Citizen of the world

UQAM is committed to improve the understanding of living conditions in developing countries and is actively engaged in research and various teaching activities related to the South development. UQAM partners with international organizations such as the Canadian International Develoment Agency (CIDA), the International Development Reserach Centre (IDRC) and the Agence universitaire francophone (AUF).

Latin America

In Haiti, professors Paul Bodson and Jean Goulet from the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism, as well as Paul-Martel Roy, from the Economics Department, are working on the Precarious Neighbourhoods and Sustainable Development project. This project has received a major grant from CIDA totalling $1 million over six years. It will enable the establishment of training programs and support structures for local human resources in neighbourhood organization and development.

South America

In Bolivia, Professor Lucie Sauvé of the Education and Pedagogy Department, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education, has started a project on Community Eco-development and Environmental Health. Financed by CIDA, this project will strengthen the expertise of three universities in the Bolivian Amazon in respect to training, research and community services fostering community eco-development and environmental health.

In Brazil, Marc Lucotte, professor in the department of atmospheric and earth sciences, within the Faculty of Sciences, is implementing the project Poor land use and poor health: Primary prevention of ill human health through sound land use for small-scale farmers of the humid tropics (PLUPH). Funded by IDRC, the five-year project started in 2007 and aims at developing and strengthening local capacity to apply research results and at alleviating two of the major problems affecting the small rural communities of the Amazon.


In Kenya, professors Matthieu Chemin, Joost de Laat and Stéphane J. Pallage of the Economics Department have a grant from the Canadian International Development Research Centre and Trust Africa to study the construction of hydraulic mini-turbines financed, built, run and owned by the rural community of Kiangurwe, located on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

In Senegal, Philippe Jonnaert, professor in the department of Mathematics, and director of the UNESCO Chair on Curriculum  Development, has developed an innovative didactic approach for teaching and learning in the classroom. A documentary, filmed in Senegal and available on UQAM.TV (  ) demonstrates a successful experimentation of this new approach, using information and communication technology in education.

In Africa, Bonnie campbell, professor in the department of political science and director of the C.-A. Poissant Chair of Research on Governance and on Aid to Development, and director of the Research Group on Mining Activities in Africa (GRAMA), published a book on « Mining in Africa, Regulation and Development » (  ) with funding from the IDRC.

North-South relationships

Lucie Sauvé, professor in the department of education and pedagogy, and director of the Canada Chair on education related to environement, has produced a series of documents to be used in primary schools and to help students understanding the reality of children in developing countries. Funded by the Candian International Developmetn Agency, the documents aim at encouraging young Canadians to reflect on the impact of their lifestyle and of our society’s ever growing needs in energy on the lives of children living in the South. (; )