Philip Rafalko is an MA student in Political Science at the University of Toronto, with a concentration in Political Economy of International Development. He graduated with honours with a BA in Politics & Governance at Ryerson University in Toronto. His research interests include the political economy of post-conflict development, institutional change and human security, with a specific focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Philip intends to focus his Major Research Project on the role of international organizations in these contexts. His MA research is funded by the Royal Bank Graduate Fellowship in Public and Economic Policy. Aside from this research, Philip is also interested in the politics of self-determination and social justice for Aboriginal people in Canada.
Philip has also volunteered in supporting northern Ontario First Nations communities through the North-South Partnership for Children and Ryerson University (2014), and he is an alumnus of Students for International Development (SID), a University of Toronto organization (2015). As a SID member he has worked in Tanzania facilitating a locally-developed education project known as “RARE” (Radically Affordable Rural Education). RARE has piloted education centres in Kenya and Tanzania, focusing on accessibility, affordability and quality through the sustainable use of digital technologies. Philip continues to work with RARE throughout his graduate studies.