(Ph.D., York, 1993)
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext.22038
Eduardo Canel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science teaching in the International Development Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs. He is also the Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).
Main academic interests: State-Civil Society Relations; Social Movements; Participatory Democracy; Social Capital; Decentralization and Local Governance; Latin America.
Professor Canel's current research focuses on the changing nature of state-civil society relations in Latin America resulting from neoliberal restructuring and democratization. His book Barrio Democracy in Latin America. Participatory Decentralization and Community Activism in Montevideo (Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2010) offers an ethnographic study of the experiences of participatory decentralization in three working class neighborhoods in Montevideo city. It examines the distinct manner in which participatory decentralization reforms promoted by city authorities were experienced in each comunity and explains these differences in reference to the history of each neighborhood and the socio-economic contexts and associative cultures found at the local level. The book highlights the importance of local factors in shaping participatory processes, and ultimately, in determining the success or failure of institutional reforms.
Professor Canel is a founding member of the IDS program, acting as IDS Coordinator in 2006-2007. He is Fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and was the Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program (LACS) between 1995-2001. He is a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS).
Prof. Canel participated in two CIDA funded institutional cooperation projects involving CERLAC and Latin American partner institutions in Chile and Nicaragua. He has also designed and delivered many "Intercultural Effectiveness" and "Pre-departure" workshops for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade). Professor Canel also worked in the field of television, assisting in the production of several CBC television documentaries on Central America and Cuba in the 1980s. He won a York University Teaching-Award in 1998 and received mention in the "Most Popular Professors List" in The Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities in 2000 and 2001. He was also named one of the "10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians" of 2009 by the Hispanic Business Association (HBA).
He currently teaches the following courses:
AS/SOSC 1430/9 9.0 Introduction to International Development Studies
GS/DEVST 5511 3.0 State and Civil Society in Development Discourse and Practice
Books and Edited Volumes
Barrio Democracy in Latin America. Participatory Decentralization and Community Activism in Montevideo. Penn State University Press (forthcoming 2010).
Rethinking Extractive Industries. Regulation, Dispossession and Emerging Claims. Co-edited with Marshall Beck, Uwafiuokun Idemudia, Liisa North, David Szablowski and Anna Zalik. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Ottawa: XXX (1-2), Special double issue, 2010. (357 pages)
“Introduction. Rethinking Extractive Industries. Regulation, Dispossession and Emerging Claims.” Co-edited with Uwafiuokun Idemudia and Liisa North. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Ottawa: XXX (1-2), Special double issue, (5-26).
“Securing Human Rights and Democracy: What Role for Civil Society?” in Cohesión Social y Derechos Humanos, Ana Lucía Córdova Cazar y Francisco López-Bermúdez (eds.), Quito: Corporación Editora Nacional, 2009.
"Uruguay's Tilt Left?" NACLA Report on the Americas, New York. Vol. 38, No.2, September/October 2004.
"Municipal Decentralization and Participatory Democracy: Building a New Mode of Urban Politics in Montevideo City?" European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Ámsterdam, October 2001 (25-46).
"Dos Modelos de Descentralizacion y Participacion en America Latina - Una Discusion Conceptual" in Mercados globales y gobernabilidad local: Retos para la descentralización en América Latina y el Caribe. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt and Haroldo Dilla (eds.). Caracas: Nueva Sociedad, 2001 (113-125).
"New Social Movement and Resource Mobilization: The Need for Integration." in Michael Kaufman and Haroldo Dilla (eds.) Community Power and Grassroots Democracy, London: Zed Books, 1997 (189-221)
"Democratization and the Decline of Urban Social Movements in Uruguay: A Political-lnstitutional Account." in Arturo Escobar and Sonia Alvarez (eds.) New Social Movements in Latin America: Identity, Strategy and Democracy. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992 (276-290).