Campus meets community: Government of Canada announces four new international research alliances



    OTTAWA, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for
Ottawa-Orléans, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State
(Science and Technology), announced today an $8 million collaborative
initiative funded as part of the International Community-University Research
Alliance (ICURA) program. As a result of this joint funding initiative of the
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), community organizations and
universities in Canada are teaming up with similar alliances in the developing
world to undertake research on global issues. Four research teams will be
carrying out research projects on coastal adaptation to climate change, the
impact of poverty on the environment, services for at-risk youth, and mental
health.
    "Our government recognizes the importance of involving the
community-nationally and abroad - directly in research results, through
partnerships like the ICURA program," said MP Galipeau. "Social sciences and
humanities research plays a valuable role in advancing innovation and
competitiveness, fostering job creation, and building a diversified, resilient
economy over the long term. That's why Canada's Economic Action Plan includes
a $5.1-billion investment in science and technology initiatives."
    ICURA brings together university-based experts from Canada and developing
countries to work with community members who will directly benefit from the
research and training. The research teams will address issues of shared
importance for Canada and the developing world.
    "IDRC is pleased to bring an international dimension to SSHRC's
successful model of support for community-university research alliances in
Canada," said David Malone, President of IDRC. "ICURA provides an important
mechanism through which academics and local advocates can work together to
improve the quality of life in communities in Canada and the developing
world."
    "This initiative illustrates superbly how social sciences and humanities
research can have a direct impact on societies through community-university
partnerships," said Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC. "The ICURA program is
funding leading-edge international research collaborations that will bring
global perspectives to the analysis and understanding of social, economic,
environmental and technological issues."
    The four successful projects, selected from over 100 applications through
a rigorous peer-review process, are as follows:

    
    Managing Adaptation to Coastal Environmental Change: Canada and the
    Caribbean

    Dan Lane                           Patrick Watson
    Telfer School of Management        Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social
    University of Ottawa               and Economic Studies
    Canada                             University of the West Indies
                                       Trinidad and Tobago

    Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction: A Canada-Africa Research and
    Learning Alliance

    Grant Murray                       Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah
    Department of Recreation and       Sunyani Polytechnic
    Tourism Management                 Ghana
    Vancouver Island University
    Canada

    Pathways to Resilience: Formal Services and Informal Support Use Patterns
    among Youth in Challenging Social Ecologies

    Michael Ungar                      Guoxiu Tian
    Maritime School of Social Work     College of Politics and Law
    Dalhousie University               Capital Normal University
    Canada                             China

    Petra Engelbrecht                  Luis F. Duque
    Faculty of Education Sciences      Facultad Nacional de Salud Publica
    North-West University,             Universidad de Antioquia
    Potchefstroom Campus               Colombia
    South Africa

    Santé mentale-Citoyenneté

    Lourdes Rodriguez                  Rosana Onocko Campos
    Ecole de service social            Faculdade de Ciências Médicas
    Université de Montréal             Universidade Estadual de Campinas
    Canada                             Brazil

    For more details on each of the projects, consult: www.idrc.ca/icura
    

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous
societies.

    About SSHRC

    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the
federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and
training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and
policies, SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada,
and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research
disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.




For further information:

For further information: Angela Pereira, Media Advisor, IDRC, (613)
696-2171, apereira@idrc.ca; Trevor Lynn, Manager, Communications, SSHRC, (613)
992-7302, trevor.lynn@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca; Gary Toft, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and
Technology), (613) 943-7599, Gary.Toft@ic.gc.ca


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