PhD Candidate Profile

Sondarjee, Maïka

Email Address

maika.sondarjee@mail.utoronto.ca

Supervisor(s)

Emanuel Adler

Sondarjee, Maïka

Dissertation:

How did the World Bank practices evolved from structural adjustment to poverty reduction? A cognitive trajectory framework

Biography

Maïka Sondarjee’s PhD dissertation analyzes the evolution of practices and knowledge at the World Bank, from the structural adjustment programs to the poverty reduction strategy papers. Her approach builds on three pillars: that the joint evolution of knowledge and practice is social; continuous; and happens through practical reflexivity.

Besides writing her thesis, Maïka is a consultant for Global Affairs Canada on the inclusion of women in trade and development governmental projects abroad. She regularly gives guest lectures on critical gender and feminist studies and participated in over a dozen international academic conferences. She also contributes to various medias on a range of topics, namely the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, participatory processes in development, Indian politics, as well as the policies of the IMF and the World Bank. Maïka holds a MA in political science from the Université de Montréal and a BA in journalism from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research is financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC-CRSH).

Publications

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES
(2014) “Towards a paradigm shift in international development? Discourse, norms, practices”, Queens Policy Review, 5(5): 1-29.

BOOK CHAPTERS
(Forthcoming) “Des Programmes d’Ajustement Structurels aux Documents de Stratégie pour la Réduction de la Pauvreté: Au-Delà du Changement Réthorique” chapter in Morf, Nicole, Ronfard, Bruno and Dominique Caouette, (eds.), Vers de nouveaux partenariats en coopération internationale: Analyse critique et approches émergentes. Presses de l’Université du Québec (PUQ)
(2014) “40 ans plus tard. Héritage sociologique de Salvador Allende”, in Del Pozo, Jose (ed), 40 ans plus tard, Allende, Maison CIDIHCA.***
(2014) “Éloquence des Journaux Étudiants : Fenêtre Historique sur la Presse Étudiante – 1945-1980”, in Martin, Claude (ed), 1945-1980 : L’édition en ébullition au Québec, Musée de l’Imprimerie du Québec, 41-60.***

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
(2017) “Crises alimentaires: pistes de solutions”, Huffington Post Québec.
(2017) “La sècheresse ne cause pas la famine”, Revue Relations.
(2017) “Envoyer des avions de nourriture en Somalie ne sauvera personne de la famine”, Le Devoir, March 27th. (republished on Mondialisation.ca)
(2016) “Banque mondiale : Décentraliser la protection, oui, mais à quell prix?” Le Devoir, August 16th.
(2016) “Le Consensus de Washington, de “mea culpa” en “mea culpa” Le Devoir, June 22nd. (republished on vigile.quebec)
(2014)”Le vendeur de thé qui a changé la face des élections indiennes”, L’Asie en 1000 mots. Bulletin d’analyse sur l’Asie. Academic blog.
(2013) Monière, Denis and Florian Sauvageau, “La télévision de Radio-Canada et l’évolution de la conscience politique au Québec”, Canadian Journal of Political Science (RCSP/CJPS), 46(3): 732-733. *peer-reviewed
(2013) “Développement inclusif: changement de paradigme ou annexe au néolibéralisme?”, Revue Possibles, 36(4): 59-77

Research Interests

Development practices and policies; Canadian development policies; International organizations (World Bank, IMF, United Nations); Gender issues in development and in academia; Pedagogy tools; Social Theory (Pragmatism, Giddens, Bourdieu).

Previous Degrees

MSc. (cum laude) Political Science, Université de Montréal, 2014
B.A. Communications/Journalism, UQAM, 2011
Methodology Short Program, Linking Theory and Empirical Methods, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) and Berlin Social Science Center, 2015
Summer School, Understanding Global Governance, University of Geneva, 2013

Teaching Experience

Recipient of TATP TA Teaching Excellence Award (Best TA, university wide)

Guest lectures
Les approaches de genre(s) en RI, POL1600, UdeM (50 students)
Gender studies in IR, POL208, UofT (200 students)
Gender studies in IR, POL208, UofT (350 students)
Ethnic Conflicts, PCJ260, UofT (50 students)

Teacher Assistant
UofT: Politics of Global Governance; Introduction to IR (Head TA); Intro to Peace, Conflict and Justice. UdeM: North-South Relations; Peace Studies.