Research & Academics
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Research & Academics

The University of Manitoba has a long and proud history of education and research for sustainable development. The University is continually working to integrate sustainability education into our teaching and research across campus. This section reflects the central mandate of the University to preserve, communicate and apply knowledge that contributes to the well-being of our community and the world. Encompasses transformative, innovative research, and experiential learning.

What have we done so far?

Here are some highlights from the previous strategy:


GOAL:

Increase interdisciplinary, collaborative and experiential learning opportunities that address global sustainability issues such as social justice, health and well-being, sustainable food systems, agriculture and water management systems.

COMMITMENTS:

  • Increase staff and student engagement in research projects that address the United Nations SDGs and other sustainability projects.
  • Increase the number of living lab projects by promoting the program to the University community and encouraging new opportunities for an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary approach.
  • Promote and utilize the Fort Garry campus permaculture garden for experiential learning opportunities.
  • Promote sustainability-related courses across all disciplines, including capstone courses, and seek to develop a specialized sustainability-themed capstone course.
  • Develop and implement a strategic communication program to showcase the University’s sustainability research and teaching achievements to engage the broader community in advancing sustainability locally and globally.
  • Develop guidelines for University research project proposals that consider sustainability aspects such as emission reductions, green procurement and waste reduction within research activities.
  • Explore the creation of a degree designation in Sustainability Studies for students in any program to be able to access.
  • Create an institutional pathway for researchers and students to obtain approval where necessary and support for demonstrative research and beta testing sustainability concepts on campus.
  • Investigate and create a collaborative digital platform and physical spaces to support interdisciplinary research and learning opportunities.

GOAL:

Explore and support the connection of Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies through research, teaching and learning.

COMMITMENTS:

  • Develop partnerships with Indigenous partners, faculty, staff and students, including the department of Native Studies, to highlight and increase experiential learning and research on sustainability issues.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous partners, Elders and communities in the development of course content and structure to reflect Indigenous practices and language.

GOAL:

Increase number of courses that collectively address sustainability as an integrated concept having social, economic and environmental dimensions.

COMMITMENTS:

  • Create an award for sustainability teaching to celebrate the efforts and provide a cross- institutional learning framework.
  • Provide resources and incentives for faculty in all disciplines to revise existing courses and create new projects that have sustainability as a core principle.