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Shifting Policies

  • Community-based environmental education and mobilization in marginalized urban communities for equitable watershed governance
    This project will utilize existing university-community partnerships to develop, test, improve and disseminate arts- and science-based methods and materials for increasing democratic watershed management and civic engagement amongst adults and senior citizens in marginalized communities in Canada.
  • Connecting four research solitudes: the impacts and implications of climate change for invasive species, biodiversity and society
    The interactive effects of climate change and invasive species are complex and highly changeable. We cannot afford to ignore them if we are to successfully manage and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Further delays in recognizing the interactive effects of climate change and invasives means that the harm that they cause to biodiversity, ecosystems, economies and societies across Canada, will continue to rise.
  • Sustainable and Education Policy Network (SEPN)
    The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) is a research-based partnership between academic research institutions and national/international organizations which is exploring new models to improve how environmental sustainability is taught and practiced in schools, universities, and other educational institutions.
  • Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI)
    An international project on the forms and dynamics of interaction among transnational business governance initiatives. The project investigates a development that has largely escaped academic attention but is increasingly a fact of life for transnational companies, standards-setting groups and governments. From accounting standards to sustainable forestry certification, more and more of the norms and standards that govern business emanate not from conventional state institutions, but from an array of private and multi-stakeholder institutions operating in a dynamic, transnational regulatory space
  • Work in a Warming World (W3)
    An international project which will study the challenge that climate change presents to Canadian employment and workplaces. The project will examine seven Canadian employment sectors to seek policy, training, employment and workplace solutions to effectively assist Canada’s transition to a low-emission economy.

Past Research Projects

  • Business and Sustainable Livelihoods
    Innovative approaches by networks of entrepreneurs, companies, NGOs, governments and development agencies to create sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, IFC and the Maclean Foundation.
  • Design for Sustainability
    Case studies of innovative Canadian enterprises using sustainable design to improve environmental, economic and social performance while enhancing competitiveness. Funding by Natural Resources Canada, the Design Exchange, Pollution Probe, Five Winds International and York University.
  • Novel & Transformative Institutional Forms
    Exploration of Public/Private Sector Partnerships and Water (in)Security in South Africa with the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
  • Role of the Private Sector in Development
    Identifying the current state of activities and research on the role of business in poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
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