Research and Public Engagement
Humanities and Social Sciences faculty and graduate students are deeply commited to public engagement. Here are but a few examples: Marguerite MacKenzie (Linguistics) is featured on Memorial’s Public Engagement website for her work in producing a Pan-Innu dictionary for Innu speakers in Labrador and Québec. Alistair Bath (Geography) is internationally recognized for his applied human dimensions facilitated workshop approach to developing plans to manage the spaces shared by humans and wildlife, particularly large carnivores. Barb Neis (Sociology), through the model for community-engaged/partnered research and knowledge mobilization developed by SafetyNet, produced an award-winning documentary, Changing Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization, which resulted from a symposium that involved researchers from universities and NGOs in 18 countries, and women fishworkers from Atlantic Canada. Trevor Bell (Geography) and Kelly Vodden (Geography, Grenfell Campus), recognized for their expertise in engagement, offered workshops on public engagement at the launch of MUN’s engagement framework in February 2013. And finally, Rachel Hirsch (2012 Labrador Institute postdoc) collaboratively developed a Community Freezer Program to provide the Nain community with access to country foods such as caribou, seal, Arctic hare, Arctic char and polar bear.