Ph.D. York, 1993
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 22038
Eduardo Canel (Ph.D., York, 1993) is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Science teaching in the International Development Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs.
His main academic interests include State-Civil Society Relations; Social Movements; Social Capital; Decentralization and Local Governance; Latin America. Professor Canel's research focuses on the changing nature of state-civil society relations in Latin America resulting from neoliberal restructuring, democratization, and recent development discourses advocated by international development agencies. He is currently completing a manuscript on the process of municipal decentralization in Montevideo city (Uruguay), examining how decentralization reforms promoted by municipal authorities relate with the specific contexts and associative cultures found at the local level.
Professor Canel is currently Acting Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC). He has been involved in the IDS program since it was started in 2001, 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 participated in two 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). 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 currently teaches the following courses:
AP/SOSC 1430/9 9.0 Introduction to International Development Studies
AP/SOSC 2460 6.0 Contemporary Latin America
AP/SOSC 4452 3.0 State and Civil Society in Latin America
GS/DVST 5111 3.0 Civil Society & State in Development Discourse &Practice
"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).