Policy implementation through Collective Decision-Making - a case study of a collaborative community-level strategic planning process on immigrant settlement and integration services

The InterCultural Association (ICA) of Greater Victoria leads the establishment of Immigrant and Refugees Canada’s prominent multi-stakeholders strategy named ‘Local Immigration Partnership’ to engage diverse groups to better coordinate, avoid duplication, and enhance the current settlement and integration services aimed at immigrant well-being. This research will observe the process of community-level planning, particularly the development of outcome and performance measurement indicators towards a sustainable multi-level collaborative governance.

Explaining Discrepancies between De Jure and De Facto Exchange Rate Regimes: A Constructivist Approach

Why some states publicly announce one type of exchange rate regime but in fact adopt another? Do states try to manipulate their currencies by creating discrepancies between words and deeds? My research intends to provide an ideational explanation to the gaps between de jure and de facto exchange rate regimes.

Selling Awareness: Comparing Media Representations of Domestic Violence in France and Canada

Both Canada and France evidence high levels of domestic violence and, as such, various governmental and non-governmental bodies attempt to address the problem through media awareness campaigns. The Mitacs Award will support the media analysis of recent French media campaigns developed to create awareness around domestic violence, comparing these with depictions of domestic violence employed to sell products.

Beyond Climate Justice: Competing Narratives and Ambitious Climate Action in India - implications for Canadian policy makers

My collaborative research project with Nicolette Little will examine the role of climate justice in India’s climate change policy, discourse and action. Embedding the notion of “climate justice” at the core of climate change discourse results in a political frame around risk (Indian) and responsibility (Global North’s). The project seeks to delineate how a focus on climate justice obscures the need for more ambitious national and global action on climate change.

Democracy in Authoritarianism: Public Participation in Biosafety, Biodiversity, and Climate Change politics in China

My dissertation looks into China’s three environmental policy domains, including climate change, biodiversity and biosafety (GMOs), to investigate how China’ environmental diplomacy, economic interest and political concerns of legitimacy and stability intersect to condition public participation and its effectiveness in affecting policy decisions. It seeks to illuminate not only why authoritarian regime embraces deliberation and public participation, but also how much democracy an authoritarian China can take without having to resort to suppression.

Achieving Climate ‘Justice:’ Indian climate justice narratives, and who’s being ‘left out in the cold’

My collaborative research project with Tyrone Hall will examine the concept of "justice" in India’s climate change policy, discourse and action. Embedding the notion of “climate justice” at the core of climate change discourse results in a political frame around risk (Indian) and responsibility (Global North’s). The study examines how the needs and risks of marginalized and vulnerable communities (women, farmers, rural and coastal areas) are accounted for in the climate discourse (policy, media, and activism).

Youth Bullying and Cyberbullying in a Canadian and Indian context

This comparative research explores the subject of bullying among youths in two major cities of New Delhi, India and Toronto, Canada. This research aims to compare the resources available to youths in India and Canada in regard to bullying awareness, cyberbullying, and its prevention methods. This research will compare the experiences of two socially and culturally distinct populations with the issue of bullying among high school youths.

University International Collaborations as a Vehicle for Social Change and Public Diplomacy

This project aims to address two emerging challenges or opportunities facing universities in the new context of global geo-politics. First, universities have often been regarded as key agents in processes of social change and development. The explicit role they have been allocated is the production of human capital and knowledge output to meet perceived social and economic needs.

Employer Demand-Driven Training (EDDT) Programs for Youth Employment

The proposed research project will research and evaluate the impact of Employer Demand-Driven Training (EDDT) programs undertaken in 5 pilot sites in Ontario. As a strategy, ‘demand-driven’ means putting businesses at the centre of workforce training development and using their workforce needs and challenges as the starting point to design effective programs. In this way, training is directly relevant to market demand.

By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

This unique research project, undertaken by Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) students, contributes significantly to our understanding of the North. The research focuses on community-based responses to rapid economic, social, and environmental changes and the development of the local capacity to respond. The analysis is collaborative, involving key stakeholders at the community and multi-community levels, and is informed by their values and interests.

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