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About Reza Hasmath

Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Full Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. He has previously held faculty positions in management, sociology and political science at the Universities of Toronto, Melbourne and Oxford, and has worked for think-tanks, consultancies, development agencies, and NGOs in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and China. He was formally trained in philosophy, public policy, international studies and diplomacy, and social and political sciences, as well as in various East Asian and European languages.

His award-winning research is supported by several multi-year grant schemes, notably from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and can be summarized in fivefold: (1) examining the life course experiences (e.g. from education to the labour market), and public management, of ethnic minorities in global contexts; (2) analyzing state-society relationships in China, and how the activities of emerging state and non-state actors potentially affect salient theories, practices and assumptions in international development and global affairs; (3) assessing the evolving behaviour of policy actors and citizens, and their subsequent impact on advanced authoritarian regimes; (4) evaluating global social and economic sustainability, and the development of environmental, social and corporate governance principles and practices; and, (5) probing into the essentialist qualities of the self, community and state through their performative interplay in the public domain.

Research Interests

Authoritarian regimes, Civic participation, philanthropy and volunteerism, Contemporary China (politics, economics and sociology), Environmental, social and corporate governance, Ethics (individual, community and state), Ethnic minorities in global contexts (life course experiences and integration models), Immigration and migration, Institutional diversity (corporate and non-profit), International development theory and practice, NGO governance and management, Norms in international affairs, Organizational behaviour, Political philosophy, Political sociology, Public policy formation and innovation, Social and welfare policy, Social theory (classical and contemporary), The state's role in the economy, and Work and the labour market

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Books (8)

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Journal Articles (97)