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About the G20 Research Group

The G20 Research Group is a global network of scholars, students and professionals in the academic, research, business, non-governmental and other communities who follow the work of the G20 leaders, finance ministers and central bank governors, and other G20 institutions. It is directed from Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, also the home of the G8 Research Group.

Our mission is to serve as the world's leading independent source of information and analysis on the G20. As scholars, we accurately describe, explain and interpret what the G20 and its members do. As teachers and public educators, we present to the global community and G20 governments the results of our research and information about the G20. As citizens, we foster transparency and accountability in G20 governance, including assessments of G20 members' compliance with their summit commitments and the connection between civil society and G20 governors. And as professionals, we offer policy advice about G20 governance, but do not engage in advocacy for or about the G20 or the issues it might address.

The G20 Research Group hosts the G20 Information Centre, a comprehensive permanent collection of information and analysis available online at no charge. It complements the G8 Information Centre, which houses publicly available archives on the G20 as well as the G7 and G8, and the BRICS Information Centre.

The G20 Research Group also hosts a speakers series in its efforts to educate scholars and the public about the issues and agenda of the G20. Past speakers have included senior officials of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and scholars from Columbia University and elsewhere.

For each G20 summit and other related meetings, when possible, the G20 Research Group sends a field team to assist the world's media on site and collect the documentation uniquely available there.

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Who We Are

Sophie Barnett Sophie Barnett, [email] is co-chair, with Hèléne Emorine, of the executive of summit studies for the G20 Research Group for the 2018 summit in Argentina and a researcher for the G7 Research Group. She has been involved with the group since her first year of undergraduate studies in international relations at the University of Toronto, and is now entering her final year. She has previously served as a compliance analyst, lead analyst and compliance director, overseeing the G20 Research Group's compliance research on issues in migration, as well as an analyst with the G7 Research Group. Sophie was also previously the Director of Communications, where she initiated new opportunities for students to discuss G20 governance with key stakeholders, including the ambassador of the European Union to Canada. Sophie attended the 2017 G7 and G20 summits in Taormina, Italy, and Hamburg, Germany, respectively.

Hèléne Emorine (to come) Hèléne Emorine, [email] is co-chair, with Sophie Barnett, of the executive of summit studies for the G20 Research Group for the 2018 summit in Argentina and a researcher for the G7 Research Group. She is pursuing a specialist degree in international relations and a minor in European Union studies at the University of Toronto. She has been involved with the G20 Research Group since her first year of studies and has served as a compliance analyst, lead analyst and compliance director. Her research focuses on cooperation between states and non-state actors through international and plurilateral institutions on counter-terrorism, climate change, tax administration, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Fully bilingual, Hèléne has been interviewed in English and French by Radio-Canada, France 24, CBC and Xinxua News, among others, as an expert on the G20 and the G7.

John J. Kirton John J. Kirton [email] is co-director and founder of the G20 Research Group and the BRICS Research Group, director of the G7 and G8 Research Group, and co-director of the Global Health Diplomacy Program, all based at Trinity College at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He is also a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at China's Renmin University. A professor of political science, he teaches global governance and international relations and Canadian foreign policy. 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 is the author of many chapters and articles on the G7, G8 and G20. His most recent books include China's G20 Leadership (Routledge, 2016), G20 Governance for a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2012) and (with Ella Kokotsis), The Global Governance of Climate Change: G7, G20 and UN Leadership (Ashgate, 2015), as well as The G8-G20 Relationship in Global Governance, co-edited with Marina Larionova (Ashgate, 2015), and Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa: Disease, Govenance, Climate Change, co-edted with Andrew F. Cooper, Franklyn Lisk and Hany Besada (Ashgate, 2014). Kirton is also co-editor of several publications on the G8, the G20 and the BRICS published by Newsdesk Media, including G20 Germany: The 2017 Hamburg Summit and G7 Italy: The 2017 Taormina Summit.

Madeline Koch Madeline Koch [email] is the executive director of the G20 Research Group, the G7 and G8 Research Group, the BRICS Research Group and the Global Health Diplomacy Program, all based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She is co-editor, with John Kirton, of the series of publications on the G20, the G8 and the BRICS and published by Newsdesk Media, including G20 Germay: The 2017 Hamburg Summit and G7 Italy: The 2017 Taormina Summit. She has participated in the field teams on site starting in 1989 and attended every G20 summit since 2008 and every G7/8 one since 1999.

Ella Kokotsis Ella Kokotsis, PhD, [email] is the director of accountability for the G20 Research Group and the G7 and G20 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. An expert on summit accountability and compliance, she has consulted with the Canadian government's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations on their African development agenda, with the Russian government on global health issues in the lead-up to the 2006 St. Petersburg Summit, and with the Government of Canada on numerous summit-related issues during the 2010 Canadian G8 and G20 Summits. Her scholarly methodology for assessing compliance continues as the basis for the annual accountability reports produced by the G8 and G20 Research Groups. She is author of Keeping International Commitments: Compliance, Credibility and the G7 Summits and co-author of The Global Governance of Climate Change: G7, G20 and UN Leadership (Ashgate, 2015), as well as many articles and chapters. She leads the group's work on climate change, energy and accountability.

