Memorial University's Research Data Centre
Memorial University will soon be opening the doors of its new Research Data Centre (RDC). Located in Room 3017C of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, the RDC will operate as a branch of the University of New Brunswick RDC and will provide researchers with access to Statistics Canada population and household survey microdata in a secure university setting.
The centre is staffed by a Statistical Assistant and is overseen by an Academic Director and an interdisciplinary management committee. It operates under the provisions of the Statistics Act in accordance with all the confidentiality rules and are accessible only to researchers, students, faculty and government employees with approved projects who have been sworn in under the Statistics Act as 'deemed employees.'
For more information about the application process and its guidelines, click here.
Background to the RDCS
The RDCs are part of an initiative by Statistics Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and a consortium of universities to help strengthen Canada's social research capacity and to support the policy research community. RDCs are located in 25 universities throughout the country, so that researchers do not need to travel to Ottawa to access Statistics Canada microdata.
MUN RDC Hours
- Tuesday: 10 am to 2:30 pm (closed from 12 -12:30 pm)
- Wednesday: 10 am to 2:30 pm (closed from 12-12:30 pm)
- Thursday: 10 am to 2:15 pm (closed from 12-12:30 pm)
Memorial University Research Data Centre
3017C, Queen Elizabeth II library
Memorial University, St. JohnÕs, NL
Phone: 709 864-8270
MUN RDC Team
Abdie Kazemipur is the Academic Director of the MUN/Statistics-Canada's Research Data Centre. He is also a professor of sociology and the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Culture Change at Memorial University. Dr. Kazemipur has an active research program, focusing on the socio-economic experiences of immigrants in Canada and the socio-cultural trends in the Middle East. For the past 15 years, he was an affiliate of the Metropolis Project, an international research initiative that brought together academics, policy-makers, and community leaders involved in immigration research and practice. Dr. Kazemipur is the author of 7 books, the last one of which - The Crescent and the Maple Leaf: On the 'Muslim Question' in Canada - is presently under review at UBC Press. He is currently working on two new book manuscripts, tentatively titled: The Great Transformation in Iran: Secularization under the Islamic Republic (to be published by Wilfred-Laurier University Press), and The Sacred Mosaic in Motion: Religion and Immigration in Canada. Dr. Kazemipur is also one of the 13 co-investigators of a nationwide partnership project called "Pathways to Prosperity", which received $2.5 M from SSHRC in 2012 to study the various aspects of immigrants' integration in Canada. He was also the founder and the first Academic Director of the Research Data Centre at the University of Lethbridge.
Dr. Abdie Kazemipur
Stephen Jarislowsky Research Chair in Culture Change
Academic Director, MUN/Statistics-Canada Research Data Center
Professor, Department of Sociology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 5S7
Tel: 001 (709) 864-7446
Deatra Walsh is a post-doctoral researcher based out of York University. Her areas of research specialization include labour mobility, gender and precarious employment. Over the past 5 years, she has been working extensively with Canadian and international labour mobility data to better understand commuting trends and consequences, both here in Canada and abroad. She is enthusiastic about microdata and brings her excitement for knowledge and statistics to the Centre.
The MUN RDC Management Committee is comprised of 9 faculty members and staff from across the university, including the Academic Director. RDC Management Committee members are as follows:
- Kara Arnold, Associate-Dean, Research, Faculty of Business Administration
- Aspi Balsara, Data Librarian, QEII Library
- Carrie Dyck, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts
- Abdie Kazemipur, RDC Academic Director
- Doug May, Professor, Department of Economics
- Shree Mulay, Associate Dean, Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine
- Marlies Rise, Director, Office of Research Services
- Reza Tabrizchi, Associate - Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine