2012-13 Visiting Scholar - James (Sandy) Irvine
Dr. Irvine has degrees in History and Political Science from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto. His research and teaching closely relate to many of the focuses of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. Courses he has taught have explored topics of global governance (including the relationship between processes of globalization and the state, the internationalization of public policy, and the United Nations system) as well as human displacement and international migration. This work has raised interesting questions about the development of formal and informal political globalization and reflects on the prospects for individuals (especially those on the move) in a global system centred on states and economic actors. A significant focus of Dr. Irvine’s research focuses on states’ responses to international migration often through innovative developments in global governance such as the creation of global government networks tasked with managing international migration. This research also considers specific policies of extra-territorial enforcement of state borders, driven by concerns of security and control, and the implication of these policies for migrants who find themselves outside the traditional state system and the protection it might be expected to afford them.