We would like to invite you to the upcoming Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) at Concordia University in Montreal. This is an exciting opportunity for students, researchers and members of the general public to learn from seasoned academics, politicians and policy makers. Please take a look and also share this invitation with your networks.
We hope to welcome you to the WSSR in 2014!
Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR)
For the sixth year, Concordia University’s Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) are offering a series of short, intensive educational experiences and networking opportunities that allow participants to develop their critical thinking skills, make new contacts, and succeed as future decision makers.
Several influential public figures and renowned academics will offer workshops aboutDemocratic GovernancePublic Policy, and Research Methodology (see below for a list of our instructors). These seminars are an exceptional opportunity for students and participants from all walks of life to gain direct access to and engage with individuals with first-hand experience in the field.
Located on Concordia University’s vibrant downtown campus right at the heart of Montreal, this is a great chance for you to combine unique summer learning with the exciting sights and sounds of this exceptional city.
Workshops range from one to five days and are offered both for credit and non-credit. Drawing participants from other universities, civil servants, professionals from the private sector, and members of the general public, the WSSR are open to anyone eager to advance their skills and perspectives.
Whether you wish to attend a single workshop or many, you can join us at any time from May 1-July 17, 2014.
Spaces are limited so find out more and register today!
Click here to find out more: www.concordia.ca/wssr  or download our program at: http://goo.gl/cW6sNt
Elections & Democracy
May 1 - Managing Provincial Elections in Quebec (in French), with Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec
May 5-6 - Managing Provincial Elections: The BC Perspective, with Dr. Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia
June 3-4 - Changing Canada’s Electoral System, with Dr. John Courtney, Senior Policy Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University Saskatchewan
June 16-17 - Electoral and Democratic Reform: What Should We Do? with Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Former Chief Electoral Officer of Canada
June 16-17 - Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them, with Susan Delacourt, Senior Political Writer, Toronto Star and Dr. Don Lenihan, Senior Associate, Public Policy Forum
July 16-17 - Electoral Integrity, with Dr. Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University
Free Speech
May 8-9 - Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Agewith Dr. Tom Flanagan, Former Chief Campaign Organizer and Political Advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Integrity, Corruption, Accountability & Democratic Reform
May 5 - How We Can Govern Canada Ethically, with Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and Former Associate Deputy Minister of Justice
May 21 - Democratic Reform in Canada and What is Needed, with Honourable Michael Chong, Former Cabinet Member and Member of Parliament, Wellington-Halton Hills
May 30 - Improving Accountability in the Senate and What Can be Done, with HonourableSenator James Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
June 2 - Accountability in the Senate, with Dr. Gary W. O’Brien, Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments
June 9 - Principled Leadership and Politics, with Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Former Premier of Ontario and Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Municipal Politics
May 8-9 - After Fusion and Collusion: It’s Time to Fix Montreal’s Municipal Governance, with Peter F. Trent, Mayor of Westmount
June 23 - Sustainability in the City, with David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and President and CEO of World Wildlife
Fund – Canada
Natural Resources and the Environment
May 22-23 - The Environment and Democratic Governance, with Honourable Stéphane Dion, Former Minister of Environment, Architect of The Green Shift
May 26-27 - Politics of Natural Resource Extraction: What’s at Stake? with Honourable Stockwell Day, Former President of the Treasury Board
Parliamentary Democracy
May 6-7 - The Parliamentary Process and Procedures, with Honourable Don Boudria, Former Cabinet Minister
Polling and Democracy
Date TBD - The Future of Polling and Democracy, with Bruce Anderson, Chairman at Abacus Data, Principal at Anderson Insight, and Political commentator on the At Issue Panel
Rights, Diversity and Minorities
June 5-6 - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Its Purpose and its Progress, with Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
June 23 and 25 - The Political Accommodation of Cultural Differences in Multicultural Societies, with Dr. Matteo Gianni, Associate Professor, University of Geneva
June 26-27 - Bridging the Divide: Managing Languages in Canada, with Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages in Canada
June 16-17 - Dealing with Disasters: How Governments Cope with Unexpected Events, with Dr. Saundra Schneider
Public Policy and Public Service
May 26-27 - The Responsibility for Care: The State of Elder Care in Quebec, with Nancy Guberman, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
May 29-30 - Social Welfare Policy: the New Brunswick Experience, with James Hughes, Former Deputy Minister of New Brunswick’s Department of Social Development
June 5-6 - Cost Projection and Why it Matters, with Kevin Page, Former Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Luc Pépin Research
Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
June 10-11 - Social Gerontology in Practice, with the Leading Practices Team in Social Gerontology, CSSS Cavendish – CAU and Cindy Starnino, Director of Quality, Performance and the University Mission, CSSS Cavendish – CAU
June 12-13 - The Role of Government, with Mel Cappe, Professor, School of Community and Public Governance and Former Clerk of the Privy Council
June 16-17 - Aging and the Territorial Politics of Social Policy, with Dr. Daniel Béland, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Qualitative Methods
May 22-23 - Focus Groups, with Sébastien Dallaire, Associate Vice President, Léger
May 28-30 - Discourse Analysis, with Dr. Lea Sgier, Assistant Professor, Central European University, Budapest
June 2-4 - Causal Case Studies, with Dr. Derek Beach, Associate Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Quantitative Methods
June 18-19 - Statistical Graphics for Visualizing Data, with Dr. William Jacoby, Professor, Michigan State University
Quantitative Methods (ICPSR Summer Program Workshops)
June 2-6 - Introduction to Regression Analysis, with Dr. Saundra Schneider, Professor, Michigan State University
June 9-13 - Multivariate Models for Social Scientists and Policy Analysts: Choices, Interventions, Dynamics, with Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor, University of Texas at Dallas and Dr. Guy Whitten, Professor and Director of the European Union Center at Texas A & M University
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Meet the Keynotes!

