PhD Candidate Profile

Gagne, Marie

Email Address

marie.gagne@utoronto.ca

Major

Comparative Politics

Minor

Development Studies

Supervisor(s)

Judith Teichman

Gagne, Marie

Dissertation:

Land as a Locus of Power and Conflict in Senegal: A comparison of two large-scale biofuel projects in the regions of Tambacounda and Saint-Louis

Biography

Marie Gagné specializes in comparative politics and development studies. Her dissertation examines how domestic power relations and competition over the authority to manage land influence the implementation of large-scale land acquisitions in Senegal. 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), and the International Development Research Center (IDRC). Marie is a research affiliate at Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) in Dakar while conducting fieldwork in Senegal. 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 PhD, Marie earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in sociology from Laval University in Quebec City.

Publications

Gagné, Marie, « Analyse critique des écrits sur le mouvement mondial d’acquisitions de terres à grande échelle », in Dynamiques des guerres civiles en Afrique, Arsène Brice Bado (ed.), L’Harmattan, 2015.

Gagné, Marie, Ginette Carré et Mor Fall, Le mouvement coopératif au Sénégal. Comprendre les enjeux de son développement, Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI), 2008.

Research Interests

Large-scale land acquisitions; natural resources management; political violence; international development; African politics