John J. Kirton         

John J. Kirton is director of the G7 Research Group, and co-director of the G20 Research Group, the Global Health Diplomacy Program and the BRICS Research Group, all based at Trinity College at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at China's Renmin University. He is also the interim director of the International Relations Program at Trinity College. A professor of political science, he teaches Canadian foreign policy, global governance and international relations. 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 are 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 Ashgate, and editor of Ashgate's five-volume Library of Essays in Global Governance.

Kirton is co-editor of several publications dedicated to the G7, G8, G20 and BRICS and published by Newsdesk Media, including most recently, G20 Germany: The Hamburg Summit 2017 and G7 Italy: The Taormina Summit 2017.

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.


John Kirton

Munk School of Global Affairs
and Public Policy
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COURSES (2018/19)
POL 312: Canadian Foreign Policy
POL 456: The G8, The G20 and Global Governance