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.
Ranked TOP 5 in the world for Climate Change research
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
Annual research funding increased from $7M to $9.9M over previous five-year period
Graduate student enrolment increased 25%
over previous five-year period