Shifting to sustainability requires taking a multi-faceted systems-level approach to some of the world’s knottiest problems. The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI) was founded in 2016 to mobilize McGill researchers around these sustainability challenges and to equip the next generation in the skills necessary to address these issues. In its novel approach, it provides opportunities for researchers from very different disciplines to interact and co-design projects that address complex issues from a variety of perspectives. The outcome is a robust and vibrant community of committed sustainability researchers.
The MSSI’s mission is three-fold:
- To provide support and funding for significant, impactful and socially-relevant research in sustainability
- To build McGill’s sustainability research capacity by developing connections between researchers in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities
- To provide opportunities for researchers to develop skills required to work in multidisciplinary collaborations and to disseminate that knowledge to a wider audience