John J. Kirton         

John J. Kirton is director of the G7 Research Group, G20 Research Group and the Global Health Diplomacy Program, and co-director of the BRICS Research Group, all under the umbrella of the Global Governance Program based at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. A professor emeritus of political science, he has taught Canadian foreign policy, global governance and international relations. He was a visiting professor at the School for International Relations and Public Affairs at the Shanghai International Studies University and a distinguished fellow of the Guangdong Institute for International Strategies at Guangdong University for Foreign Studies, as well as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at China's Renmin University. During his sabbatical year from 2012 to 2013, he served as a visiting fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and a visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. He has advised the Canadian and Russian governments, the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on G7/8 and G20 participation and summitry, international trade and sustainable development, and has written widely on G7/8 and G20 summitry.

Kirton's most recent publications include Reconfiguring the Global Governance of Climate Change, co-authored with Ella Kokotsis and Brittaney Warren (Routledge, 2022), Accountability for Effectiveness in Global Governance co-edited with Marina Larionova (Routledge, 2018), China's G20 Leadership (Routledge, 2016), The Global Governance of Climate Change: G7, G20 and UN Leadership, co-authored with Ella Kokotsis (Ashgate, 2015), and The G8-G20 Relationship in Global Governance, co-edited with Marina Larionova (Ashgate, 2015). He is also the author of G20 Governance for a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2013), Canadian Foreign Policy in a Changing World (Thomson Nelson, 2007), Environmental Standards and Corporate Strategy: A NAFTA Perspective (with Alan Rugman and Julie Soloway, Oxford University Press, 1999) and Canada as a Principal Power: A Study in Foreign Policy and International Relations (with David Dewitt, Wiley, 1983). Edited volumes also include Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa: Disease, Govenance, Climate Change, with Andrew F. Cooper, Franklyn Lisk and Hany Besada (Ashgate, 2014). Among other publications are Securing the Global Economy: G8 Global Governance for a Post-Crisis World (co-edited with Andreas Freytag, Razeen Sally and Paolo Savona, Ashgate, 2011), Borders and Bridges: Canada's Policy Relations in North America (edited by Monica Gattinger and Geoffrey Hale, Oxford University Press, 2010), Making Global Economic Governance Effective: Hard and Soft Law Institutions in a Crowded World (co-edited with Marina Larionova and Paolo Savona, Ashgate, 2010), Innovation in Global Health Governance: Critical Cases (co-edited with Andrew F. Cooper, Ashgate, 2009). He is also co-editor of the Global Governance series and the Global Environmental Governance series published by Routledge, and editor of Ashgate's five-volume Library of Essays in Global Governance.

Kirton is co-editor of several publications dedicated to the G7, G20 and BRICS and published by GT Media Media, including most recently, G20 India: The 2023 New Delhi Summit and G7 Japan: The 2023 Hiroshima Summit. He is also co-editor, with Ilona Kickbusch, of a series of publications on global health, most recently, with Catherine Chamberlain, Health: A Political Choice – Advancing Indigenous Rights and Well-Being.

Kirton holds a PhD in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, an MA in international affairs from Carleton University and a BA in political science from the University of Toronto.


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COURSES (2020/21)
POL 312: Canadian Foreign Policy Performance
POL 313: Canadian Foreign Policy Performance Process
POL 456: Global Summit Governance and Diplomacy
POL 458: Global Summit Policy Performance