Who we are


The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions is part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia. It also operates in association with faculty in the Department of Political Science.

Professor Gerald Baier (Political Science) is Acting Director of the CSDI (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022) as well as Academic Director of the Institute for Future Legislators program.  The Director supervises the operation of the Centre with the assistance of the Executive Committee and general guidance from the Advisory Board.

Professor Max Cameron (Political Science) is Director of the CSDI (July 2011 – June 2019; on-leave July 2019-June 30, 2022). Dr. Cameron was Acting Director of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020).

Advisory Board

The Centre has a six person Advisory Board to assist the Centre with programming and resources, and to advise on the direction of the Centre’s activities.