Public Engagement in Nuclear: Medicine, Mining, Meeting Climate Change Commitments

This project explores methods of engagement and communication that bridge the science, public and policy gap in respect of the nuclear ecology: medicine, mining, and meeting climate change commitments (through nuclear energy small modular reactors (SMRs)). Saskatchewan, the home of uranium mining and where scientists helped develop the world’s first cobalt-60 nuclear medicine scanning machines, is an ideal location for this inter and transdisciplinary exploration.

The Implications of Blockchain Technology on Privacy, Regulation, and Public Policy

The goal of this research project is to understand how private, blockchain-based enterprises best engage and understand current Canadian regulation on data privacy. Policy is created at many different levels of government and it can be difficult for companies to be aware of the specific requirements needed to comply with regulation. This project will ask how do tech companies situate themselves amid provincial and federal privacy regulations? What are the best practices for handling contradictions in regulation?

Does Intervention Work? Assessing the Effectiveness of Business Innovation and Growth Support in Canada

Using the Business Innovation and Growth Support (BIGS) dataset in Statistics Canada’s Linked File Environment (LFE), the proposed research will evaluate the impact of federal business innovation supports on firm growth, innovation (e.g., patent behavior), and propensity to export within and across strategic industries. The findings will inform how the partner organization, and firms like it, understand the program support environment (i.e., what federal supports are available), make strategic decisions (i.e., which programs to target), and plan for the future of the firm’s growth.

Towards disability inclusive COVID-19 policy

Youth with disabilities and their caregivers are disproportionately affected both by the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy measures that are adopted in response. Given the increased risk for this vulnerable population, intentionally planning and co-designing policy to meet the needs of youth with disabilities in emergency preparedness efforts is critical. Unfortunately, there is inadequate data collection and insufficient COVID-19 emergency planning and response for youth with disabilities.

CO-Away: A Rapid Response Digital Tool to Tackle COVID-19

When our society has faced existential threats in the past, we have banded together to use the technology at hand to overcome them. The COVID-19 outbreak is one such threat that requires the same level of societal effort today. However, in the 21st century, we can combine social innovation, citizen science, and digital epidemiology to harness the power of the ubiquitous digital tools that almost all members of our society have in hand.

Assessing Perceptions Pertaining to Carbon Pricing in Kingston, Ontario

In their Major Research Papers, Jennifer Bunning and Nora Lobb each will explore the impact of different carbon pricing policies on citizens and businesses in Kingston, Ontario. Both a survey and a focus group will be used to engage with stakeholders from across Kingston. The findings from this research will be presented to provide context around the challenges that face the implementation of a Clean Fuels Standard and Carbon Pricing models in small communities across Canada.

Pan-Canadian Survey of Education Funding Structures and Processes

Across Canadian provinces, there is little standardization or coordination in terms of public education financing. As such, there is no coordination or standardization in public education across Canada. The IPE/BC is interested in producing a report that outlines the diverse funding models used across Canadian provinces and territories. The aim of this project is to be easily understood and accessible to educators, researchers, policy analysts and citizens. The intern will utilize secondary data analysis to gather and analyze information on education funding allocation across Canada.

Benchmarking Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Employment, Business and Social Development Partnership Capacities in Major Resource Projects

Indigenous communities continue to be excluded from the mainstream economy due to a lack of successful partnerships with non-Indigenous businesses. In this project, we will conduct ‘partnership benchmarking’ with resource companies and Indigenous communities establishing the organizational competencies and capacities needed to accelerate economic development.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Practice Research Project

The purpose of this project is to conduct a document review of select philanthropic foundations to investigate the policies and practices used by foundations to address DEI. The intern will also lead knowledge generation and knowledge mobilizations activities in the form of issue briefs and learning sessions to engage foundation staff and board members to their increase awareness and facilitate knowledge exchange and peer learning of DEI policies and practices.

Benchmarking Evidence Based Approaches to New Functional Regions

This research project will build a case and a new definition for contemporary functional economic regions based on fiscal and economic impact analysis and return on investment benchmarking. The project will expand the scope of ‘functional’ from the traditional commuter shed and labour market context of the past, to include contemporary collaborative and economic drivers for regional development and inter-community cooperation. The research initiative will encompass the City of Meadow Lake trading area to include municipalities and First Nations within a 120 km radius.

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