Dr. Calvert's research examines the impacts bilateral investment treaties have on policy space with a focus on Latin America (Argentina, Peru and Ecuador). She is particularly interested in examining how the conditions and capabilities of the societies, economies and political systems found in signatory countries shape, and are shaped by, the constraints investment treaties aim to impose on government action. She is also interested in exposing the legal and political tools and resources governments and civil society groups use to defend public and political interests from the claims of foreign investors under investment treaties.
Beyond this, her work covers Canadian foreign economic policy and resource governance in the Americas. In the latter area, her work examines how senior mining companies govern global production networks related to metals and minerals and the political controversies associated with it.
Convener International Political Economy research group
International political economy, International law and international relations, Political sociology, International development, Trade, Foreign investment, Investor-state dispute settlement, Extractive industries and resource governance, Latin America, Canadian foreign economic policy