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Research Pathways

Prairie Centre

The Prairie Centre involves six universities - Alberta, Calgary, Manitoba, Regina, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg. The Centre is based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and its Director is from this university. The Centre's research program covers the following domains:

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Social and Cultural
  • Health
  • Citizenship and Political

The Prairie Centre launches its research activities through annual Request for Proposals (RFP). The five broad research domains determine the scope of the RFP. In designing projects in response to the RFP, researchers must indicate in their submissions, the policy linkages of the proposed research and describe details of consultations with policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The Centre has recently strengthened its strategic research planning capacity by initiating an annual research workshop focusing on ways of engaging stakeholders in the definition of its future research program. The workshop resulted in the restructuring of research domains, particularly the addition of a new Health domain. This, and the discussion on identifying stakeholders' research priorities, indirectly influenced subsequent research proposals, even though the workshop was not a forum to develop the RFP content. Another workshop outcome was the decision to establish teams to carry out more integrated research defined by domain-driven research agendas (while still preserving the annual grant competition). The first workshop was held from October 29 to 31, 1998. About ninety representatives from the federal and provincial governments, the research community and NGOs actively participated in this event. The Centre plans to hold its second annual research workshop in the fall of 1999.

The Program Committee and the Board of Governors are responsible for the approval of projects submitted in response to the RFP. Representatives from the federal government, research community and NGOs sit on both committees; in addition, provincial and municipal government representatives sit on the Board of Governors (see Appendix 2 for committee membership). The Program Committee, appointed by the Board of Governors, reviews the research proposals submitted under the RFP and makes recommendations for the awarding of research grants. Program Committee funding recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Governors for final funding approval. In addition to this function, the Board has the broad mandate of overseeing the affairs of the Centre.

The Prairie Centre's research planning, design and approval process is summarized in Table 2. Further information about the Centre can be found at http://pcerii.metropolis.net.


Table 2: Prairie Centre's Research Planning, Design and Approval Process

Stages on the Research Pathway

Committee/Forum/Participants

Function and activities

Strategic Planning Annual Research Workshop To discuss ways of engaging stakeholders in research planning

To define the Centre's research program, however not to determine the RFP

Project Design Individual researchers respond to RFP

 

 

Develop research proposals according to RFP guidelines

Guidelines requirement: researchers indicate in their submissions i) the policy linkages of the proposed research and ii) the details of consultations with policy-makers and other stakeholders

Approval 1: Project Adjudication Program Committee

· 10 members: 1 Centre Director, 5 domain leaders, 1 researcher, 1 Centre Coordinator, 1 federal, 1 NGO

Reviews research projects and makes funding recommendations to Board of Governors
Approval 2: Project Funding Decision Board of Governors

· 18 members: voting: 1 Centre Director, 6 researchers (participating university representatives), 2 federal, 1 provincial, 2 municipal, 3 NGOs

non-voting: 1 Centre Coordinator, 1 SSHRC*, 1 MPT *

Approves funding

* SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  MPT: Metropolis Project Team at Citizenship and Immigration Canada


APPENDIX 2: PRAIRIE CENTRE'S COMMITTEES

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Baha Abu-Laban
Centre Director

Prairie Centre Director University of Alberta
1-17 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

780-492-7888 780-492-2594 abulaban@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca

 

Fairborz Birjandian
(NGO representative)

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society 3rd Flr., 120 - 17 Avenue SWCalgary, AB T2S 2T2
403-262-2006
ext.-760
403-262-2033 ccis@cadvision.com

 

Joan Brownridge
(municipal govt representative)

City of Saskatoon
Race Relations Branch
222 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5
306-975-7826 306-975-7712 joan.brownridge
@city.saskatoon.sk.ca

 

Meyer Burstein
(non-voting member)

Executive Head
Metropolis Project Citizenship & Immigration
365 Laurier Ave. West Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1
613-957-5971 613-957-5968 meyer.burstein
@9522apx.cina.cic.x400.gc.ca

 

Tom Carter

Winnipeg University
Department of Geography
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

