Established in 1993, The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) is an interdisciplinary centre aimed at advancing research and teaching. Research within the Centre focuses on diversity, broadly conceived, including diversity of lifestyle, philosophical diversity, racial diversity, gender diversity, diversity that is brought by indigenous societies to settler-colonial societies, diversity caused by immigration, and diversity caused when a state comprises a number of different ethnic, religious, or national communities.It also focuses on democracy, asking questions about the appropriate political institutions and policies needed for governing diverse societies, how such institutions and policies are to be evaluated normatively, and the special case of states that are undergoing significant transitions, from civil war to peace and from authoritarianism to democracy (or the reverse, as in the cases of ‘illiberal democracies’).
The Centre counts among its members two recipients of the Order of Canada, three fellows of the Royal Society, two Trudeau Fellows, and two Killam Prize winners. The CSDD supports international teaching and learning opportunities for its Fellows & Emerging Scholars, and invites international post-doctoral fellows to study from around the globe. The Centre actively supports the research of graduate students whose work falls within its mandates, through the facilitation of conferences, workshops, and lectures at which graduate students may present their work, and contributions to the curriculum and funding of international summer schools.
At the discretion of the Director, contributions to this fund will be dispersed to support the priorities of the Centre, including operations, research, conferences, fellowships, scholarships, awards and bursaries.