Since 1991, the International Political Economy and Ecology (IPEE) Summer School has offered a course each year on a salient issue within the IPEE field. Every year an internationally renowned scholar in the field is invited as the course instructor. The course offering is sponsored by the Department of Politics, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and the Department of Geography at York University.
International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School
Thinking Neoliberal Development Otherwise
Suzanne Bergeron, Helen M. Graves Collegiate Professor
Women’s Studies and Social Sciences, University of Michigan Dearborn
and Isabella Bakker (Department of Politics, York University) as co-instructors
POLS 6282, ENVS 6275, GEOG 5395,
As global development has become increasingly corporatized, its solutions to poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation are often presented as if the aims of development and business overlap. As a consequence, social justice issues related to development goals get framed though a “business case” lens that is focused on achieving capitalist efficiency, profitability, and growth. For example, gender equity programs now revolve around unleashing women’s “untapped potential” for the capitalist market; environmental sustainability projects stress goals of efficiency and profitability; and anti-poverty projects make individual self-reliance and entrepreneurship their cornerstones – while presenting market-led development as the only alternative. This course critically examines these corporatized projects of development, and provides ways of thinking about the economy outside of the neoliberal frame. The course will interweave theoretical work on working within and against neoliberal and corporatized development for social change, in-depth case studies of corporatized development projects and resistances, and a range of alternative frameworks such as feminist economics, social and solidarity economics, diverse economies approaches, ecological economics, buen vivir, and more.
The IPEE Summer School invites applications from graduate students and other interested individuals.
Application procedures for the Summer School vary, depending on whether or not you intend to take the course for academic credit.
The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.
Please send your application material to:
Jlenya Sarra-De Meo
Graduate Program Administrator
International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School
Graduate Political Science, S645 Ross
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: (416) 736-2100 ext. 88825
Fax: (416) 736-5686
1. Students intending to take the Summer School for academic credit.
Academic credit for the Summer School will be one half-course equivalent (that is, for a one term graduate course).
1.1 Ontario Graduate Students, including York University Graduate Students
- You must submit a statement of why you would like to take the course and list your background and qualifications.
- Please leave material with Jlenya Sarra-De Meo in S645 Ross or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- as applicable
– York students who are not Political Science, FES or Geography students must file a "Request to Take a Course in Another Graduate Program at York for Credit" form.
– Non-York students must file an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Application form (available from your home university).
Fees: For graduate students from Ontario universities (including York), the fee for the Summer School is included in the regular tuition.
1.2 Graduate Students from Outside Ontario (Canadian and International)
- You must submit a brief statement of why you want to take the course and list your background and qualifications.
- Graduate students from outside Ontario should discuss with their own Graduate Program Director whether they must register for formal credit at York to receive credit at their own university. If you are required to register for formal credit, you must apply as a special student, and send both undergraduate and graduate official transcripts to the Office of Admissions at York University. You should also provide to the Faculty of Graduate Studies a letter of permission from your home university.
For graduate students attending university outside of Ontario who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who register for formal credit, the fee for the course would normally be approximately CDN $2,700. (Please inquire about alternative arrangements).
Note: Be sure to check first with your own university whether or not you are required to register for formal credit at York to receive credit for the Summer School at your own university.
2. Students who are not seeking academic credit for the Summer School
- You must submit a statement of why you want to take the course and list your background and qualifications.
- Should you be admitted to the Summer School, you must fill out a registration form which will be provided to you by the Graduate Program in Political Science at a later date.
Fees: For all students who are not seeking academic credit the fee for the Summer School is CDN $600.
The number of participants in the course will be limited to 30. About one third of these places are reserved to York Department of Political Science students, one third are reserved to York Faculty of Environmental Studies students, and one third or the places are reserved for Department of Geography. Non-credit participants are included in this proportion.
Admissions to the Summer School will be decided by a committee of all sponsoring academic units. (For those applicants from outside Ontario who are seeking academic credit, this decision does not guarantee admission into the Faculty of Graduate Studies.)
The dates of the course are June 3 – June 14, 2019. The course will meet Monday–Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm. The course is a seminar format, with introductory remarks and/or lectures by the course instructor at the beginning of each session. A list of required readings and details of written assignments will be available before the class begins.
Although it's a hike from downtown Toronto night-life (an hour by subway and bus), you may want to consider staying on the York campus if coming from outside Toronto. Athletic and eating facilities are available on the campus. Dormitory-style housing is available starting around CDN $50 per night. Space is limited, and you do need to apply. For more information, please contact York Accommodations and Conference Services at (416) 736-2100 ext. 20325.
For cheaper accommodation on campus, or if you prefer, elsewhere in Toronto, you also might want to consider sharing a student apartment. However, there is no central exchange for information on students’ sublets and shares. You can check a Toronto newspaper (the Toronto Star is far better for this information than the Globe and Mail), Toronto Craigslist or Kijiji.
Past IPEE Summer School Speakers
|1991||Eric Helleiner||Global Finance and the Emerging World Order|
|1993||Saskia Sassen||Global Cities|
|1994||Elmar Altvatar||Economy + Ecology|
|1995||Vandana Shiva||Sustainability in a Turbulent World|
|1996||Alain Lipietz||The Planner After Fordism: Ecology, Democracy, Internationalism|
|After the New Right: New Lefts North and South|
|1998||Warren Magnusson||Social Movements and the Global City|
|1999||Mike Davis||The Political Economy of Disaster: From Victorian Famines to Postmodern Apocalypses|
|2000||Peter Marcuse||Globalizing Cities/Partitioned Worlds|
|2001||Patrick Bond||Challenging Capitalist Globalizations: Targets, Opportunities, Contradictions|
|2002||Tony Clarke||Blue Gold: Unpacking the Political Ecology of the Emerging Global Water Crisis|
|2003||Dick Bryan||Global Capital and National Identity|
|2004||Eric Swyngedouw||Delightful Perversions of Glocalization: Nature, Space and Scale|
|Ecology, Imperialism and the Contradictions of Capitalism|
|2006||Aijaz Ahmed||Imperialism of Our Time|
|2007||Alfredo Saad-Filho||Development under Neoliberalism: Value, Money, Accumulation, Alternatives|
|2008||Gustavo Esteva||Beyond development and Globalization: Autonomous Movements, Indigenous Knowledges and Food Sovereignty in Latin America|
|Social Injustice is Killing People: the Political Economy of Health|
|2010||Nik Theodore||Labour Markets Under Late Neoliberalism: Restructuring, Regulations and Resistance|
|2011||Adam Harmes||New Constitutionalism and Global Economy|
|2012||Adam Hanieh||Political Economy of the Arab Spring: Crisis, Capitalism and Revolt|
|2013||Nik Heynen||Radical Food and Hunger Politics in the City|
|2014||Jamie Gough||Localism in a Neoliberal World: How Do Right, Centre and Left Use the Local Scale?|
|2015||Don Mitchell||Mean Street: Class Struggle, Capital Circulation and Public Space.|
|2016||Glen Coulthard||Resurgencies: Settler-Colonialism and Radical Indigenous Politics|
|2017||Nancy Peluso||Violent Political Ecologies: Resources, Labour, Transformation