Events are invaluable to moving global health forward. They are opportunities to exchange insight, test out new ideas, and make connections.

All Dahdaleh Institute events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.


Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change @ Arts & Letters Club

Join the Dahdaleh Institute and Postdoc Mark Terry to celebrate the release of his new book, The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change.

Based on his PhD thesis, the book introduces the Geo-Doc as a new form of documentary film designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change.


Mark Terry is the Postdoctoral Fellow, Documentary Film & Global Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, cross-appointed at the Faculties of Health and Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has worked throughout the global Arctic serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Iceland (2018), making the first documented film of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and teaching at Arctic universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He has also worked in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine documenting this research in the film The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009).

As a member of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.


This book introduces a new form of documentary film: the Geo-Doc, designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change. By combining the proven methods and approaches as evidenced through historical, theoretical, digital, and ecocritical investigations with the unique affordances of Geographic Information System technology, a dynamic new documentary form emerges, one tested in the field with the United Nations. This book begins with an overview of the history of the documentary film with attention given to how it evolved as an instrument of social change. It examines theories surrounding mobilizing the documentary film as a communication tool between filmmakers and policymakers. Ecocinema and its semiotic storytelling techniques are also explored for their unique approaches in audience engagement. The proven methods identified throughout the book are combined with the spatial and temporal affordances provided by GIS technology to create the Geo-Doc, a new tool for the activist documentarian.


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The Business of Good Intentions: Reframing the Global Health Volunteering Debate
Mar 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Business of Good Intentions: Reframing the Global Health Volunteering Debate @ York Lanes, Rm 305, YorkU Keele Campus

Co-presented with The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas

Since the mid-2000s, “voluntourism,” or short-term student volunteering abroad, has emerged as an international travel trend, and simultaneously as the subject of heated popular and academic debate. Among aspiring health professionals, student placements in health facilities in the so-called global South are particularly attractive.

In popular and academic debates on hospital voluntourism, one side lauds the perceived positive impact of international volunteers on hosting institutions; the other highlights ethical conundrums and possible harms, some going so far as to depict student volunteers as neocolonial narcissists benefitting more from the experience than hosting communities do.

Drawing on online research and in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in Tanzania since 2008, this talk leaves behind polarizing narratives of heroes and villains and instead focuses on the systematic drivers and wider implications of voluntourism to consider how history and economics collude in the for-profit voluntourism industry to seemingly render moral the familiar yet unmarked racialized tropes informing imaginaries of doing good elsewhere.


Noelle Sullivan, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She grew up just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she received a B.A. with Distinction in Anthropology and History. She completed an MA in African and African American Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY (2002), and then an MA (2006) and PhD (2011) in Anthropology from the University of Florida, with a certificate in African Studies.

Dr. Sullivan is a Board Member for the charity Worldview Education and Care. In 2016-2017, she was a Fellow with The Op-Ed Project, which aims to diversify the voices and issues depicted in the media. She is currently a Faculty Fellow with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University, where she is completing her book on international volunteering in health care settings in Tanzania.


Maggie MacDonald, PhD is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Anthropology, York University. She is a medical anthropologist with research and teaching expertise in women's reproductive health. Dr. MacDonald has conducted long term ethnographic research with global health NGOs and advocates, maternal health NGOs in Senegal, and amongst midwives and their clients in Canada.

Humanitarianism in the Anthropocene: Exploring Operational & Advocacy Frameworks to Improve Planetary Health
Apr 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Humanitarianism in the Anthropocene: Exploring Operational & Advocacy Frameworks to Improve Planetary Health @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Humans are profoundly altering ecosystems which in turn negatively impacts human health and alters the nature of humanitarian emergencies. Consequences include changes in exposure to heat stress, air pollution, infectious disease, extreme weather and natural hazards, as well as increased water scarcity, food insecurity, and population displacement. Recent projections indicate that without urgent significant reduction of carbon emissions, climate change could double the demand for humanitarian assistance in the context of significant existing unmet needs. The health co-benefits — the positive effects on human health — of action to reduce climate-altering pollutants are also well documented.

Global health advocates, and increasingly humanitarians, are calling for urgent action, yet there is little clarity on what that action specifically and practically entails. As a transversal threat, climate change requires humanitarians to redesign current operations and adapt with a resilience approach.

This presentation will share a chronology of game-changing global health moments, case studies, policies, and frameworks. It proposes the first draft of an operational framework and advocacy guidance for climate-resilient humanitarian health organizations and related global health actors.


