Environment leads as $5.8 million granted for research at Waterloo

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A $2.4 million Partnership grant for researcher Sarah Burch is one of 20 research grants awarded at the University of Waterloo by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Sarah BurchHer project is titled, TRANSFORM:  Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces. The project, made possible by the SSHRC Partnership Grant, will work closely with small and medium businesses to give them the tools, guidance and partnerships they need to go beyond mere incremental changes toward sustainability, and fundamentally transform their business to become better for the planet and its people.

Other grants for Environment researchers include:

Heather Hall (SEED): Remote Controlled: Technology in the Mining Sector & the Future of Development in Peripheral Regions ($253,305)

Thomas Homer-Dixon (Environment): Ideological Conflict Project: Application and Field Testing of Conflict Resolution Tools ($232,273)

Markus Moos (School of Planning): Housing the next generation: The case of new economy cities ($96,100)

Joe Qian (School of Planning): Becoming urban citizens: Transformation and Adaptation of Displaced Villagers in China's concentrated resettlement communities ($129,353)

Jason Thistlethwaite (SEED): Effective Flood Risk Governance in a Changing Climate ($242,491)

Sarah Wolfe (School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability): Do mortality reminders influence our water decisions: A new variable for the era of climate change, drought and uncertainty ($125,650)

These projects represent a significant amount of recent grant funding in humanities and social sciences at the University of Waterloo totalling more than $5.8 million. The funding supports research that informs policies and plays an important role in building a healthier, stronger, and more prosperous Canada. Waterloo’s projects, which are among the $158 million funding announcement for 800 projects across Canada.

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