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) was founded by three leading universities: the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University and Polytechnique Montréal. CIRDI is based at UBC, and serves as an independent centre of expertise in sustainable natural resource governance.
Working with Canadian and international partners, the Institute provides advice, technical support, training and research on request to developing country governments seeking to strengthen natural resource management for the benefit of their people.
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 Summer 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.