Julia Kulik Julia Kulik, MPP, [email] is director of research for the G20 Research Group, G7 and G8 Research Group, BRICS Research Group and Global Health Diplomacy Program, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She has researched and written on G20, BRICS and G7/G8 performance particularly on the issues of regional security and gender equality. She has recently co-authored articles entitled "Generating Global Health Governance through BRICS Summitry" in Contemporary Politics and "Connecting Climate Change and Health through Global Summitry" in World Medical and Health Policy. She has delivered several papers including "A BRICS Alliance within the G20? Assessing the Performance of BRICS Members" at PUC Minas in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, "The Role of Space and Place in Informal Security Arrangements: The Case of the G8" at the 2014 International Studies Association Convention in Toronto and "Working for Women's Security" at the Pre-G8 Summit Conference at Queen's University, Belfast in June 2013. Julia leads the group's work on gender, women's health, regional security and summit performance.

Brittaney WarrenBrittaney Warren [email], BA, International Relations, is a researcher with the G20 Research Group, the G7 and G8 Research Group, and the BRICS Research Group, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Brittaney leads the G20 Research Groups' work on commitments and compliance, specializing in the issue areas of climate change, environment and energy. She was the lead researcher on two e-book projects titled "Delivering Sustainable Energy Access" and "Mobilising Climate Finance." She has written several compliance reports and research reports on these and other issues, and assists with the social media and marketing program to promote the Groups' work. Additionally, she has worked in Spain teaching English as a second language and in Peru where she conducted field research on a sustainable development project with women living in extreme poverty.

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Research Associates

Caroline Bracht Caroline Bracht, M.Ed., [email] is a senior researcher for the G20 Research Group, G7 and G8 Research Group, BRICS Research Group and Global Health Diplomacy Program, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She has researched and written on G20, BRICS and G7/G8 compliance, specifically on development, climate change and energy commitments. She has co-authored articles entitled "Generating Global Health Governance through BRICS Summitry" in Contemporary Politics and "Connecting Climate Change and Health through Global Summitry" in World Medical and Health Policy. She was the lead researcher for a project commissioned by the International Labour Organization on the G20's implementation of the commitments in the Seoul Development Consensus.

Ben CormierBen Cormier, MRes, [email] is a doctoral research associate with the University of Toronto's G20 Research Group and G7 and G8 Research Group, where he does quantitative analysis on the role of ministerial networks in G20 and G7/8 compliance. He has published with the affiliated BRICS Research Group and has a forthcoming book chapter in Accountability for Effectiveness in Global Governance, edited by John Kirton and Marina Larionova (Ashgate, 2016). Ben is a PhD student in international relations at the University of Toronto, interested in international political economy, development banking, and the role of networks in development finance.

Kateryna Dzhaha Kateryna Dzhaha, MA, [email] is a researcher with the G7 Research Group, the G20 Research Group and the BRICS Research Group, with a focus on financial regulation and supervision, international trade and international environmental policy. She holds a master's degree in international public policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a master's in international economic relations from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Kateryna worked as a graduate research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where she was involved in a year-long research project on cross-border resolution of financial firms.

Jenilee Guebert Jenilee Guebert, JD, [email] is a senior research associate with the G20 Research Group and the G7 and G20 Research Group. She provides advice, guidance and research on global health and climate change, and how the two areas intersect. She leads the work on global health law. She has a JD from the University of Alberta and BA in political science from the University of Calgary in 2007. She has pursued academic studies at the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Georgetown University. She has been involved in working with various governments, non-governmental organizations and multilateral institutions on how to address global health challenges, climate change and the global financial crisis. Recent publications include "Use and Misuse of Material Transfer Agreements: Lessons in Proportionality from Research, Repositories and Litigation" (2015), PLoS Biology 13(2): 1-12; "Implementing Socially Responsible Licensing for Global Health: Beyond Neglected Diseases" (2014), Science Translational Medicine 6(260): 1-4; and "Connecting Climate Change and Health: The Global Governance Gap," in John J. Kirton et al., eds., Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).

Aurora Hudson Aurora Hudson, M.ICS, [email] has been a researcher for the G20 Research Group, as well as G7 and G8 Research Group, since 2013. She has researched and written on G7/8 and G20 compliance, specifically on climate change, energy and regional security. She completed her Honours BA at the University of Toronto, and her master's degree in international conflict and security at the University of Kent in Brussels. The focus of her studies and research is water security and related climate change issues.

Kathryn KotrisKathryn Kotris [email] has been a researcher for the G20 Research Group and the G7 and G8 Research Group since 2006. She is on the advisory board of the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy and has been vice-president of compliance VP Compliance for Mortgage Architects since 2006. She graduated with honours from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of arts in political science and history.

