Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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University of Victoria
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Dr. Catherine Mateer
Assoicate Vice President Academic Planning
Vice President Academic & Provost
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is a interdisciplinary knowledge network, the hub of which is located at the University of Victoria, that brings together leading researchers from British Columbia (BC) and around the world to study the impacts of climate change and to develop positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation. PICS is a collaboration between the four major research intensive Universities in BC (UVic, UBC, UNBC, and SFU) and functions to promote sustainable research among students from all partner institutions. To promote this research, PICS offers graduate fellowships, post doctoral fellowships, and an internship program that funds public sector and non-profit organizations to hire students from the four PICS universities to work on climate change research and policy projects around the province.


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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria is a interdisciplinary research institute that provides a unique space for faculty and student researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and engineering to collaborate on alternative energy research. This program was established in 1989 as a hydrogen and fuel cell research centre, but it has since boarded its focus to include low carbon energy systems and renewable energy, which according to the Institutes research mission statement, is with the "future always in mind, considering what sustainable energy systems should look like, what technology and knowledge are needed to implement them and how these elements might be feasibly developed and distributed." In 2013, four researchers were receiving grants through IESVic.


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Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
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The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

The UVic library hosts a subject librarian who is dedicated, in part, to the School of Environmental Studies. This individual provides in depth research support for students and faculty working on sustainability related research initiatives.


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UVic hosts a number of research centres and two of these are relevant to supporting sustainability research. These include the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. These organization provide funding, but they also provide a interdisciplinary space for applied research on the topic of sustainability to be collaborated upon.

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