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Nancy Thede

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Université du Québec, Montréal (Canada)


Nancy Thede holds a PhD in anthropology from l'Université de Montréal. She is professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 2004. She is Nycole Turmel Chair on Public Spheres and Political Innovation since 2009 (www.turmel.uqam.ca), a research centre focusing on the role of social movements in the political transformations underway in Latin America.
Prior to her academic career, Nancy Thede worked as a researcher and consultant in the field of international development cooperation and undertook field research in various countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. She was coordinator of the democratic development programme at Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) from 1993 to 2003. Her recent publications concern local democratisation, decentralisation and human rights, security and development and Canadian aid policy for development and democratisation.

Background and education

  • (1971) BA (Honours) Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • (1978) MSc anthropologie, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • (1998) PhD anthropologie, Université de Montréal, Canada


Selected publications

  • Thede, Nancy.2011.“International Relations and the Inter-American System of Human Rights Promotion and Protection. Strategic exploitation of windows of opportunity”, Quebec Journal of International Law (in press).
  • Thede, Nancy.2011.'Democratic agency in the local political sphere. Reflections on inclusion in Bolivia', Democratization, 18: 1, 211 — 235.
  • Thede, Nancy.2009.«Decentralization, Democracy and Human Rights: a human-rights based analysis of the impact of local democratic reforms on development”, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 10:1: March: 103-123..
  • Thede, Nancy.2008.“Human Security, Democracy and Development in the Americas: The Washington Consensus Redux?”, Revue canadienne d’études latino-américaines et caraïbes Vol 33 (2008), No. 65: 33-56..
  • Thede, Nancy.2006.“Derechos humanos, nuevas democracias y rendicion de cuentas: logros y desafios”, pp. 23-42 in E. Insunza y A. Olvera (dir.) Democratizaciòn, Rendicion de cuentas y sociedad civil (México: CIESAS-Universidad Veracruzana-Miguel Ángel Porrúa)..
  • Thede, Nancy.2005.“Human Rights and Democracy: Issues for Canadian Policy in Democracy Promotion”, IRPP Policy Matters 6: 3 (May): 7-39, (Montréal: Institute for Research on Public Policy).Link
  • Thede, Nancy.2005.Local Government and Human Rights: Doing Good Service, Geneva: International Council on Human Rights Policy..Link
  • Thede, Nancy.2003.“Un Elogio al Indicador Imperfecto”, pp. 159-169 in A. Asatashvili et al., Seminario Internacional sobre Indicadores y Diagnostico en Materia de Derechos Humanos: El caso de la tortura en México (Mexico: Comision Nacional de Derechos Humanos).
  • Thede, Nancy.2001.“ Human Rights and Statistics: Some Reflections on the No-Man’s-Land Between Concept and Indicator ”, Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 18: No. 2-3: pp. 259-274..
  • Thede, Nancy.2000.Gitans et flamenco. Les rythmes de l’identité, Paris: L’Harmattan.