Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison James Gordon
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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Thompson Rivers University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.58 / 12.00 James Gordon
Environmental Programs and Research Coordinator
TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

In order to complete the research inventory, the following methodology was used:
• Each faculty members’ own webpage (from their respective faculty’s main website) was reviewed in order to determine if A) they had engaged in any sort of research over the last three years, and B), if they had, then if that research was ‘sustainability research’. (Seven of the Eight TRU faculties have faculty who are engaged in research).
• When questions were still unanswered after this review (for example, if faculty members websites did not show any research publications/conference presentations in the last three years), then meetings/phone calls/emails with faculty deans or secretaries, or department chairs took place in order to get clarification.
• Information from the TRU Office of Research and Graduate Studies also helped to answer some of these types of questions as well as other, more general types of questions about who is doing sustainability research .

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

The following points, highlights some of these notable accomplishments:
• Heather Richards, MSc Environmental Science and Lauchlan Fraser, Natural Resource Science, TRU. “Mapping Soil Carbon in BC Grasslands: Beefing up the Discussion Surrounding Grazing and Carbon Sequestration.” 2014 Society for Range Management Pacific Northwest Section Fall Symposium. Kamloops, BC. October 15-17, 2014.

The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

Number of faculty involved in sustainability research (73) involves a summation of names in the list entitled "Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research". This list also includes the number of academic departments (23) with staff involved in sustainability research. The total number of faculty (215) doing research is for the past 12 months only.

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