Undercurrent is the only student-run national undergraduate journal publishing scholarly essays and articles that explore the subject of international development. The journal is a refereed publication dedicated to providing a non-partisan, supportive, yet critical and competitive forum exclusively for undergraduate research, writing, and editing.

Since its beginnings in 2004, Undercurrent has endeavoured to raise the profile of undergraduate IDS; to establish a venue in which young scholars may undergo constructive review and have work published; to provide the best examples of work currently being done in undergraduate IDS programmes in Canada; to stimulate creative scholarship, dialogue and debate about the theory and practice of development; to provide a learning opportunity for contributors, staff and readers; and to offer one means by which students may more meaningfully participate in broader exchanges within their chosen field of study. Besides articles and essays, the journal contains editorials, book reviews, and commentaries investigating aspects of development both at home and abroad.

While individual authors may present distinct, critical viewpoints, Undercurrent does not harbour any particular ideological commitments. Instead, the journal aims to evince the broad range of applications for development theory and methodology and to promote interdisciplinary discourse by publishing an array of articulate, well-researched pieces.

Many undergraduate students in IDS express themselves with thoughtful creativity, embrace interdisciplinarity with enthusiasm, and exhibit an outstanding level of scholarship. While some elect to pursue advanced degrees, others do not. Undercurrent aims to lend its voice to the claim that legitimate inquiries into the humanities emanate from many points along a scholar’s path, both before and after graduation.