Global North and Global South: Meaning, Assumptions, and Implications


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Episode Description

In this episode, Christian Noumi, and Ruheena Sangrar take a deep dive into two terms frequently used in research, global health and international development: Global North and Global South. We explore some underlying biases and assumptions that have shaped general understandings of these terms and how these biases are portrayed in research from funding to knowledge translation and dissemination.
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Speakers’ Bios:
Christian Noumi:
Christian is originally from Cameroon and holds a PhD in Higher Education (University of Toronto, Canada), an MA in Higher Education Research and Development (University of Kassel, Germany), a BA in History and a Teacher’s Diploma (both from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon). He is currently a Bilingual Project Coordinator at Ryerson University (Canada). He is also the Vice-Chair Finance and Research at ICDR-Cameroon. He has extensive experience teaching and conducting research in several African countries, including Senegal, Ghana and Cameroon.
Ruheena Sangrar:
Ruheena Sangrar PhD OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto (Canada). She completed her doctoral training in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University. Her research and teaching interests are aimed at developing interdisciplinary interventions that reduce barriers to community mobility, participation, and belonging in later life, particularly at the intersection of health, social, and transportation sectors.