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Irvin Studin

Irvin Studin is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Global Brief magazine, President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions, and Chair of the Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids (Post-Pandemic).

A past Rhodes Scholar, he has been called one of the leading international policy thinkers and strategists of his generation.

Studin is with the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM), and has been a professor of public policy in leading universities and policy schools in North America, Asia, and Europe.

His forthcoming two books, out in 2021, are Canada Must Think for ItselfTen Theses for Our Country’s Survival and Success in the 21st Century; and The Consequences of the Pandemic – What Happened to the World? And What’s to be Done? His last book was Russia – Strategy, Policy and Administration (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018). He is the co-founder of Ukraine’s Higher School of Public Administration (Kyiv).

Studin worked for a number of years in the Privy Council Office (Prime Minister’s department) in Ottawa, as well as in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra. He was an appointed member of the first-ever external advisory board of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Canada’s diplomatic academy, charged with preparing Canada’s diplomats for the challenges of this century.

The first-ever recruit of the Canadian government’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, he was a member of the small team that wrote Canada’s 2004 national security policy (the country’s first), and he principal-authored Australia’s 2006 national counter-terrorism policy.

He holds degrees from the Schulich School of Business (York University), the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. His PhD is from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was a Trudeau Scholar and won the Governor-General’s Gold Medal.

Studin lectures and advises around the world in a number of languages, and has written for publications ranging from the Financial Times to Le MondeVedomosti, the South China Morning Post, the Globe & MailToronto Star, National PostLe DevoirLa Pressethe Indian ExpressThe Australian, and the Straits Times. His other books include The Strategic Constitution – Understanding Canadian Power in the World (UBC Press, 2014), and What is a Canadian? Forty-Three Thought-Provoking Responses (McClelland & Stewart, 2006). The latter book creates the basis for the Odessa Prize in Canadiana, awarded at several universities across Canada.

In a past life, Studin was a two-time All-Canadian soccer player, captained York University’s varsity soccer team, played professionally with the Toronto Lynx (predecessor to Toronto FC), and earned two ‘Blues’ with the varsity soccer team at Oxford University.

Watch a recording of this session, hosted by Dr. Cheryl Collier, incoming Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: