Posted July 2, 2009
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Environment

University of Ottawa professor co-directs a $2 million international research partnership

OTTAWA — An international research team co-directed by Dr. Dan Lane, professor at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management, will participate in a unique $2 million international research partnership that will respond to pressing environmental issues in Canada and the Caribbean.

As part of the International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) program, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the partnership will bring together university-based experts from Canada and developing countries to work with community members who will directly benefit from the research and training.

“Collaboration and knowledge-sharing is crucial to advance research,” said Mona Nemer, Vice-President of Research at the University of Ottawa. “This partnership underscores our role as a socially responsible institution committed to working on global issues.”

“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.”

Managing Adaptation to Coastal Environmental Change: Canada and the Caribbean
A team of 16 researchers lead by Dr. Lane and Dr. Patrick Watson, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, along with 17 partner organizations will investigate the complex dynamic between protected natural areas and their adjacent communities in Canada, Tanzania, and Ghana. Their work will develop new insights on how protected areas can maximize the delivery of equitable benefits, how to manage human-wildlife interactions and improve the governance of protected areas. Most importantly, the project aims to mobilize knowledge-sharing among academic researchers, community organizations, visitors and managers.

The University of Ottawa, one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, is dedicated to forging collaborative research on pressing global issues. We are committed to excellence and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation that attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.


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