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Featured Research

Research Institutes & Centres

Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

A world-class interdisciplinary health research centre that fosters excellence in acquiring, producing and communicating socially-relevant knowledge in the fields of health economics and health policy analysis to inform fair and sustainable health and social systems. 


Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition

The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition plays a crucial role in promoting research and teaching on global and international issues and themes.


Spark: a centre for social research innovation

Spark connects researchers to the people, skills and tools needed to stand at the forefront of social research innovation. 


Research Labs & Facilities

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Digital Society Lab

The Digital Society Lab at McMaster University aspires to serve as a world-class, interdisciplinary research facility dedicated to the study of the complex societal transformations that have accompanied the digital age.


Interdisciplinary Networks

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Austerity Research Group

The Austerity Research Group, with members from seven social science disciplines, formed to investigate the theory, practice and results of austerity policies.

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Asian Research Working Group

The aim of the Asian Research Centre is to build and leverage the research strengths and networks of the growing number of scholars in McMaster who work on Asia.

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Ethnic Quota Project

This project builds new knowledge on variations of ethnic quotas designed to guarantee political representation of indigenous and ethnic minority groups in legislatures around the world.

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Globalization and Time

Exploring the relationship between globalization and time and the implications of this for humans and the environment.

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Research in Progress Seminar Series

Research in Progress Seminar Series (RIPS), hosted by the Department of Political Science, McMaster University


Fall 2021 – Tuesday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. online

  • Reckoning with the colonial present: the failures of reconciliation and the denialism of the Canadian state
  • This speaker panel brings together:
  • Vanessa Watts, McMaster University
  • Robert A. Innes, McMaster University
  • David B. MacDonald, University of Guelph