Research highlights

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Research at Royal Roads explores issues ranging from local to global, contributes to positive change, inspires action and addresses the most pressing challenges of our time.

Our research is designed to directly benefit the communities in which we live, work and play. This is at the heart of our role as a changemaking university

RRU research highlights: a focus on climate and sustainability

  • Explore RRU Research in Action highlighting a wide range of research with direct impacts on solving the complex issues of our day.
  • Reimagining Capitalism - Julie MacArthur, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair
  • Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Tracy Smith-Carrier, Canada Research Chair 
  • The Cascade Institute is working to tackle the complex and interwoven issues of social justice, climate change and other converging global crises.  
  • The Resilience by Design Lab (RbD) is an applied research center, with a focus on resiliency and capacity-building in a changing climate. The RbD’s projects span youth initiatives and capacity building with working professionals to enhance transformative leadership and resilience.
  • Adaptation Learning Network (ALN), a three-year, $2-million project, led by the RbD Lab and funded by Natural Resources Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. This project increased climate adaptation capacity with organizations, professionals, businesses, and communities through professional development training and networking.
  • Community, collaboration and sustainability (CoLabs) for facilitating collaboration amongst researchers, from university professors and students to non-profits, government agencies and community groups. 
  • Energy poverty and low carbon energy transitions: Runa Das explores energy poverty and what it might mean for Canadians living in both rural and urban areas. 
  • Communication, arts-based research and Indigenist approaches. Geo Takach explores intersections of environmental communication, arts-based research and Indigenist approaches, and raising awareness of (and eyebrows at) how climate change is and can be framed in public discourse.