Understanding the Rise of the Right: A Podcast Series

The surge of radical right wing movements is one of the defining characteristics of this political moment, and it has the potential for the most grave repercussions. To date, little critical research about the ideational foundations of modern far right movements and the danger they pose has been effectively mobilized to the public.

Identifying Challenges Faced by Women Entrepreneurs When Starting and Growing Businesses in Cambodia

This research project will focus on identifying challenges that women entrepreneurs in Cambodia face when starting and/or growing businesses. The purpose of the research is to help organizations identify areas where they can improve their services offered to empower women to start and grow their businesses. This research will be done by collecting participant feedback through the Monkiri E-Learning Application. Participants will be separated into groups and a randomized selection will be interviewed.

Indigenous peoples’ representation in the Greater Toronto Area construction industry

This research project seeks to identify and draw attention to the historical factors leading to the underrepresentation of Indigenous workers in unionized sectors of the construction industry; the problematic relationship between Indigenous workers and their non-Indigenous counterparts, employers and trade unionists; and past and present efforts to address these problems. This work will aid in thinking through the transformation of hiring practices, apprenticeship and other skills training programs, and union models of organizing and outreach to better represent Indigenous workers.

Validating Existing Understandings of National Nonprofit Environments

The politics of information, and information availability, affect civil society's ability to participate in democratic governance and the ability to establish accountability and credibility. New nonprofit regulations create additional reporting requirements, but much of this information is withheld from the sector itself.

Building Standards for Online Voting: Safeguarding the Industry

This goal of this project is to develop a Standards Proposal and initial framework to guide the use of online voting in municipal elections in Ontario. Elections in municipalities in Ontario are among the most digital in the world, yet there are no guidelines to shepherd use of the technology. Working with our partners we will develop a Standards Proposal to co-create online voting standards with stakeholders (i.e., municipalities, vendors, local associations).

COVID-19 Monitor: a rolling public opinion study on the dynamics of the pandemic

This project will undertake a year-long rolling study of public opinion across eight countries—Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Brazil. It will measure the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19 throughout the duration of the pandemic and during its immediate aftermath. The study will be comprised of multiple survey waves in each country, mostly drawn from Vox Pop Labs’ proprietary online respondent panel, which is comprised of several million people worldwide.

Addressing the Needs of Homeless Youth: The Implementation of ‘Housing First’ in a Medium-Sized Canadian City

This research examines the problem of youth homelessness which has significant social and economic costs for both the affected individuals and society as a whole. The research will result in a report to be delivered to Family Services Windsor Essex that will guide this organization’s youth homelessness initiatives.

Understanding the Evolving Nature of Refugee sponsors in Canada

This project examines the type of refugee sponsorship groups, their relation to the sponsored refugees, and the challenges and successes that they have faced. This is primary research, using the data that is at this point available but not organised by the partnership organization. It will benefit the partnership organization in giving it an overall, empirically valid assessment of areas of improvement in public policies that are adapted to changing circumstances.

Comparing the value of country foods with other food provisioning systems in Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories.

How can we describe and value harvesting, processing and sharing (costs as well as benefits) country foods in economic, nutritional, environmental and socio-cultural terms? How can we compare the value of country food with food that comes from other provisioning systems (e.g. imported/market-based foods and local food production)?

Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in Resource Decision-making: innovative research methods, guidelines, and digital tools

The objective of our research is to reach appropriate recommendations, revelations, and transformative insights based on a survey of the field of Community-Based Monitoring and its understudied methods, while also developing a more inclusive process to achieve this, and applying that process in the creation or refinement of CBM digital tools. In particular our research focuses on the way Indigenous communities are using CBM to monitor, confront, and intervene in projects that affect their land and ways of life.

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