Interdisciplinary Engagement, Capacity and Research

The ISSP’s research programme focusses on the interface of science, society and policy, and addresses the Institute’s key themes of science for policy (evidence-informed decision-making), policy for science (science, technology and innovation policies) and governance of emerging technologies.

We address pressing public-policy challenges and engage senior practitioner perspectives in all of our research projects. We convene diverse disciplinary perspectives and foster robust partnerships between academia, government, industry, the science community, NGOs and Indigenous representatives.

Since its inception in 2010, the ISSP’s interdisciplinary network of academics and expert practitioners has produced credible, timely and relevant research and attracted substantial private, government and tri-council research funding. Our findings are mobilized through reports and recommendations destined for policy and practitioner audiences, workshops bringing together senior leaders, high-profile public events and scholarly publishing. We have major strengths in science, technology and innovation policy; energy policy and governance; Canada-China science relations; risk management and governance, and social acceptance of innovation and emerging technologies.

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