Disarmament Education Projects

Prepared for The Simons Foundation Canada by Paul Meyer, Adjunct Professor of International Studies and Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University and Alireza Mamdouhi, Ph.D. candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.
January 2024

The Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation (GRA) is an annual competition offered by The Simons Foundation Canada and the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of Global Affairs Canada. The primary objective of the Awards is to enhance Canadian graduate level scholarship on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) issues.

Parliament Hill
Ottawa, ON
November 20-21, 2023

The Liu Institute for Global Issues in the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs offers this annual award to UBC students intending to undertake research on topics related to nuclear disarmament and global security.  The award is funded by an endowment provided by The Simons Foundation Canada to advance the understanding of disarmament and arms control issues among UBC students.

In 2014, The Simons Foundation Canada combined endowments previously established to support the Simons Directorship in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, the Simons Professorship in Peace and Disarmament, and the Simons Professorship in Human Security to create the new Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at The University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. 

The Simons Papers in Security and Development are edited and published at the School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University. The papers serve to disseminate research work in progress by the School's faculty and associated and visiting scholars with the aim to encourage the exchange of ideas and academic debate.
In 2001, The Simons Foundation partnered with The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, to create the Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. The Simons Centre was an academically based research centre focused primarily on nuclear disarmament with a mission to achieve progress toward global nuclear disarmament through nuclear non-proliferation and arms control, supported by disarmament of other forms of mass violence and expansion of genuine human security under law-based global governance.  Since the restructuring of the Liu Institute for Global Issues in 2009, the activities of the Simons Centre have continued through the Liu Institute’s focus on security, sustainability and social justice.