The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) is a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the promotion of new knowledge in the broad field of international development. CASID is a membership-based organization.

CASID's executive board is drawn from the membership ranks, the CASID annual conference is organized principally for and by members, CASID members contribute to the Canadian Journal for Development Studies, and much of the news, updates, and publication information found on this website is generated and contributed by CASID members. On this site, you can find information on the benefits of membership in CASID as well as the avenues by which you can become a member.

To accomplish its mission to promote and support international development studies in Canada and abroad, CASID maintains a listserv and a blog to enhance communication and the sharing of information among interested and engaged IDS people worldwide.  CASID organizes one annual conference and sponsors five regional events per year.  The ambition of both the annual conference and the regional events is to bring together people working and studying in the broad field of international development to share opinions, experiences and research findings, to enhance networking and communication in the IDS community, and to facilitate the emergence of new development researchers and practitioners through active interaction and cooperation with Development Studies and related programs in Canadian universities and colleges.

CASID also oversees the publication of two periodicals, the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS) and the Development Forum.  The CJDS is CASID's flagship publication.  Established in 1980, the CJDS is Canada's international and interdisciplinary journal for the discussion of a wide range of development issues. The Development Forum is published two or three times a year, deriving its content from CASID-sponsored Development Forum conferences.   It is meant to be a policy-focused publication written by academics and professionals, but not for academics and professionals.

Governance Documents

File Name Type Uploaded Download
CASID President's Report 2018 Reports 09/10/2018 - 14:16
CASID Conference 2018 Final Program[48408].pdf Conference Program 07/31/2018 - 10:32
CASID Conference Detailed Program 2018[48410].pdf Conference Program 07/31/2018 - 10:32
Board Meeting - Nov 21 2016 Minutes 07/31/2018 - 10:15
Board Meeting - June 2 2018 Minutes 07/31/2018 - 10:13
Board Meeting - May 30 2018 Minutes 07/31/2018 - 10:13
Board Meeting - May 31 2017 Minutes 07/31/2018 - 10:13
AGM - June 1 2017 Minutes 07/31/2018 - 10:12

Executive Committee


Bipasha Baruah

Professor,Women's Studies and Feminist Research
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University
Arts & Humanities Building, Suite 3R34
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7


Molly Den Heyer

Senior Program Analyst, Coady International Institute
St. Francis Xavier University


Ian Smillie

618 Melbourne Ave., Ottawa ON K2A 1X1

Conference Coordinator

Rebecca Tiessen

School of International Development and Global Studies
University of Ottawa
120 University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N6N5


Melanie O’Gorman

Department of Economics
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9


James Gaede

318 Glenridge Dr., Waterloo ON

Members At Large

Chris Eaton

Executive Director
World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
Ottawa, Ontario

Jon Langdon

Development Studies
Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

Wendy Quarry

Development Consultant and Author
Merrickville, ON

Deborah Simpson

Assistant Professor, Politics and International Studies
University of Regina
 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2

Lacey Willmott 

University of Waterloo

Student Members

Charie Enns

Balsillie School of International Affairs

Ashley Rerrie

St. Thomas University


Meenal Shrivastava

Athabasca University

CJDS Editor

Haroon Akram-Lodhi (ex-officio)

Professor, Dept. of International Dev. Studies
Trent University
1600 West Bank Dr., Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8