Published on 03 April 2014 by in ESAC News


This year’s conference keynote speakers address the multiple ways in which “Beyond Boundaries” thinking is being utilized in the environmental field. For full conference details and preliminary schedule, visit http://congress2014.ca/program/events/conference-esac-259

Dr_Vasseur_1Liette Vasseur

Breaking the Barriers: Valuing Sustainability Through Collaboration

Various environmental changes including climate has increased pressures on communities across the world to find solutions to better adapt to this new conditions. Solutions may not need to be only technical as often advocated but they can be of various nature. Through examples, I examine how it is possible to collaboratively find solutions and strategies that may help improve sustainability of communities not only in Canada but beyond our borders. These examples will make us travel to Africa and China to look at sustainable agriculture, food security, gender, climate change and how an ecosystem-based approach can be used to link communities and nature in adaptation.

Dr. Vasseur will be presenting her keynote address on Day 1 of the conference from 9:15-10:15am. For more information on her research, visit https://brocku.ca/environmental-sustainability-research-centre/who-s-involved-/members/liette-vasseur


DOUBLEDAY_NancyNancy Doubleday

Transdisciplinarity for Peace and Sustainability: Border-crossing Challenges for Global Citizens 

A provocative and wide-ranging exploration of our understanding of the transformatory power of transdisciplinary research in theory and practice, of making sense of change in social-cultural-ecological systems and of our attempts to situate our research, ethics, and relationships within the broader struggles for peace, health, sustainability and justice.

Dr. Doubleday will be presenting her keynote address on Day 2 of the conference from 9:15-10:15am. For more information on her research, visit: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~philos/people/profile_doubleday.php


OliverBrandesOliver Brandes

Fresh Thinking on our Water Future – Lessons from Law and Governance Reform

The topic will be emerging trends and opportunities in water law, policy and governance – with a focus BC’s Water Law Modernization process as a case study including implications and ramification for the future of Canada’s fresh water.

Mr. Brandes will be presenting his keynote address on Day 3 of the conference from 8:30-9:30am. For more information on his research, visit http://www.polisproject.org/people/rountable/brandes




Ella Haley

Dr. Haley was the recipient of the 2013 ESAC ECO-Award, an award created to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals or groups who are working together to build partnerships and networks within the field of environmental studies, who increase environmental awareness through education and outreach, and who promote the mobilization of knowledge and research into action and practice. Said to embody the criteria of this award, Dr. Haley is a founding member and Executive Director of Sustainable Brant, a founding Board member of the Langford Conservancy, and is a member of the National Farmers Union and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Sciences at Athabasca University. Dr. Haley has worked tirelessly on land conservation issues, and has dedicated her career to bringing numerous stakeholders together for the betterment of community and environment.

Dr. Haley will be presenting her keynote address on Day 3 of the conference during the conference closing from 11:45am-12:45pm.


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Deadline Extended to Friday, April 4th, 2014 at Midnight, EST


The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to extend a call for nominations for the annual Environmental Community’s Organizer (ECO-Award). Each year, the ECO-Award honours an individual, team, or organization which has positively contributed to the field of environmental studies in Canada through community-building, research, knowledge-to-action, or innovations in practice or approaches.

This award was created during ESAC’s 2012 annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, and has since had two recipients: Ms. Kira Jade Cooper (2012) and Dr. Ella Haley (2013).

