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The G8 Research Group's stated mission is to serve as the world’s leading independent source of information, analysis and research on the institutions, issues and members of the Group of Eight and the G8 Summit.

The G8 Research Group was founded in 1987 at the University of Toronto. It is a global network of scholars, professionals in the media, business, government and research communities, and students interested in the ongoing activity of the G7 and G8, and related bodies such as the G20 industrial nations.

The G8 Research Group is supported by the International Relations Program based at the Centre for International Studies within the Munk Centre for International Studies, Robarts Library, University of Trinity College’s John Graham Library and the Department of Political Science. The G8 Research Group was founded by Professor John Kirton, who is also the current director.

During the year, the G8 Research Group conducts programs of research, teaching, and information and public education. Along with its companion the G20 Research Group, the G8 Research Group works with Newsdesk Media to produce special publications on the G8 and the G20.

The G8 Research Group maintains a student division that consists of more than 150 student analysts. The student division produces internationally recognized reports on compliance by the G8+5 with commitments made at annual G8 summits. It also studies the influence of civil society organizations and the media on the G8 summit agenda and priorities. The 2010 student division of the G8 Research Group is directed by Erin Fitzgerald. Past chairs include Sarah Yun (2009), Cliff Van Der Linden (2008), Janet Chow (2007), Vanessa Corlazzoli (2006), Anthony Navaneelan (2005), Bob Papanikolau (2004, 2003), Salimah Ebrahim (2003) and Gina Stephens (2002).

The G8 Research Group runs the G8 Information Centre, which is includes an electronic archive of documents related to the summit and its ministerial meetings as well as research and analysis. Trinity College's John Graham Library hosts a physical archive for G8 materials.

Colleagues at the International Organizations Research Institute at Moscow's State University Higher School of Economics have established the G8 Research Centre, which has been conducting research on Russia's compliance with G8 commitments since 2006.

Colleagues at Oxford University and the London School of Economics created the G8 Research Group LSE/Oxford, which has produced reports on climate change and the G8 and the Outreach Five countries of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

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