Sustainability research effectiveness
Our research program aims to improve the contributions that research makes to social change processes. The program recognizes that contemporary sustainability challenges are complex and require innovative solutions. It appreciates that dedicated researchers are experimenting with new ways to design and implement research that is more engaged, pluralistic, and democratic in order to be more effective. This creates a great opportunity and a need to analyze and learn from experience.
Our program has developed a conceptual framework, tools and methods for assessing the quality and effectiveness of change-oriented research. By applying this approach to evaluate, analyse and compare a series of completed research projects, we can learn what works and what does not work in specific contexts and generate lessons for researchers, research managers, research funders, and society more generally.
In our program, we:
- explore theories of social change as they apply to sustainability research and knowledge translation;
- develop and refine concepts of effective research design and implementation;
- conduct case-studies and comparative analyses of completed research projects.
Exploring Social Theory Underpinning Sustainability Research Effectiveness
Characterizing Transdisciplinary Research Quality for Effective Design, Implementation and Assessment
How can the characteristics of high quality research be used for effective design and assessment?
To what extent and how do Royal Roads University graduate research projects contribute to social change?
Keep up-to-date on the findings of our research by visiting our resources page. Our peer-reviewed publications are available for download.