcasts by practitioners who lend advice on how to get jobs in the development field.  And a block set of episodes dedicated entirely to the Cuban development model. 🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺 Season 2 episodes start on January 2, 2020. Tune in, check it out, and follow along on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
December 23, 2019
A Power No Government Can Suppress: Activism as Development.
In 2019 we witnessed protests in Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and even Nova Scotia.  Why are these protests occurring, and how effective are they in making transformative change?  In this "In the Now" bonus podcast on GDP, Dr. Bob Huish speaks with Dr. Jon Langdon about the efficacy of activism today.  Knowing the local matters when it comes to Activism & Development, and in this conversation we discuss the bigger issues that go beyond street-level protest. What makes for successful activism?  What motivates people to put themselves in harms way when it comes to fighting for change?  This is a bonus podcast that goes far beyond  the headlines of activism and protest today. Jonathan Langdon is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He has been working with social movements in Ghana for the last 18 years, and more specifically with a movement in Ada defending communal access to a salt yielding lagoon since 2008. His recent work connects with other resource contention hot spots in Ghana, as well as with Indigenous Mayan educators/activists in Guatemala. He also works closely with climate justice movements and Mi’kmaq First Nation Water Protectors in Nova Scotia, and sits on the steering committee of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource Action Coalition (NOFRAC). Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 19, 2019
School is Out! A Bangladesh University for Women brings about Impressive Development Goals.
It's the finale for Season 1 of GDP.  Dr. Bob Huish calls up two good friends in Fiji, Dr. Sara Amin & Dr. Christian Girard.  Both have teaching experience at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, which offers fully-funded scholarships to incredibly talented women from across Asia.  In this conversation, Sara & Christian share stories and reveal important insights into innovative teaching for gender and development. Dr. Christian Girard is an independent researcher and development practitioner based in Fiji. His main research interests include development, poverty, vulnerability and livelihoods; governance, public policy and urban planning; and social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social business. For the last 15 years, he has worked, conducted and supervised research in Asia, Africa and Latin America on various projects related to poverty reduction, housing and urban management, education, women’s empowerment Dr. Sara Amin is a Lecturer and Discipline Coordinator of Sociology at the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji). Her research focuses on the areas of a) migration dynamics b) identity politics c) gender relations and politics d) and education. Previously she was a Fulbright International Visiting Scholar to Georgetown University. She has received research grants from the Ford Foundation and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Council. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 8, 2019
Development is Just so Modern: Modernization theory 101.
In this episode Dr. Matthew Schnurr joins Dr. Bob Huish to chat about modernization theory.  Like other episodes in this first season, we're covering the groundwork for theories of International Development that have transformed the lives of millions for better and worse.   Matthew Schnurr is an environmental geographer with research and teaching interests in environment and development. His research looks at political ecology, ecology, agricultural biotechnology, farmer-decision making and environmental security. His regional interests lie in East and Southern Africa. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 8, 2019
Feminist Foreign International Assistance Policy: Development's new era?
Canada has a Feminist Foreign International Assistance Policy that focuses on peace, security, violence issues, and economic empowerment that puts poverty alleviation at the heart of the policy.  Dr. Laura Parisi joins Dr. Bob Huish in this episode to talk about the details, and how effective this approach is to International Development.   Dr. Parisi is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Gender Studies with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC Canada. She publishes and teaches in the areas of gender equality, political economy, human rights, global governance, and international development. She co-authored forthcoming book, Gender, Power, and International Development: A Critical Approach. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 8, 2019
Disabilities within International Development: Chronicles of Nigeria.
Disability issues are some of the most understudied and neglected areas of International Development.  In this episode recent MA graduate Anu Oduwole talks to Dr. Bob Huish about her work in studying disability issues in Nigeria.  In Nigeria, persons with disabilities face enormous challenges, and the state is doing very little to ensure their well being.  Anu talks to GDP about this situation and what needs to be done.  A recent graduate of the Master’s Program in International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She is pursuing research around disability, global health and development, with a specific focus on the struggles and health care barriers facing Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria. Her undergraduate degree was from Carleton University, and she has plans to further her research in Global Health and International Development. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 7, 2019
Colonialism: Global Development's Painful Origins.
