Knowledge is telling the past. Wisdom is predicting the future. – W. Timothy Garvey

Faculty Advisor and Editor-in-Chief

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Steffi Hamann

Steffi Hamann came to Canada from Germany to pursue her research in the field of International Development Studies. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph. Previously, she has gained practical experience working as a consultant for the Department of Food Assistance at the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Berlin and has conducted extensive field research in Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Her research interests centre around food security challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.

Founder and Senior Editor

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Dr. Yvonne Su

Yvonne Su holds a PhD degree in Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph and a Masters degree in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation research focused on climate change, resilience, migration and poverty and inequality. Yvonne has published on climate change-induced displacement, mainstreaming climate change resilience into urban policy, and applying the capabilities approach to the global governance of migration.

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Colin Gibson

Colin Gibson is a PhD candidate studying Water-Resources Engineering and International Development at the University of Guelph. His research interests relate to water security challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada. He is currently volunteering on several research projects concerning water and the environment in Six Nations reserve. Abroad, Colin has experience working on research/development projects in India, Bolivia, Mali, and The Gambia.


Anna Olchowec

Anna Olchowec is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, studying Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Her studies of interest include gender and politics, poverty and inequality, environmental politics, and law and ethics. Her focus is on gender-based violence, inequalities and discriminations both within Canada and on an International level. Particularly, she is interested in how politics and development overlap with concepts like violence and poverty as they relate to women and children. She hopes to pursue Law School in her post-graduate degree – where she hopes to study International and Domestic Human Rights Law in context with gender, specifically.

Anna has dedicated significant time to community initiatives and volunteer work in order to improve living conditions for those living in poverty at the local level. Additionally, she has worked with local programs in the city of Guelph to support women in crisis situations, to empower these women, and to reduce gender-based violence.

Topics of Interest: Gender and politics, gender-based violence, poverty and inequality, environmental politics, and law and ethics.


Tyler Valiquette

Tyler Valiquette holds a MA degree in Political Science from the University of Guelph. Tyler’s graduate research focused on LGBTQ+ rights and anti-discrimination laws in Brazil. Upon completing his degree, Tyler taught at the University of Brasilia, researched with various think-tanks
and helped launch Vote Compass in Brazil. Tyler’s current research focuses on the policy needs of LGBTQ+ Venezuelan refugees in Latin America. In 2019, Tyler moved back to Canada and co-founded the national organization, Future Majority.


Tijana Bagaric

Tijana Bagaric is an International Development graduate with a focus on the Environment and Development. Her studies of interest include climate change policy, diaspora studies, as well as historical subjects influencing the world systems today. Currently, she is exploring her options in career paths, and her previous experiences editing a journal, assisting research and others are informing her choices.

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