SPI Fellowships for MES Students – For a Stronger, Cleaner Economy

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020

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 Natalie Stutt-Wiebe, Catherine Christofferson, Andrew

Students in the Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability program who have been awarded the Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) Fellowship, or a SPI Research Assistantship. Top row from the left: Natalie Stutt-Wiebe, Catherine Christofferson, Andrew Linton (SPI Fellowship recipient), and Beverley Hinterhoeller. Bottom row from the left: Mackenzie Finkbeiner, Laura Wohrizek, Coordinator, Events and Student Engagement at SPI, Ryan Tougas-Cooke, and Genevieve Donin.

The Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) is a national think tank based at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment (IE). SPI supports students by funding the Smart Prosperity Research Fellowships (valued at $5,000 to $10,000), by hiring students as Research Assistants, by running internship programs with civil society and private sector partners, and by engaging students at events and workshops, and in high-level discussions between leading academics, practitioners, and policy-makers.

We encourage all applicants to the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program with a GPA of 8.0 or more (calculated using your last 20 courses or 60 credits), and with a research interest that aligns with SPI (i.e. the green economy) to indicate your interest in being considered for the SPI Fellowship in your letter of intent, and demonstrating how your research aligns with their priority in your statement of research interest. You could be one of the lucky students to obtain the Smart Prosperity Fellowship! Deadline for Canadian students is February 1st, 2020.

This award is only available to eligible students who apply to our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program, and is reviewed by the Institute of the Environment’s Research Director Geoff McCarney. If you are a strong candidate (GPA 8.0+) with a background in Economics, and are interested in doing research on the green economy, please apply! Your chances are very good.

2019 SPI Research Assistant Projects

Genevieve Donin:

Genevieve conducted research on potential policies for an improved circularity in the mining industry, with a focus on examining industry best practices. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to participate as a translation for the panel Closing the loop – Innovation in Circular Economy organized by the French and German embassies in Ottawa.

Catherine Christofferson:

Catherine is working to develop a technical profile of the circular economy in the plastics sector by researching international best practices and policies in the circular economy of plastics. She has given particular consideration to practices and policies with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore help prevent global warming past 1.5 degrees.

Natalie Stutt-Wiebe:

Natalie is developing a portfolio of stories and blogs about the Circular Economy, focussing on the best practices and case studies in the electronics, agri-food, and construction sectors. These will be used in a report planned for 2020, and the supporting communications campaign. 

Ryan Tougas-Cooke:

Ryan has been supporting SPI's Policy Research team, focused on behavioral economic research.

“Working with Smart Prosperity Institute has been an incredible compliment to my studies in Environmental Sustainability. As a member of the policy team, I have been able to engage in projects that work to assess the skills gap in the labour market that arises from the transition to a low carbon economy and explore policy best practices to improve the sustainability and performance of the agriculture sector. I would definitely recommend any incoming students apply for the SPI Research Assistantships.”

Beverley Hinterhoeller:

Beverley has been providing ongoing event-related support to SPI, including the logistical planning of international workshops and lunch lectures. Beverley will play a key role in organizing SPI's annual Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network Symposium.

A word from SPI's Research Director
Geoff McCarney, Assistant Professor, Environment & Development Director (Research), The Institute of the Environment & The Smart Prosperity Institute

We are excited to work with students interested in contributing to world-class research to advance practical policy solutions to problems at the interface of the environment and economy. The Smart Prosperity Institute has a research network of more than 150 academics across Canada, as well as the US, UK, and Europe, and can connect students with leading researchers, as well as policy-makers, environmental NGOs, and private sector partners who are interested in policy and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy. Working with us is a great way for students to make a positive impact, work at the intersection of research and policy, and expand their network.

Geoff McCarney, Assistant Professor, Environment & Development
Director (Research), The Institute of the Environment & The Smart Prosperity Institute

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