Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.91 / 12.00 Justine Bochenek
Sustainability Intern
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
862

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
243

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
28.19

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
46

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
34

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
73.91

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

See attached file.


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

At the University of Victoria, there are many faculty, staff and students engaged in sustainability research. For the purposes of this inventory, only faculty members who have titles of teaching professor, assistant/associate professor or professor were included.

The researchers were evaluated on the implications of their research using the definition developed by through the collaborative efforts of AVP Research, AVP Academic Planning, Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, three faculty representatives from differing departments, and one staff member from the School of Business. It was created for sustainability in curriculum and research as a supplement to the definition of sustainability found in the UVic Sustainability Policy. https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/assets/docs/policies/GV0800_1794_.pdf

The definition: Sustainability research examines forces affecting local and global ecological, economic, social, health and cultural challenges. It helps societies flourish without compromising the future. Sustainability research is typically but not exclusively focused on solutions.

The total number of potential faculty researchers was provided by the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost. Research information for each of these faculty members and was collected July 2019.

Each researcher was evaluated against the list of current researchers, thereby removing retired or researchers who have not conducted any research in the past three years. New researchers were also added based on keywords identified in their online research biography listed on the university website. Some of keywords that were included in the inventory, are “climate change”, “conservation”, “human rights”, “inequalities,” to name a few.

Finally, the remaining list of faculty were emailed to confirm that they support the acknowledgement that their research relates to the UVic definition of sustainability research. They were asked to opt-out of being identified as a sustainability researcher if their most recent research (over the past three years) did not fit the definition.

Departments included in sustainability research are if one or more of the confirmed sustainability researchers were listed on the department website, either directly or as an affiliate of that department.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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