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Francis Dawson

critical data studies, global finance, political economy of technology

Before beginning your studies at the Institute of Political Economy where did you study and what program(s) were you enrolled in?

I have a B.A. (hons.) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

What is it specifically that attracted you to study Political Economy at Carleton?

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is really what drew me to Carleton. In addition, I appreciate the flexibility of course selection, as well as the critical perspectives that many of the professors at the institute, as well as my peers, share.

My areas of research interest include…

In general, I’m interested in how global economic forces shape and dictate local practices, such as in the case of large-scale infrastructure projects. More specifically, I’m interested in the intersection of global environmental governance and the role that finance plays in that realm. Additionally, I have a regional research interest in Latin America.

What activities have you been involved in lately?

When I’m not catching up on readings or grading midterms, I like to stay active by playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, and hiking.

What advice would you give to a prospective Political Economy graduate student?

My best piece of advice would be to keep reading, stay informed on current events, and be critical. Also, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!