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Research related to systems and structures that contribute to more humane, equitable and just societies. Its focus is on building the capacity and enabling the civic engagement of vulnerable populations, locally, nationally and internationally, whose voices are seldom heard in addressing the barriers to their wellbeing and full participation in society.

Key research areas include Immigration, citizenship and labour market inclusion, and poverty reduction; empowerment of individuals through education, community health approaches, access to medical care and services, and child and family welfare; interdisciplinary aspects of diversity, difference, equity and ethics; labour relations, social and working class history, gender equality and sexuality; the impact of poverty on individual and community development in urban and rural neighbourhoods and communities; homelessness, affordable housing, and poverty; citizen engagement in communities, and how education is valued (to help explain the low rate of high school graduation); mental health, aging, social development, and disabilities issues; national and international social justice issues; and corporate social responsibility.

 


Research shows police warnings not easily understood

You’ve seen it on countless television programs – a suspect is arrested and read their rights. But just how much do you know about what your rights actually are?

Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology, Faculty of Science, says the answer may be surprising.

“Anyone who is suspected of committing an offence must be read his or her rights before an interview continues – that involves reading the right to legal council,” he explained. “Most are read the right to legal silence warning as well.”

Dr. Snook says across the country there is a lot of variations on how these warnings are delivered and, through seven separate studies over a period of five years, his research group has made some interesting findings. See More...

National aging study launches recruitment in Newfoundland and Labrador

As the province with the highest proportion of seniors in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador will play a key role in a new national study of aging getting underway at Memorial University.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) will follow 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for at least 20 years. The national study, which has a research site at Memorial, will collect information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives as they age.

“We are inviting 4,200 people in Newfoundland to join the study and contribute their time to helping us understand the factors that shape healthy aging,” said Dr. Gerry Mugford, lead investigator of the CLSA in Newfoundland and Labrador and an associate professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine in the Discipline of Medicine and Discipline of Psychiatry. 

“With the generous help of Newfoundlanders, CLSA researchers will be able to answer critical questions on aging, which will translate into improvements in health and quality of life.” See More...

Business professors say lack of training a concern

New research from Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration shows that nearly 50 per cent of workers do not have access to employer-sponsored training. They say it is often low-skilled workers with poor prospects in today’s economy who are excluded from training opportunities -- trends with worrying implications for Canada’s long-term competitiveness.

In addition to workers not offered training, a further 16 per cent – or one in six -- of those offered training do not take full advantage of the opportunities.

These are some of the findings revealed in the article Declining versus participating in employer-supported training in Canada, published in the current issue of the International Journal of Training and Development. Read the article here: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1360-3736&site=1See More...