Affiliated Researcher Program
The Sustainable Cities International Affiliated Researchers Program (ARP) is a collaborative initiative bringing together top level international graduate students with the projects and expertise of SCI network member cities. The ARP fosters a three way exchange between researchers, individual cities, and the broader SCI network.
Aimed at graduate students researching urban sustainability, the ARP gives students access to innovative urban sustainability leaders and projects. Following a competitive selection process, successful applicants work with SCI and local project staff to plan and implement their research program. SCI provides Affiliated Researchers (ARs) with guidance and helps facilitate their research work on the ground. For their part, ARs feed their research back into the SCI network, providing analytical insights into the strengths, weaknesses, and larger context for work going on in SCI member cities.
Through the ARP, network cities themselves may also post calls for more specifically focused research partnerships to explore questions that they have identified as being of particular importance. SCI will then work with applicants to help establish a research project that meets the needs of both the researcher and the host city.
Research conducted as part of the ARP helps to build and disseminate knowledge linked to SCI's three key research areas;
- synergies between environmental, social, and economic sustainability;
- mainstreaming and integration of sustainability planning across municipal institutions;
- environmental governance and the multiple relationships between state, private, and civil-society actors involved in integrated and ambitious approaches to urban sustainability.
A more detailed detailed summary of areas that are of interest to SCI and its member cities can be found in SCI's Overview of Research Areas and Objectives .
For more on Afton's research see her posts on the SCI blog.
For more on Clara's research, see her posts on the SCI Blog.
For more info on Li's work, see her posts on the SCI Blog.
Freya Kristensen is a PhD candidate in the department Geography at Simon Fraser University and a researcher with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development. Her work examines how international municipal sustainability networks influence policy learning around sustainability. Focusing particularly on the social dimension of sustainability this research investigates if and how sustainability networks make a difference in the kinds of policies implemented by network members. Freya is also a research assistant on the Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3) project, funded by Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is looking at innovative climate change policies in eleven BC communities and how their experiences can be transferred elsewhere.