Maria Marchyshyn Maria Marchyshyn [email] is a researcher for the G20 Research Group, the G7 and G8 Research Group, and the BRICS Research Group and has been involved with them since 2008. Her work focuses on macroeconomic issues, including international trade and finance and topics regarding the European Union. She has worked on compliance reports, and currently specializes on summit conclusions on a wide range of topics. She has attended the 2014 Brussels Summit as a member of the G8 Research Group field team. Maria is the Vice President of Finance with the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). She has worked in the financial industry and as a researcher at the European Parliament in Brussels. She speaks five languages and is currently learning her sixth, Japanese. Maria completed an Honours degree in International Business Administration (IBBA) with specialization in finance at the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2004.

Sarah Richards Sarah Richardson, LL.B., LL.M., [email] is a research associate with the G20 Research Group and the G7 Research Group, with expertise in policy related to trade, environment and sustainable development. As an independent consultant, she has worked closely with the Government of Canada on environmental assessment of trade liberalization. International clients have included organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme and the European Commission as well as non-governmental organizations including the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF-United States, Oxfam and Save the Children. Previously, Sarah was the manager of the Environment, Economy and Trade Programme at North America's Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the foreign policy advisor at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Most recently, Sarah has been active in the private sector, owning and operating a business importing, distributing and selling sustainably produced design objects from developed and developing countries alike. Sarah holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and an LL.M. from Columbia University.

Takumi Shibaike Takumi Shibaike, MA, [email] is a doctoral research associate with the G7 and G8 Research Group, where he leads the group's work on human rights issues. He has several publications with the group on how G7/8 members have responded to the emergence of human rights issues. Takumi is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and he is interested in deferential relationships between states, international institutions and international non-governmental organizations within human rights issue networks. For more about his publications and research, please visit his personal website.

Alissa Wang Alissa Wang [email] is a research assistant at the G20 Research Group, the G7 and G8 Research Group, the BRICS Research Group and the Global Health Diplomacy Program, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree with a specialist in international relations, a major in global health and a minor in political science. She is an editor for the reports produced by the G20 Research Group summit studies team, an analyst for the G7 Research Group summit studies team, and works on compliance research. Alissa is interested in Chinese history and politics as well as China's role in global governance. She was a member of the field team at the G7 Elmau Summit in Germany in 2015.

Meredith Williams Meredith Williams, BAH, [email] is a research analyst and social media strategist with the G20 Research Group and the G7 and G8 Research Group based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She completed an honours bachelor of arts in political science from Queen's University, with a focus on international political economy and international relations. She is the lead researcher on financial resilience and economic regulation. She has worked on compliance reports on financial regulation in response to the 2008 global financial crisis and other research projects, was a member of the home team during the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit and attended the T20 think tank conference that kicked of Germany's 2017 G20 presidency. She is currently employed full time at one of Canada's largest banks.

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Past Chairs of Summit Studies

Netila Demneri, BA, was chair of the executive of summit studies for the G8 and G20 Research Groups from 2009 to 2011.

Ava-Dayna Sefa, BA, MGA, was chair of the executive of summit studies for the G20 Research Group for the 2012 Los Cabos and 2013 St. Petersburg summits.

Sarah Scott Sarah Scott, BA, [email] was chair of the executive of summit studies for the G20 Research Group for the 2016 Hangzhou and 2017 Hamburg Summit and a researcher for the G7 Research Group. Her work focused on macroeconomic issues, including international trade, as well as developmental issues. She worked on various compliance reports, and specialized in direction setting and migration. She attended the 2015 Elmau Summit as a member of the G7 Research Group field team and the G20's 2015 Antalya Summit. Sarah completed an honours degree in political science with specialization in global governance and developmental politics at the University of Toronto.

Antonia Tsapralis, BA, MGA, was chair of the executive of summit studies for the G20 Research Group for the 2014 Brisbane and 2015 Antalya summits.

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Regional Offices

Argentina: Buenos Aires
Sabrina Shaw, PhD [email]
Australia: Brisbane
Caitlin Byrne, PhD [email]
Australia: Sydney
Annie Beaulieu [email]
China: Shanghai
Zhu Jiejin, PhD [email]
France: Paris
Krystel Montpetit [email]
Japan: Tokyo
Shinichiro Uda [email]
Italy: Rome
Chiara Oldani, PhD [email]
Russia: Vladivostok
Victoria Panova, PhD [email]
United Kingdom: London
Denisse Rudich, MA [email]

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Research and Publications

Among the material available on the G20 Information Centre is a document detailing the plans and prospects for the G20's agenda. The website also contains the regular reports on G20 members' compliance with their summit commitments, produced by the G20 Research Group and its partner at the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow.

Background Books

Working with Newsdesk Media in the United Kingdom, the G20 Research Group also produced a volume commemorating the tenth anniversary of the G20, The G20 at Ten: Growth, Innovation, Inclusion. It has an edition for every G20 summit since then, all available online as well as in print. Electronic editions are available here.

Academic Books

The G20: Evolution, Interrelationships, Documentation, Peter I. Hajnal (2014) (Available also in Chinese)

G20 Governance for a Globalized World, John Kirton (2013)

The G8-G20 Relationship in Global Governance, edited by Marina Larionova and John Kirton (2015)

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Contact Us

G20 Research Group
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1-416-946-8953
g20@utoronto.ca

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