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Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy

NPSIA Director and Professor of International Affairs

Phone:613-520-2600 x 1218
Office:5304 Richcraft Hall

Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy is a Professor of international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. He is currently in his second term as the Director of NPSIA, after serving a first term from 2017 to 2022. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director (MA program) from 2010 to 2016, and as Acting Associate Director (MA program) from 2008 to 2009. Since joining NPSIA in 2003, he has taught graduate courses in development economics, international trade, macroeconomics for developing countries, development assistance and quantitative methods.

Professor Samy’s research interests intersect the broad areas of international and development economics, and his current research focuses on domestic resource mobilization, fragile states, foreign aid, deindustrialization and income inequality, and trade and women’s economic empowerment. He recently co-edited a Handbook on Fragile States (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023) and his latest co-authored book is Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).

His articles have been published in various journals such as Conflict, Security and Development, the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Interactions, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis, the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development and Applied Economics.

Professor Samy is the recipient of a Research Achievement Award (2013-2014) and a Research Excellence Award (2008) from Carleton University. He is currently serving as an Expert for the The African Knowledge Network, Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, United Nations Under-Secretary General.

Professor Samy holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Hons.) in Economics and Mathematics from York University. He completed his A-levels with distinctions in all subjects at the Royal College Curepipe, Mauritius, and is a double recipient of a scholarship from the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program.


African economic development, domestic resource mobilization, foreign aid, fragile and conflict-affected states, deindustrialization and income inequality, small island developing states, trade and development.