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Expert(s) for : Development studies
Marie Gagné is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, specializing in comparative politics and development studies. Her dissertation examines domestic factors that influence how large-scale land acquisitions unfold in Senegal with a focus on the role of local elites. Her other research interests include determinants of political violence, consequences of natural resource extraction, and rights of indigenous peoples. Her doctoral work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program, and the International Development Research Center (IDRC). Marie is a research affiliate at Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) in Dakar. She has previously carried out a comprehensive study on the cooperative movement in Senegal financed by the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). This experience was fundamental in stimulating her interest in African politics and questions of development. Prior to her stay in Senegal, Marie earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from Laval University in Quebec City.