The ECO-Award selection committee will evaluate nominees upon the following general criteria:
• Works within the field of environmental studies in Canada;
• Contributes to community-building within the field of environmental studies through the creation of partnerships, networks, relationships, and projects;
• Demonstrates collaborative and reciprocal relationships and partnerships to address issues of importance to the field of environmental studies;
• Increases environmental awareness through knowledge-sharing and outreach activities;
• Encourages environmental action and empowers and supports others to become involved in activities related to
the field of environmental studies;
• Promotes the mobilization of knowledge and research to action and practice.

Nominations for or applications from individuals, groups, or organizations who work in interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams to advance the field of environmental studies through the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative collaborations and networks are particularly encouraged.
This award is made possible by a healthy level of participation and membership in the environmental studies community. All nominators and nominees are encouraged to participate in ESAC by maintaining their ESAC memberships or becoming members.

Nominations will be due electronically on Friday, April 4th by midnight (EST) to Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, ESAC Board Member, at ashlee_cunsolowillox@cbu.ca.

Selection for the award will be made by the ESAC Board. Winners will be notified by the end of April, 2013, and officially announced and honoured at the annual ESAC conference at Brock University, Ontario, as part of Congress 2014.

We are grateful to the media sponsorship for the ECO-Award kindly provided by Alternatives Journal.

To access the nomination form, please visit: http://www.esac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ECO-Award-Nomination-Form.pdf

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Banquet Information!

Published on 20 March 2014 by in ESAC News


The conference is soon approaching! Don’t leave getting your Banquet ticket to the last minute; only a limited number are available and they are sure to sell out fast! This is going to be a great night in the heart of wine country!

A fun, tasty evening out with the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Cartographic Association!
When: Thursday, May 29th 2014 6:30-10:30pm
Where: Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
Price: $70

All fees include transportation by bus to/from Brock University.
Payment is required by May 1, 2014, otherwise space at the banquet cannot be assured.

ESAC Banquet Participation Form

Completed forms, along with your total payment (in Canadian dollars) by cheque (made payable to Brock University), may be sent to us by mail:

Attention: Virginia Wagg
Department of Geography
Brock University
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1

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1361546374EECapacity is excited to announce the launch of a new fellowship program focused on climate change, education, and community engagement!

The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with generous support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. The fellowship will promote leadership, networking, innovation, as well as creative strategies for reaching new and under-represented audiences. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.

EECapacity CCC Fellowship
Applications are due April 18th, 2014.

For more information or to apply, visit www.eecapacity.net/ccc-fellowship

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The School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) invites applications for an 11-month limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing August 1, 2014.

SRES provides a dynamic setting for creative interdisciplinary scholarship, and excels in delivering policy-relevant scholarly knowledge in its research, teaching, and community-service activities. Teaching at SRES is delivered principally in three degree programs: the Bachelor of Management, the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM), and the Master of Environmental Studies (MES).

The successful candidate will be required to teach five half-credit courses, advise students in MREM internships and projects, as well as engage in School-level administrative work. We seek applicants with demonstrated teaching competence across a range of course offerings at the School. In particular, applicants must be able to teach a minimum of four of the following courses: MGMT 2702: Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management II; MGMT 3702: Sustainable Industries; ENVI 5500: Socio-Political Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management; ENVI 5505: Biophysical Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management; ENVI 5031: Economics for Resource and Environmental Management; and ENVI 5035: Research Design and Methods. Calendar entries for these courses can be seen in the Dalhousie University undergraduate and graduate calendars: https://www.dal.ca/academics/academic_calendars.html.

Applicants must have a completed PhD, enthusiasm and demonstrated potential to teach in diverse settings (large and small undergraduate classes as well as graduate classes) across the range of courses listed above. Ability and willingness to work with colleagues are required.

The School for Resource and Environmental Studies is part of the Faculty of Management, which has a unique commitment to values-based management and interdisciplinary research and learning. Thus, the successful candidate will have opportunities to work with like-minded colleagues in the sister Rowe School of Business, School of Public Administration and School of Information Management. Information about SRES can be found at http://www.dal.ca/faculty/management/sres.html.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

Applicants should send a cover letter, c.v., contact details for three academic referees, and a statement of teaching competencies related directly to four or more of the courses listed above to Ms. Brenda Smart (Brenda.smart@dal.ca), School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University 6100 University Avenue, Suite 5010, PO Box 15000, Halifax NS Canada, B3H 4R2, no later than April 15th, 2014.

Dalhousie SRES Assistant Prof.

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The online semi-annual publication, The Goose: Journal for Arts, Literature, and Culture in Canada features creative and multi-disciplinary scholarly and essay writing, visual arts, and book reviews pertaining to Canadian and international works about environment, place, and nature writing. Though specializing in the works of and about Canadian artists, poets and writers, The Goose welcomes international contributions as well. They are currently moving The Goose to a new home, which will support non-print media (podcasts/audio files and video).

