Over the past year, the ISSP has published multiple member blogs about how we need to transform decision-making to more effectively address grand challenges, such as transforming teaching, training and the science enterprise; fostering equity, diversity and inclusion in decision-making; putting into practice new decision-making models, and reframing how we think about science and technology in domestic and international policy. The compilation also includes a dedicated section on the grand challenges of COVID-19 and climate change.
Senior Fellow and former Fulbright Research Chair in Science and Society, ISSP, uOttawa President Emeritus of theCenter for Policy on Emerging Technologies, Washington, DC
A pandemic seems a simple enough problem. Long before vaccines, before germ theory, we had quarantines, social distancing, even masks. Stay apart and the virus will stop hopping around onto new victims. Yet the complexity of our modern societies has made handling such a situation as unsimple as it gets.
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Full Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Enginnering, Faculty of Enginnering, uOttawa
Carbon Capture and Thermal Energy Storage technologies using “Adsorption Processes” have very important roles to play to mitigate the effects of climate change. In this blog, I am going to summarize how we can use these technologies and how they would help.
Managing Director, Synergy Technology Management
Chair, Foresight Synergy Network hosted by Telfer School of Management, uOttawa
Geopolitics has traditionally been framed against diverse elites with vested interests competing for control of geographyand natural resources. This has been the case for thousands of years, from the days of the earliest empires to the nation and city-states of today. However, geopolitics is now taking on a new dimension, one defined by an emerging competition among states and elements of their corporate sectors to control and use massive amounts of data about people, places and things.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
On Wednesday, June 15th 2022, from 8:30AM to 5PM, the ISSP and Positive Energy will host a conference featuring a variety of speakers and industry representatives to discuss the findings of our latest research. This conference will be held in person at the University of Ottawa and offered virtually.
New survey results from Positive Energy and Nanos Research evaluate Canadians' appetite to meet established climate commitments, whether it is the right time for Canada to be ambitious in addressing climate change and drivers of views on timing to address climate change. It also evaluates Canada's international credibility on environmental policies.Canada's international credibility on environmental policies.
A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines the work of the Ecofiscal Commission of Canada, an organization that aimed to depoliticize the debate about carbon pricing in Canada by using one specific tool: infusing the debate with non-partisan, academically rigorous research and evidence.
This Positive Energy study explores limits to consensus-building on energy and climate—specifically limits that flow from partisan politics. It identifies key drivers and events that have contributed to the polarization of certain energy and climate issues along partisan lines, and offers advice for decision-makers looking to navigate polarized contexts on the way to net zero by 2050.
New survey results from Positive Energy and Nanos Research evaluate how Canadians perceive the level of public consensus on a number of climate and energy issues. The survey asks Canadians about the current level of agreement on these issues, as well as the level of agreement relative to five years ago.
The fruit of eighteen months of engagement with our members, it is grounded in the ambitious vision of helping Canada to transform decision-making to meet the grand challenges of our time. The plan lays out multiple research, teaching and outreach goals, activities and target outcomes to realize this vision.