Whether you’re a current Carleton student, a prospective student, or an interested party reading this from off campus, I want to welcome you to the homepage of one of Carleton’s most innovative and interdisciplinary graduate programs. The Institute of Political Economy offers a series of core courses in political economic theory and methods as well as work and labour studies, and we partner with more than a dozen departments across two faculties at Carleton (Public Affairs and the Arts and Social Sciences) for the delivery of elective courses.  Our strength is built on the calibre of our faculty—our own cross-appointed faculty and our visiting professors—and the outstanding scholarship and rigour of our students.

In addition to our long-standing flagship MA program and collaborative PhD, we are proud to have just introduced a new Graduate Diploma in Work and Labour — the only one of its kind in Canada. Both graduate students and practitioners at all stages of their careers can earn a Diploma through this this 2.5-credit program, which is more relevant today than ever.

As we continue to navigate our way through (and hopefully out of) the pandemic, Fall 2021 marks the beginning of a transition back to in-person learning. We are welcoming students back to the 15th floor of Dunton Tower, but in smaller numbers than we’re used to. Most of our core seminars will once again be held face-to-face, although in larger-than-usual classrooms. However, thanks to the generous support of the Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, we are taking advantage of the lull in traffic to make some renovations on our floor, including the installation of high-fidelity videoconferencing equipment in the seminar room so that it will be ready for students when we’re allowed to hold seminars there again.

Our visiting professor program of course continues, and I’m very pleased that Dr. John Peters and Dr. Deniz Duruiz will be joining us this year. Dr. Peters, formerly of Laurentian’s Labour Studies program, will be teaching “Labour and Environmental Policy” and “The Political Sociology of Inequality” in the fall; Dr. Duruiz will be teaching “Labor, Social Difference, and Subjectivity” and “The Political Economy of Migration and Im/Mobilities” in the winter.

We also have the pleasure of hosting a Fulbright scholar this year: Prof. Mark Schwartz, of the Politics Faculty at the University of Virginia, will be FPA’s Distinguished Chair in Public Affairs in North American Society, Policy, and Media, and he will be in residence at the Institute of Political Economy while working on his book.

I invite you to peruse the website to learn more about our programs and faculty, and to contact Tabbatha Malouin, Institute Administrator, or myself with any enquiries or questions.

Dr. Justin Paulson (he/him)
Director,  Institute of Political Economy
Dunton Tower 1502
Carleton University

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