Carol Devine is Community Scholar at Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University and Humanitarian Affairs Advisor with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada. She co-leads a project on climate, environment and health for MSF and has contributed to the 2019 and 2018 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change from a humanitarian perspective. Carol has worked with MSF in Rwanda, East Timor, Peru and South Sudan as humanitarian advisor and was the Canadian liaison for MSF’s Access to Essential Medicines Campaign. She has advocated for access to medicines and for respect for humanitarian principles and law before the Canadian Parliament and the World Trade Organization and has been a speaker at TEDxMontrealWomen, the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and at the American Geophysical Union Conference in 2018 on plastic pollution, climate change and health.


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Trainee Symposium: Summer 2020
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Trainee Symposium: Summer 2020

Over Summer 2020, four Trainees worked with Dahdaleh Institute researchers to take on significant projects in global health research. Despite the new challenges of COVID-19 on working remotely, these four accomplished a great deal.

Note: this is a closed event for Dahdaleh Institute members and invited guests only.


Eunice Choi, Research Assistant, Planetary Health
Ryan Austin Jeevanayagam, Research Assistant, Planetary Health
Kanishk Singh, Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering
Jenane Jeyaseelan, Research Assistant, Global Health Foresighting

Canada, Covid, the climate and the economy: Dr. James Orbinski and Elizabeth May in Discussion
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Canada, Covid, the climate and the economy: Dr. James Orbinski and Elizabeth May in Discussion @ Zoom

The seventh in Dr. Courtney Howard's Changemaking School series features Dr. James Orbinski and Elizabeth May discussing Canada, Covid, the climate and the economy.

The Recovery Summit
Sep 14 – Sep 17 all-day
The Recovery Summit @ Online

The Recovery Summit is our opportunity to build bold policy responses to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lead us towards a progressive recovery. The Summit will tackle five themes in the context of recovery:

Global Public Health | Co-Chair: James Orbinski, Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research
Better invest and innovate healthcare infrastructure, research and education to increase preparedness for future public health crises and save lives.

Sustainability | Co-Chair: Frans Timmermans, First VP of the European Commission
Create a truly sustainable recovery by embracing the unique opportunity of the green economy and combating climate change.

Inclusive Society | Co-Chair: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Strengthen our social fabric by addressing systemic inequalities and building a society that sustains and includes everyone.

Democracy and Institutions | Co-Chair: Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of Denmark
Protect democracy and strengthen our institutions by promoting multilateral cooperation, safeguarding democratic norms and practices, and confronting populism and misinformation in the digital age.

Shared Prosperity | Co-Chair: Anne McLellan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Protect democracy and strengthen our institutions by promoting multilateral cooperation, safeguarding democratic norms and practices, and confronting populism and misinformation in the digital age.

For more information and to register, please visit

The Recovery Summit is hosted by The Recovery Project, a network of think tanks and research institutes designed to start the conversation about post-pandemic recovery. The initiative was founded by Global Progress, Canada 2020 and the Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy at the University of Ottawa.

Vaccination, Immunity Passports: Equity and Public Safety in COVID Times
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Vaccination, Immunity Passports: Equity and Public Safety in COVID Times @ Online

If a COVID-19 vaccine arrives, should it be mandatory? Should we provide citizens who have immunity with "immunity passports” to allow them greater liberties? How would this benefit public health? Would it promote inequity?

This event is presented by the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics (CHLPE).

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Kumanan Wilson – Physician (Internal Medicine), Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Vardit Ravitsky – Professor, Dept. Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal

Vanessa Gruben, Associate Professor and Member of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa | Moderator

Decolonizing Global Health Research I: Dr. Deborah McGregor
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Decolonizing Global Health Research I: Dr. Deborah McGregor @ Zoom -- Room details will be sent to registrants

The series of conversations on Decolonizing Global Health Research seek to engage fundamental questions: What does decolonisation mean? Can scientific public health and humanitarian research be decolonised? If so, how? What are the ethical challenges of decolonized research methods? How can we design and develop research methods that meaningfully engage with marginalized communities? How can people’s deeply personal and generational experiences with structural racism and intersectional violence sensibly be translated into practical responses and policies?

These questions stem from our commitment to acknowledge personal and collective biases and positionalities in relation to global health and humanitarianism. We see these conversation as a fundamental step to foster the elaboration of methodologies, collaborations and actions that center decolonial and intersectional lenses.