Currently inviting submissions in any of these areas, preferrably previously unpublished:

-short fiction
-excerpts from longer fictional/nonfictional works in progress
-literary essay
-photo essay
-short memoir
-multi-disciplinary scholarly papers
-journalistic writing
-visual art projects
-multi-media projects
-or propose an area not listed here; open to innovative forms.

If you are interested in proposing a Guest Edited issue of The Goose. Please send either Lisa or Paul (emails below) a 250-300 word proposal.

For book reviews contact our Reviews Editor: Amanda Di Battista

For all other enquiries and submissions please contact either Editors:
Lisa Szabo-Jones: lszabo@ualberta.ca or Paul Huebener: paulhuebener@icloud.com

(Also, they are always seeking one-off photos to accompany written pieces. Please send those to Lisa Szabo-Jones: lisa.szabo@hotmail.com. For photo essays, see the contacts above)

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Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren’t We?
Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014

No issue is more urgent than climate change, yet governments, corporations, and the public seem reluctant to change. This conference poses the question, what is slowing or stopping us from making the changes mandated by climate change? This conference will examine the psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures that impede change as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience in the face of climate change.

Keynote address: Frances Beinecke, President of the National Resources Defense Council, at 6pm, April 24.

Other speakers include Robert Inglis, former Senator, Founder of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative; Guy Nordenson, structural engineer and adviser to MoMA’s Rising Currents show; Michael Oppenheimer, Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University; Elke Weber, Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University; and Paul Stern, Director of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change at the National Academies of Science.

FREE www.newschool.edu/cps/climate-change
31st Social Research conference at The New School
University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York City

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Porto, Portugal // 4-8 July 2014

Porto University (UP-FL) and the National Science Foundation (FCT), with the support of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), and the Research Centre for Tran disciplinary Studies, Culture, Space and Memory (CITCEM) are organizing the 5th ESEH Summer School 2014.

This four-day ESEH graduate student Summer School will take place immediately before the 2nd WORLD CONGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY to be held in Guimarães, Portugal, from July 8th to 12th, 2014.

Our goal is to gather some 15 graduate (and post-doctoral) researchers with junior and senior scholars who will all give formal and informal presentations, individually and in groups, for promoting rich methodological discussions. Places are available for doctoral students and immediate postdocs.

Place and date:

Porto, Portugal, 4-8 July 2014
(arrival on 4th July by 12:00 and departure on 8th July at 12:00 to Guimarães)

Themes and Orientations of the Program

Under the umbrella theme “The Sea as a Whole”, this Summer school seeks to be inclusive in developing sub-topics that deal with the oceans in a broad sense such as:

- Rethinking sources and methodology: theory and interdisciplinary beyond a nationalist history
- The long term interaction of humans and marine life: how changed marine fauna ecosystems across centuries
- Colonial history and biological exchange across oceans
- Environmental concerns and disasters (climate, sea level, etc.) as a narrative of communities’ resilience

Structure of the Conference

In a friendly atmosphere, the Porto Summer School will provide each student the opportunity to present and discuss their work to colleagues and to specialists of the field.

The days will be structured around lectures and discussions, participants’ presentations, fieldwork and field trips.

Participants will be asked to give a presentation (15 minutes) on the sources, archives, and documents of any kind that form the basis of their research. Students do not need to be specialists in oceans to participate; any historical work that touches upon oceans or seas is welcome.

During the Summer School students will create scientific posters about their work. Five of these posters will be presented in one of the sessions of the “Second World Congress of Environmental History, Environmental History in the Making”: 8-12 July 2014, Guimarães, Portugal.

Registration details

An application for the summer school consists of sending the organizers a single email note [Subject Line: ESEH 2013 Summer School] that includes: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) an abstract and outline of the doctoral thesis or other work that states the main challenges and research questions (no more than 500 words), and 3) a letter of support from a faculty member.

All accepted participants will receive free room & board during this four-day seminar (in shared rooms), but participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Porto, Portugal.

Working language is English.


Please send all queries (and application) to: Inês Amorim, inesamorimflup@gmail.com

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Check out the preliminary ESAC Conference schedule to get a head start on planning your time at Congress 2014! And be sure to make time for our social events as well- after all, all work and no play make conferences a dull day! Highlights include:

-ESAC Annual General Meeting (Tuesday 4:30-5:00pm)
-ESAC’s Wine & Cheese Reception and Awards (Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm)
-President’s Reception (Wednesday 5:00-7:00pm)
-FIELD TRIPS!!! Winery Tour or Niagara Escarpment Hike (Thursday 1:15-4:30pm)
-Banquet Celebration at the Ravine Vineyard Winery Restaurant (Thursday 6:30-8:30pm)

Conference Schedule

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