Call for submissions: Case studies

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices invites interested Indigenous independent researchers, Indigenous Knowledge Holders, PhD and Postdoctoral researchers, and Indigenous consultants to apply.

Apply by: 30.11.2020

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is a newly-established independent research institute with a commitment to providing policy advice based on sound, credible and inclusive research. We aim to integrate research on adaptation, mitigation and clean growth to support more effective policy outcomes.

Our work focuses on providing practical, evidence-based advice on policy that can advance the country toward a future that is low-carbon, resilient to a changing climate, prosperous, and inclusive. For more details on work and mandate, visit the What We Do page as well as our first major report, Charting our Course.

We are committed to ensuring that our work supports Indigenous self-determination and that Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing are reflected in policy recommendations. The Institute recognizes that this work must be led by and for Indigenous people. Historically, research in Indigenous communities and Northern communities has neglected the expertise of Indigenous peoples. We want to amplify Indigenous voices, research and worldviews to ensure that our research meaningfully and inclusively embodies First Nation, Métis and Inuit perspectives to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of policy recommendations moving forward.

In particular, we want to profile successes and lessons-learned through case studies of Indigenous experience with respect to climate change, climate injustice, climate change policy, and clean growth.  These case studies should be firmly rooted in specific times and places, and should contain and explore particular events, policies, or communities in detail.  Ideally, they would also demonstrate insights that can be applied in other contexts or to broader policy design. 

Our organization invites interested Indigenous researchers—including but not limited to independent researchers, Indigenous Knowledge Holders, Indigenous PhD and Postdoctoral researchers, and Indigenous consultants—to submit abstract proposals highlighting policy lessons specific to Indigenous communities across adaptation, mitigation and/or clean growth perspectives. Where possible, we encourage applicants to draw on traditional knowledge, two-eyed seeing and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. Case studies should be as narrowly scoped as possible and should seek to explore impacts, implications, and/or experiences connected to climate change,climate injustice, climate change policy (or the absence thereof) in specific times and places.

Each applicant will work with Institute Staff, Advisors, and Expert and Knowledge Holder Panelists in their area of interest (Mitigation, Adaptation and Clean Growth). These abstracts can either be related to work that is underway (connected to a PhD or Post-Doc) or original research. Selected candidates will have these case studies published on Climate Choices website and—should the applicant wish—will have the opportunity to weave these into future reports and policy recommendations.

While we are open to a wide range of potential case study topics within these parameters, we are particularly interested in case studies that align with current research underway at the Institute, including:

  • Prosperous, resilient pathways to net zero emissions
  • The costs and impacts of climate change and the benefits of adaptation
  • Risks and opportunities for Canada and the competitiveness of Canadian businesses in the global transition to a low-carbon economy

We are also particularly interested in case studies that explore gaps in our research, including:

  • Indigenous governance models that could inform the larger Climate Accountability Framework, or ideas for how the framework could best uphold Indigenous rights and meaningfully engage Indigenous peoples as partners in the process
  • Decolonized assessment of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
  • Intersectional climate change issues (e.g. racism and climate change, food sovereignty, food security, biodiversity and climate research)
  • Renewable energy generation in remote Indigenous communities (e.g., displacement of diesel fuel).

We encourage mixed-media, digital storytelling and creative ways to communicate the results of case studies and lessons-learned to a broader audience.

Chosen applicants will receive a research stipend of $10,000-$15,000 to be allocated in two installments. This is a competitive process. Six to nine applicants will be selected in this first call.

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⚠️ Deadline for Applications: EXTENDED to Monday, November 30, 2020 @4 pm PST

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