Professor Deborah McGregor joined York University’s Osgoode Hall law faculty in 2015 as a cross-appointee with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Professor McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability.


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Series Background

Following the widespread protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we as affiliates at York University Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research drafted and signed a statement that reflects the ways structural racism and violence intersect with our areas of work. In the statement we committed to work towards decolonising global health and addressing racial inequality in and through the research that we conduct at the institute.

In the statement we rejected passive and harmful government policies that exclude peoples and communities from healthy environments, from accessing and benefiting from public health responses, and from seeking protection across international borders. We committed to continue to listen to, work with, and amplify the perspectives of racialized and marginalised communities in Canada and beyond. The latter implicates engaging with communities and partners in non-hierarchical ways to honour perspectives and interests, as well as rethinking, learning, and critically examining what decolonised approaches to global health research.


Maissaa Almustafa, Research Fellow, Global Health & Wellness of Refugees & Migrants
Linn Biorklun Belliveau, Research Fellow, Health, Migration, and Climate Change
James Stinson, Research Fellow, Planetary Health & Education

Evaluating the Governance of Emergent Pandemic Zoonoses: A Systems and Legal Analysis
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Although mitigating the current pandemic is critically important, a governance response is needed to prevent future pandemics. We need actionable evidence that focuses on the regulation of wildlife trade from which SARS and SARS-Cov2 are believed to have emerged. Specifically understanding the social, legal and cultural dynamics that affect the regulation of wildlife markets in countries where zoonotic epidemics (Ebola) and pandemics (SARs, and SAR CoV-2) emerged, including China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Philippines.

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the governance gap in stewardship of international wildlife trade supply chains given their implications for food and health security by analyzing the intersection of global biodiversity, environmental, agricultural and public health governance systems. Specifically, to answer the following questions:

How can the global health, biodiversity, trade and environmental governance systems be better coordinated to break the causal link between zoonotic diseases and wildlife trade?

How might changes in the local food and wildlife systems interact with governance systems to impact on livelihoods, cultural practices and food security?

What are the policy design solutions needed to implement the emergent evidence from the institutional, legal and systems analysis?

A solutions-oriented research approach will use multiple methods and disciplinary lenses to culminate in an integrative policy design and implementation approach. We will answer the RQs by focusing our research on a range of international governance secretariats and within three case study countries, namely: China, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Within each participating country an institutional and legal epidemiologic analysis will provide policy surveillance and mapping of international and national policy. A systems analysis will be used to identify local contextual interdependencies among laws, regulations, and their implications for the behaviour of social and political actors and communities supplemented by in-depth qualitative case studies. The legal epidemiologic analysis will identify which international and national policy recommendations recommended by the Berlin Principles (as well as existing international law, such Convention on Biological Diversity) have been enacted and track subsequent One Health indicators of relevance.

The empirical evidence generated will be integrated into a report and set of policy recommendations that will be utilized in a process to inform the development of a policy design and implementation toolkit for international organizations, national and local stakeholders who will be engaged throughout the research process.

Please note: this is a closed event


Mary E Wiktorowicz, Member of Faculty, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research
Tarra Penney, Member of Faculty, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

2020 York University Gairdner Lecture | External Event
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
2020 York University Gairdner Lecture | External Event @ Online - register for details

Annual York Gairdner Lecture. Talks plus Q&A with two 2020 Canada Gairdner International Laureates, Dr. Rolf Kemler and Dr. Salim Abdool Karim.

The Canada Gairdner Awards recognize the world’s most creative and accomplished biomedical and health scientists who are advancing humanity and the world.


Preventing HIV in Young Women in Africa: A Public Health Imperative

Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim
2020 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate
Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA, Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York and Professor in Public Health at the Nelson Mandela Medical School and Pro Vice-Chancellor (African Health) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Cadherins in Mouse Development

Dr. Rolf Kemler
2020 Canada Gairdner International Laureate
Emeritus Member and Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germa


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Dutch Design Week 2020: Virtual Expert Program on Health and Circular Design Challenges
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day
Dutch Design Week 2020: Virtual Expert Program on Health and Circular Design Challenges @ Virtual, The Netherlands, Toronto, Vancouver

Netta Kornberg, Knowledge Dissemination Strategist at the Dahdaleh Institute, will participate in the Virtual Expert Program on Health and Circular Design Challenges at Dutch Design Week 2020 (DDW2020).

