Elizabeth Smythe is a Professor of Political Science at the Concordia University of Edmonton. Her research is focused on international relations, especially negotiations over trade and investment rules and the transnational social movements and other networks that try to influence them, including the World Social Forum. For the past three years she has been working on a SSHRC funded research project: What’s in the Package? Transparency, Trade and the Politics of Food Labeling. She is also currently involved in project examining the role of faith groups in the global social justice movement particularly as they relate to the World Social Forum.