This week it is a window into the University class experience with Dr. Huish and Tari Ajadi.  Tari offers some detailed clarification after students at Dalhousie University covered a chapter and a lecture on Colonialism in Development.  If you're curious as to what we discuss in our Introduction to Development Studies courses, here's your chance to find out all about it.  And what a topic!  Colonialism sets the development stage in motion with painful and brutal consequences still felt to this day. Tari Ajadi is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Dalhousie University and he is a Junior Fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance.  His research looks at the barriers to, and the opportunities for, targeted policies aimed at reducing racial health inequities.  Tari has published articles in The Globe and Mail, The Chronicle Herald, University Affairs, and The Tyee.   Follow Dr. Huish on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 7, 2019
Diamonds and Development Are Forever?
In this episode Dr. Bob Huish makes his way to Blackball New Zealand to catch up with long-time friend Prof. Tony Binns.  Prof. Binns talks to us about his time and work in Sierra Leone, a country deeply impacted by conflict, food security challenges, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak.   Prof. Tony Binns is the Ron Lister Chair of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.  He has worked in the field of Geography and International Development Studies for 40 years, and he has published 21 books and over 150 journal articles.  He was made Chief Majawah of Sandor in Kayima, Sierra Leone in 2014. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 7, 2019
Get Your Foot in the Door by Getting a Plane? The ethical conundrum of Voluntourism in International Development.
This week Heather Carroll joins Dr. Bob Huish in the podcast studio to talk about voluntourism, the combination of volunteering, tourism, and academic credit.  Is this the heart of development?  Is it poverty tourism?  Is it a multi-million dollar business?  These two educators dive into the details. Thousands of students volunteer abroad every year.  Is it a necessary rite of passage to enter the field of development? Is it outright exploitation? Heather is an elementary school teacher in Halifax, who has taught at the elementary level in Cambodia and in Fiji. She is a 3M National Student Fellow. Heather is currently attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She guest lectured for Dr. Huish at Dalhousie, and followed up with this chat in the podcast studio. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 7, 2019
🎵 No Sugar Tonight in my Coffee 🎵 Any Fairness in Development?
Today Dr. Bob Huish brings in fellow coffee addict Dr. Gavin Fridell to talk about fair trade coffee, and the broader economics of the coffee trade.  Thought of as an ideal model of development, Dr. Fridell discusses just how well fair trade has faired in International Development.   Dr. Fridell is a Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University. A member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Fair Trade Network. Author of 3 books Coffee (2014); Alternative Trade (2013); and Fair Trade Coffee (2007). His research explores socially responsible trade policy, the political economy of NAFTA and Caribbean trade. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 6, 2019
The "Stateless State" of Development: Chronicles of Myanmar.
Today on GDP Dr. Bob Huish has Patrick Balazo on the phone from Thailand to talk about the very serious perils of statelessness.   Patrick holds a BAH and Masters in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. He is a Killam Scholar, and Recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela, and worked as a Research Officer with a Burmese human rights organization based in Thailand. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 6, 2019
Two Thousand Years Before Development
In this episode Dr. Bob Huish speaks with Dr. Eli Diamond about Aristotle, the Capabilities Approach, and why it matters for International Development Studies today. Dr. Diamond is an Associate professor of Ancient Philosophy at Dalhousie University. His research interests include metaphysics and politics in ancient Greek philosophy. He is the author of “Mortal Imitations of divine life: The Nature of Soul in Aristotle’s De anima”. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter:  @ProfessorHuish
November 6, 2019
The Global Development Primer
A podcast that goes well beyond Gross Domestic Product!  GDP, the Global Development Primer, is a podcast, a course, and a lens into the world of International Development Studies.  Featuring experts from around the world, Dr. Bob Huish broadcasts from Dalhousie University, in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada, to bring you important insights into everything related to International Development Studies.
November 6, 2019