McGill University’s Board of Governors formally created the Institute for the Study of International Development in December 2008, and it had already become a leader in cutting-edge research and teaching related to international development. With Philip Oxhorn as the Founding Director, ISID made its first joint hire in 2011, and by 2016 ISID reached a faculty complement of 4 jointly appointed faculty members. Such rapid success in part reflects McGill’s long history of commitment to promoting development studies, dating back to the creation of the Centre for Developing-Area Studies in 1963, under the leadership of Irving Brecher.

The Institute is also indebted to the following members of the Leadership Council (2011-2016), who have contributed meaningfully to developing and strengthening ISID’S networks among policy makers and practitioners.  We thank each and every one of them for their commitment and friendship to ISID. Their support played a crucial role in ISID’s early development: Marie-Hélène Adrien, Stephan Bognar, Christopher Braeuel, Brian Philips, Michael Brown, Laurent Charrette, Peter Croal, Jeff Cyr, Barry Daniel, Scott Delaney, Wayne Dunn, Joanne Freeze, Benj Gallander, Adam Graves, Michael Hektoen, Michael Izen, Vic Korajian, George Krivicky, Flora Liebich, Nick Lowery, Ian McGrath, Sal Muthayan, Syed Sajjadur Rahman, Liam Sobey, Eli Turk, Robert Wadden, Shujaat Wasty, Jim De Wilde, and Ross Worthington.

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