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David Chen is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto. He has been a member of the Corporate Mapping Project team since 2017. His research interests surround transnational corporations, corporate networks, international political economy (de-globalization), political ecology, critical social theory, and China. His research has been published in Science & Society and Canadian Political Science Review.
The United Conservative Party (UCP) government has, from 2018 to 2022, cut the operating support budget for Alberta’s PSEIs by 18.8%, resulting in a trail of destruction across the province’s universities, colleges, and technical institutes. This report addresses two questions. First, we ask what the agenda and actions of the United Conservative Party government of Alberta mean for higher education and research. Second, we ask how institutional factors explain the sector’s lack of autonomy and ability to resist the corporatization agendas of governments.