204-786-9237 204-774-4134 tom.carter@uwinnipeg.ca

 

Tracey Derwing

University of Alberta
Department of Educational Psychology
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5

780-492-3668 780-492-1318 Tracey.derwing@ualberta.ca

 

Polo H. Diaz

University of Regina
Dept. of Sociology & Social Studies
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

306-585-4158 306-585-4815 diazha@leroy.cc.uregina.ca

 

Julie Dompierre
(federal govt representative)

Research Analyst
Status of Women Canada
350 Albert St., suite 520
Ottawa, ON K1A 1C3

613-995-3071 613-957-3359 dompierrej@swc-cfc.gc.ca

 

Ms. Gordana Krcevinac (non-voting member)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street,
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4
613-992-4227 613-947-0223 gordana.krcevinac@sshrc.ca
Ana Maria Fantino
(NGO representative)

Edmonton Catholic Social Services
10709 - 105 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 2X3
780-424-3545 780-425-6627 afantino@oanet.com

 

Shiva Halli

University of Manitoba
Department of Sociology
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

204-474-6058 204-261-1216 halli@cc.umanitoba.ca

 

Keith Karasin
(NGO representative)

Regina Open Door Society
1855 Smith Street
Regina, SK S4P 2N5
306-352-3500 306-757-8166 reg.open.dr@sk.sympatico.ca

 

Barbara Leung
(provincial govt representative) Alberta

Advanced Education and Career Development
8th Flr. Commerce Place 10155 -102 Street
Edmonton, AB T2J 4L5
780-427-5718 780-422-1297 barbara.leung@aecd.gov.ab.ca

 

Kelly McKean
(non-voting member)

Secretary to the Board
Centre Administrative Coordinator
University of Alberta
1-17 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5
780-492-0898 780-492-2594 kmckean@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca

 

Sheri Musa
(municipal govt representative)

City of Winnipeg
Community & Race Relations Committee
510 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B9
204-986-4167 204-947-3452 crace@mb.sympatico.ca

 

Stephen Randall
Chair of the Board

University of Calgary
Dean, Social Sciences
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

403-220-6151 403-282-8606 srandall@acs.ucalgary.ca

 

Terry Wotherspoon

University of Saskatchewan
Department of Sociology
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

306-966-6925 306-966-6950 wotherspoon@sask.usask.ca

 


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Baha Abu-Laban
Committee Chair

Prairie Centre Director
University of Alberta
1-17 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

780-492-7888 780-492-2594 abulaban@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca

 

Tom Denton
(NGO representative)

Citizenship Council of Manitoba
406 Edmonton Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2M2
204-943-9158 204-949-0734 icentre@escape.ca

 

Douglas Durst
Social and Cultural Domain

Faculty of Social Work
University of Regina Regina, SK S4S 0A2

306-585-4577 306-585-4872 doug.durst@uregina.ca

 

Yvonne Hebert
Education Domain

University of Saskatchewan
Department of Political Science
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

306-220-7361 306-282-8479 yhebert@acs.ucalgary.ca

 

Derek Hum
(Member-at-large)

University of Manitoba
St. John's College
Department of Economics
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M5
204-474-8103 204-253-5206 dhum@cc.umanitoba.ca

 

Rashmi Joshee
(federal govt representative)

Canadian Identity & Cultural Development
Canadian Heritage
9700 Jasper Avenue,
suite 1630
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3
403-495-6944 403-495-4873 rashmi_joshee@pch.gc.ca

 

Peter Li
Economic Domain

University of Saskatchewan
Department of Sociology
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

306-966-6936 306-966-6953 li@sask.usask.ca

 

Kelly McKean
Secretary to the Board

Centre Administrative Coordinator
University of Alberta
1-17 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

780-492-0898 780-492-2594 kmckean@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca

 

Linda Ogilvie
Health Domain

University of Alberta
Faculty of Nursing
5-112G Clinical Science
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G3

403-492-9109 403 492-2551 logilvie@ua-nursing.ualberta.ca

 

Citizenship and Political Domain Leader

TBA, for information contact Baha Abu-Laban (listed above)

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