During DDW2020, the Dutch Design Foundation and will host two sessions bringing together thought leaders from Canada and the Netherlands in Health and the Circular Economy. These sessions are intended to create a solid foundation for future collaboration and knowledge exchange between these two countries. Netta will give a lightning presentation and participate in discussions, peer2peer sessions, and networking.

The Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated the urgency of major social challenges, such as climate change, inequality and poverty. It has compelled us to find ways to relate differently towards each other, the world around us, our health, our data and our government. Our scope has become smaller and more intimate, while the connection with others is further removed than ever before.

The search for a new equilibrium has commenced. A balance in which important values such as intimacy and affection are not to be lost. A challenge that requires knowledge, imaginative power and inventiveness from designers. Deploying optimism and creativity, they come up with new concepts that inspire, conceive wonderment and incite action. Designers show us how we can relate to each other and the world in this new reality. An extensive online program will feature exhibits of high quality future forward design, live streams, video content, DDW talks, virtual parties and more.

Bruce Mau: Design principles for critical problem-solving in global health
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are the latest in a series of global crises that both illuminate and exacerbate inequity. We need new ways to approach global health in the 21st century, but how?

On October 20, Bruce Mau will explore critical problem-solving as a way to address global health challenges, with a focus on equity, effectiveness, and excellence. Guided by Mau’s 24 Principles for Designing Massive Change, we will discover how design can help us to both understand and act in the world.

In conversation with James Orbinski, Sarah Bay-Cheng, and Irene Chong.

Bruce Mau event


Bruce Mau

Founder, Bruce Mau Studio

Bruce Mau is a brilliantly creative optimist whose love of thorny problems led him to create a methodology for whole-system transformation. Across 30 years of design innovation, he’s collaborated with leading organizations, heads of state, renowned artists and fellow optimists. A serial entrepreneur since the age of 9, he became an international figure with the publication of his landmark S,M,L,XL , designed and co-authored with Rem Koolhaas. He is the author of Massive Change and MC24, and co-founder and CEO of Bruce Mau Studio and Massive Change Network, holistic design collectives based in Chicago. He is also the Chief Design Officer for Freeman, the pioneers in live brand experience.

James Orbinski

Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Prior to joining the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research as inaugural Director, Dr. James Orbinski provided medical humanitarian relief in situations of war, famine, epidemic disease, and genocide with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Dr. Orbinski was elected International President of MSF from 1998-2001, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF in 1999, and co-chaired the founding of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative in 2004. He co-founded Dignitas International, is a Board Member of Grand Challenges Canada, and has been a member of several bodies committed to improving health equity both in Canada and around the world. For this and other work, Dr. Orbinski was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and awarded the Meritorious Service Cross.

An avid canoeist, James lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife and their three children.

Sarah Bay-Cheng

Dean, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University

Sarah Bay-Cheng is the Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto, Canada. She was formerly Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Utrecht University in 2015. Bay-Cheng’s research focuses on the intersections among theater, performance, and media including histories of cinema, social media, and digital technologies in performance.

Irene Chong

Professor, School of Creative Arts & Animation, Seneca College + Independent Design Strategist

A Design Strategist and educator, Irene’s interests lie at the intersect of design, innovation, business, and social impact. She has lived around the world and worked across the public and private sector, including at New Zealand’s Inland Revenue, Design Exchange, Gluckstein Design, McDonald’s, Li & Fung, Steelcase, Adaptive Path, CEDIM University, Seneca College, Deloitte, and Fjord (Accenture). Irene is an amateur gardener and sailing enthusiast.

SWOT at UNC Water + Health Conference 2020
Oct 29 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
SWOT at UNC Water + Health Conference 2020 @ Virtual

The 2020 Water and Health: Science, Policy and Practice conference, presented by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will feature a session about the Safe Water Optimization Tool.

Syed Imran Ali, Dahdaleh Institute Research Fellow, will present Safe Water Optimization Tool: Water Quality Data Analytics for Ensuring Household Water Safety in Refugee Camps and Other Humanitarian Settings under the theme Monitoring + Evaluation.

