The Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University.


The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) is a research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy, and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world (IOW) – from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.


The Indian Ocean World Centre is led by Professor Gwyn Campbell and a team of highly accomplished academics.

The Appraising Risk Project

Appraising Risk is an international collaboration based at the Indian Ocean World Centre with academic partners across the world.


Established in 2017, the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies is an open-access journal, published twice annually by the McGill University Library.

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The IOWC 10th Anniversary Report

To celebrate 10 years of the IOWC’s existence, we have produced a report that looks back on its past activities and successes and looks forward to the future. Download the report here.

The IOWC’s history in three points:

  • The Indian Ocean Project (IOP) was established by Gwyn Campbell in 1993 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • The IOP was reborn in 1999 as the Association pour l’étude de l’Afrique et les pays de l’Océan Indian (AAOI) at the University of Avignon, France.

  • The AAOI officially becomes the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) based at McGill University in 2011.

Our most recent podcast:

Alice Nyawira Karuri – ”Adaptation of Small-Scale Tea and Coffee Farmers in Kenya to Climate Change” The Indian Ocean World Podcast

This week, our host Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) joins in conversation with Dr. Alice Nyawira Karuri (Strathmore) to discuss her recent chapter "Adaptation of Small-Scale Tea and Coffee Farmers in Kenya to Climate Change," published in the African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation (Springer, 2021). Their conversation covers Dr. Karuri's economic research into the challenges facing Kenyan tea and coffee farmers in our current climate crisis, the work that the farmers and their partners are doing—or not—to face those challenges, and the economic, political, and historical forces that shape stakeholder decision-making. Dr. Karuri is a lecturer in Development Studies at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She completed her PhD in Development Studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in 2019 and is currently contributing to the HESTIA Farm Sustainability Toolkit Project at Oxford University. Links: Article: Website: The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

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