A real pleasure to have collaborators in town this week for meetings on several SSHRC-funded projects. Wednesday and Thursday we’ve been talking about what’s been achieved in the HM/sustainable grazing project 2.5 years in, and what we’ll do from here on in. John Parkins, co-applicant on that grant, has come from the University of Alberta, and Carolyn Mann, RA, from Ottawa. We’ve had collaborators Marney Isaac and Ed Bork skype in from Toronto and Edmonton, respectively. The whiteboard is no longer white, but laden with scrawled insight. Tomorrow we switch gears and talk energy.
I’ve accepted a role on the Research Committee for the new non-partisan MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie. The event launch was Monday, with a discussion panel about the four research priority areas followed by a little chat by two political heavy hitters, Jean Chretien and Bob Rae, about the Institute’s namesake, Allan J. MacEachen. Disappointing that Gerald Butts had to cancel, not least given his years at the helm of WWF Canada. My most significant contribution to date has been the appreciative framing of the research area ‘Atlantic Canada and the World’:
The Institute will foster new academic research and public dialogue on issues where Atlantic Canada can lead: regional immigration and patterns of out-migration; trade-offs in transitions from non-renewable to renewable energy; … coastal development and climate adaptation; management of natural and marine resources; relations between Indigenous peoples and government agencies…
This sees the challenges of Atlantic Canada as areas we can contribute, turning our vulnerabilities to strengths. The launch was a well-attended event, a veritable sea of suits. As a member of the committee I had the honour of sitting… well, with the other several hundred who RSVPed actually. Which is about as close to the inner circle as I felt when I read later in the day about where the Institute money originated. My inattention to such details notwithstanding, it will be good to be a part of more policy-relevant work.
What a pleasure to learn I have been awarded the inaugural Faculty of Management ‘Rising Research Star‘ award, based on research performance (papers and grants) in the 2014-2015 year.