SSH Ideas Fund

The MSSI SSH-Ideas Fund provides seed funding to explore bold projects and novel ideas led by researchers from the social sciences and humanities which, if successful, will have significant positive impact on sustainability challenges.

2020

Aquaponics Powered by Clean Energy to Reduce Poverty: A Pilot Study in Kenya

For the past 3 years, Prof. Chemin has been collaborating with a Kenyan NGO called Hydro Power Initiative and a rural community in Kenya to undertake an impact evaluation of a community-based micro-hydro project in rural Kenya. The next idea is to find an electrical appliance that can be powered by this project and reduce poverty. This project will explore the promise of aquaponics in doing so, as well as develop a working prototype. Lead researcher: by Matthieu Chemin.

Learning for the Future: Understanding the impacts of collaborative learning among future teachers and future environmental scientists as they engage in sustainability education

This project investigates the outcomes of sustainability-focussed community partnerships which pair McGill Education and Environment undergraduate students with organizations engaged in sustainability education. We will investigate the impact of these partnerships on: a) Education students’ knowledge of and perceptions of teaching for sustainability; b) perceptions that Environment students have of their role as environmental science communicators; and c) opportunities for students to learn from each other about sustainability via community-university partnerships.. Lead researcher: Allison Gonsalves.

‘I Don’t Trust Supermarket Food’: Supporting Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Asia

Increasing food production in cities and practicing environmental-friendly food production can substantially reduce the ecological and carbon footprints of cities, working towards global sustainability. Cities import food and produce waste that is seldom recycled or reused, and while 55% of people live in cities, cities create 60% of global carbon emissions. This project explores the attempts of local residents in Vietnam and Indonesia to build alternative food provisioning approaches in small cities through urban agriculture. The focus is on small cities as they are set to become the dominant urban form in the Global South in the near future. Lead researcher: Sarah Turner.

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