Since its founding in 2009, the goal of the Water Institute at UNC has been to inform the way the world works on water, sanitation and hygiene issues by generating the evidence that drives improvements in both practice and policy. Through this period, the Water Institute has remained steadfast in its commitment to improving public health by achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services that are safe, affordable and sustainable – particularly for the most marginalized. The annual UNC Water and Health Conference is intended to advance these goals by creating a space where policymakers, practitioners and researchers can gather to review the evidence, interrogate the science and improve old and develop new approaches to expanding WaSH access.

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Michael De Santi at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting
Nov 19 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 4:45 pm
Michael De Santi at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting @ Virtual

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting draws tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, foundations, government, not for profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, military and private practice. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all healthcare providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health.

The Annual Meeting is a five-day educational conference that includes four pre-meeting courses and draws approximately 4,900 attendees.

Michael De Santi will present at Scientific Session 162: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Health (WaSH-E): Water Access, Quality and Treatment. The session will be held 19 November 2020, 3:00 - 4:45pm U.S. Eastern Time Zone. His presentation is titled Keeping water safe in humanitarian crises: An exploratory study on factors influencing chlorine decay in refugee camps in South Sudan, Jordan, and Rwanda.

Michael De Santi is a graduate student co-supervised by Dahdaleh Institute Fellow Syed Imran Ali and is part of the Safe Water Optimization Tool team.

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Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization: Reimagining Approaches in Higher Education in an Era of Global Uncertainties
Jan 20 – Jan 22 all-day
Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization: Reimagining Approaches in Higher Education in an Era of Global Uncertainties @ Online

York University is hosting the Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization Virtual Conference, co-organized by York International, the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability and international partners, from 20-22 January 2021

The Conference will bring together scholars, international mobility professionals and practitioners, policy makers, sustainability experts and other stakeholders to discuss the evolving status of international mobility in higher education in Canada and globally, critically reflect on where we are now, and to collectively build a future vision of international mobility that is inclusive, innovative and responsive to the global sustainability challenges of our times.

We invite you to submit proposals on the following themes:

International mobility in practice: institutional, national, and regional responses.

What are successful examples for mobility programs for students and academics and what are potentially replicable aspects? How can such programs enhance the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What are policies and frameworks that foster a more sustainable approach to mobility and where are the current gaps? What are the drivers and barriers for students and academics in participating in and benefiting from international education? What has changed through COVID-19? What lessons can be learned from diverse international mobility models and experiences?

Greening student and scholar exchange: concrete ideas and practices

The international education community has been critiqued for its lack of recognition and action in relation to the environmental carbon footprint of its mobility programs. What are some current and/or future frameworks and practices that address this concern? How do exchange and internationalization activities align with the pursuit towards sustainability? What are the unspoken of (mental, emotional, and psychological) burdens that need to be addressed?

Leveraging technology and digital learning: can we experience “abroad online”?

What are the opportunities and limitations of the online experience? What are the implications in terms of quality, standards, and professional development? How can we create online experiences that further identification and connecting beyond one's own community?

Mobility programs beyond academics: global and community engagement

How can mobility programs contribute to the higher education institutions third mission, community service? Do we have a responsibility to bring back knowledge, innovative practices, and international contacts to our own and host communities? Is there a threshold between post-colonialization and global community service?

Inclusive student exchanges and experiences

To what extent is internationalization of higher education in sync with or in competition with calls for Indigeneity, anti-coloniality, anti-racism and anti- imperiality? Expanding the circle of participation, how do we ensure more inclusive exchange experiences for student groups who have been less represented in these international mobility programs such as, but not limited to, students with disability, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and mature students?

Assessment of intercultural development in mobility programs

Can we assess the short and long-term intercultural learning and development stemming from mobility programs? How do we design learning outcomes and assessment tools that are credible and fit within the mission and vision of the post-secondary education institutions?

Note: Conference proposals can be submitted as academic papers*; practitioners’ reports; think (envision) pieces; presentations and creative arts**.
*Select papers will be part of an edited conference publication on inclusive and sustainable internationalization.
**Poster presentations and representations of creative arts will be featured in the conference site and—where possible–in the conference publication.


  • Call for papers: 05 October 2020
  • Submission deadline: 15 November 2020
  • Proposals review: 15–29 November 2020
  • Acceptances communicated: 30 November 2020

Submit your proposal

To submit a proposal, go to


Any questions? Feel free to reach out to:

  • Helen Balderama, Associate Director, International Partnerships and Programs, York International, mailto: helencb(at)
  • Katrin Kohl, Executive Coordinator to the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability, mailto: kkohl(at)