The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions are housed within the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and are important partners on topics of global and policy relevance.
Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is an independent interdisciplinary centre of expertise on natural resource governance and related policy, management and sustainable development. Since its founding in 2013, CIRDI has established itself as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization and shared learning. With Canadian and international partners, CIRDI provides leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research concentrating its efforts in three areas: Public Sector Capacity and Governance, Environment and Climate Change, Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining.
CIRDI’s academic and operational independence enables the Institute to act as a neutral convener in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. In this way, CIRDI exchanges knowledge and expertise with other countries that enables responsible natural resource governance, environmental stewardship, gender equality and ultimately, poverty reduction.
CIRDI was established by three leading universities – The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Polytechnique Montréal – under a Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada (GAC). While UBC has always been CIRDI’s institutional home, CIRDI’s relationship with the university was further formalized through its integration with UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) in 2017.
In addition to its headquarters in Vancouver, CIRDI opened a field office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016 to administer the Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) Ethiopia Project, which was also funded by GAC.
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
CSDI supports publicly engaged research, teaching and knowledge-sharing on democratic practices and institutions, with a focus on citizen engagement and participation, constitutional governance and transitional regimes.
The Centre works with government and nongovernmental organizations and brings together scholars, public officials and students from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic disciplines.
Offered through CSDI, the Institute for Future Legislators summer program provides hands-on training and mentoring for anyone with political aspirations seeking the practical experience and knowledge required to make a difference at the local, provincial or federal level.