Achieve increased impact through national and global leadership in environmental and sustainability research

Research impact is the effect that discovery, application and critique have in contributing to society today and in shaping the thinking of tomorrow. Research impact necessarily involves knowledge dissemination, but also knowledge mobilization and the translation of knowledge into practice and policy

Profound changes are taking place in the post-secondary sector. Inquiry increasingly crosses disciplinary boundaries to address questions of societal importance. Our faculty’s success depends on our thoughtful engagement with what it means to work both within and beyond disciplines to address complex environmental and social issues. Profound changes are also taking place in society as the pace of technological change accelerates, environmental concerns reach crisis levels, and demands for justice intensify. These changes provide an imperative to focus our research on the world’s most pressing challenges. We will:

› Be at the forefront of defining and framing emergent environmental and sustainability problems that require an interdisciplinary approach

› Enhance inter-faculty research collaborations, especially in areas that align with the University’s strategic priorities.

› Ensure a faculty and research staff complement that supports interdisciplinarity in research and teaching

Our impact depends on a willingness and readiness to engage beyond our campus, contributing to and leading local, national and international conversations, research projects and other collaborations. We will:

› Collaborate with external partners in shaping our research agenda and in co-creating and mobilizing knowledge.

› Develop and implement an internationalization strategy that prioritizes partnerships and participation that increase the impact of our work.

› Contribute meaningfully to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, both in Canada and globally.


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Ranked TOP 5 in the world for Climate Change research

(QS 2019)

Host of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada

Its mission; to mobilize action for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the country


10 research chairs 

(gender balanced)


Annual research funding increased from $7M to $9.9M over previous five-year period


Graduate student enrolment increased 25%

over previous five-year period

Download Goal 2 and Goal 2 continued as an accessible PDF