Research Overview

UTSC Research: Department of Political Science

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Political Science Faculty Research

The Department of Political at U of T Scarborough represents a community of scholars who are deeply engaged in teaching and research on a variety of topics in disciplines of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Law

Our faculty engages in internationally recognized research that advances the frontiers of knowledge, serves the interests of our local and global community, and strives to work through the lens of inclusive excellence- one of the important priorities set in U of T Scarborough’s Strategic Plan.

Each year, our faculty members are invited to deliver public lectures in the world’s foremost universities, and engage in public discussion to encourage continued dialogue regarding the current world issues in politics, policy and law. In addition, over the last decade alone, books published by our faculty members have won international awards for the best work in their respective fields.

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Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program (CSPP)

The Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program (CSPP) is UTSC’s flagship program for supporting the pursuit of strategic initiatives.

The purpose of the Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program (CSPP) is to promote self-sustaining, interdisciplinary, inter-departmental, collaborative clusters of scholarship in areas of established and emerging strength at UTSC and which have a demonstrable capacity to augment UofT’s global standing through prominence in research, creative activity and exceptional learning.

CSPP-supported clusters are expected to generate impactful, transformative research that transcends traditional departmental and institutional boundaries and thereby enables UTSC to create and disseminate new knowledge and innovations that will benefit the citizens of Canada and beyond.


Faculty members within the department are currently engaged in the following clusters:

Urban Just Transitions from Scarborough to the Globe

Cluster Leads: Matthew Hoffmann  (Department of Political Science) and Laura Tozer (Department of Physical & Environmental Science)

Urban Just Transitions from Scarborough to the Globe brings together researchers from five different departments at UTSC who will look at ways to achieve a just transformation to a zero-carbon society and energy system, which will be important in addressing climate change. The cluster will focus on how justice and equity can play a role in transitioning away from carbon pollution. It will build relationships with communities in Scarborough and learn how community-university research partnerships can help envision and build a more equitable and sustainable city.

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