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Doris Buss

Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies

Degrees:B.A. (Carleton), LL.B. (Dalhousie), LL.M. (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8011
Office:D495 LA (Loeb Building)

Area of Interests

Gender and global governance; Gender, sexuality, and violence in the constitution of legal orders; Transnational governance dimensions of mining and resource extraction; Rural mining livelihoods and gender in sub-Saharan Africa; gender and epistemology.

Current Research Projects

1. Gender and Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (Kenya, Sierra Leone and Mozambique): 2014–2021 (for more information and copies of publications:

Working with partners in Canada and Africa, Carleton Professor Blair Rutherford and I have been studying the gendered dimensions of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in these three countries as well as the gendered context of global resource governance (in one project) and in the second, connecting the research results with mining communities, national and transnational organizations and governments working on gender and resource governance.

2.Gender and Global Governance: Beyond Co-optation and Confrontation” (with Shireen Hassim, Pablo Heidrich, Laura Macdonald, Lisa Mills, Blair Rutherford, and Ania Zbyszewska), Faculty of Public Affairs Research Team competition winner.

This explores questions about how, and with what effects, gender is taken up in resource governance and trade policy regimes, what understandings infuse ‘gender equality’ in selected sites, and whether the discourse of gender inclusion enables alternatives to mainstream economic models and conceptions of gender, labour and human rights, and if so, in what ways?

Graduate Supervisions

I am currently accepting graduate students working in the areas of: gender, critical and queer approaches to international law and politics; transnational law and global governance; law and development; law and Africa; armed conflict and gendered insecurity; global resource governance; feminist politics and sexual and gender-based violence

Graduate students (current and recent)


Student name Project Degree
Janoff Queer Diplomacy: Homophobia, Human Rights and International Affairs PhD Canadian Studies, committee member (in progress)
Tan Child Soldiers PhD Legal Studies (Committee Member) in progress
Hoogendam Reacting to the Rise in Accountability Requirements: A Case Study of Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program PhD, Public Policy (Committee Member), in progress
Bromwich Re:Reading Ashley: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Figures of Ashley as Girl in the Smith Case PhD Legal Studies, with distinction; Senate Medal winner, committee member.2015


Student name Project Degree
Sriyanchita Srinivasan Women’s political protest, Manipur, India MA Legal Studies, Thesis, supervisor, current
Sarah Kamba Conflict to Peace: The Turn Towards Peacebuilding in Natural Resource Management and the Role of Supply Chain Certification MA Legal Studies, 2019, Research Essay, supervisor
Nathan Taylor A challenge to the discourse of development or development done differently: The discourse of experts in the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation MA Political Economy, Thesis, Supervisor 2018
Danielle Mihok “Governing at a Distance” Exploring the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Action Section 1502 through the lens of Tania Murray Li MA Legal Studies, Research Essay, Supervisor 2017
Margaret Coligan Legal Consciousness and Reporting Rape: An analysis of media responses to the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, MA Legal Studies, Research Essay, Supervisor 2015
Ida Dei The Difference Between ‘Us and Them’, ‘Here and There’: The use of language in the international discourse on the Anti-homosexuality Bill MA Legal Studies, Research Essay, Supervisor 2013
Hayley Flett Are Refugees ‘Disappearing’? An analysis of exclusion technologies used in the Tamil Immigration and Refugee Board Decisions in Canada MA Legal Studies, Thesis (with distinction), supervisor 2012

Selected Recent Publications

Forthcoming “Gender and Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining; Implications for Formalization”, Extractive Industries and Society, in production

Forthcoming 2020. (with Sarah Katz-Lavigne, Aluoka Otieno, Eileen Alma), ““Remember the Women of Osiri”: Women and Gender in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Migori County, Kenya”, Canadian Journal of African Studies (in production as of April 2019, doi 10.1080/00083968.2019.1677483).

Forthcoming 2020. (with Blair Rutherford) “Gendering Women’s Livelihoods in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: An Introduction”, Canadian Journal of African Studies

Forthcoming 2020 (second author, with Blair Rutherford) “Gendered Governance and Socio-Economic Differentiation among Women Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners in Central and East Africa”, Third World ThematicsA TWQ Journal, 4:1, 63-79, DOI 10.1080/23802014.2019.1646614

2018. “Conflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in Central Africa: Troubling Research”, Social Politics, 25(4): 545-567.