Research Office Blog to be discontinued

December 4, 2017

The Research Office at Western University’s Faculty of Education is getting a website update! Following the roll-out of the new site design, which is expected to happen in mid-December, 2017, all information will be posted to and/or to our events calendar (, and this blog will be discontinued. Thanks for reading!

Welcome Sonia Faremo and Jen Heidenheim

September 12, 2017

The Research Office welcomes Sonia Faremo (, our new Research Officer, and Jen Heidenheim (, our new Administrative Assistant. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself!

KNAER Equity Knowlege Network Info Session #2

May 12, 2017


Join us!
Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER)
Call for Proposals Information Session

Now that you’ve had a chance to review the Call for Proposals for the Learning and Leading for Equity Knowledge Network, gather your questions and join us for the second INFORMATION SESSION on:

Wednesday May 24th, from 4pm to 6pm (EST)
Attend in Person at:
Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park
585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Or Online:

 ** Please register at to attend in-person or online.**

We know that individuals and organizations want to connect around this Call so we will offer some networking ‘space’ during the session.  Don’t forget there is also a “Connect Here” box on the KNAER website where you can meet others who are interested in being part of the Equity Knowledge Network and/or are looking for partners to join them on an application.

For further details about the Calls for Proposals, please visit:

Any questions about the application process can be directed to

Call for Papers: Organizing Equality International Conference

May 5, 2016

Call for Papers: Organizing Equality: International Conference

Western University, 24 – 26 March 2017

Proposals due 1 June 2016

Organizers and advocates for local and global social justice are the lifeblood of solidarity movements worldwide that disrupt historic projects of exploitation, violent dispossession and social fragmentation. Social and economic inequality is a global challenge of the 21st century. The Global North’s Occupy and anti-austerity movement spoke back to the 2008 financial crisis. They now confront the urgent, mass scale migrations of peoples from the Global South to the North, fleeing a colonial legacy deprivations, militarization, wars and land grabs. Settler societies are also experiencing Indigenous re-centerings, from #IdleNoMore to the Truth and Reconciliation process, and the #BlackLivesMatter cry to enfranchise African diasporas.

It is now increasingly recognized that rising levels of inequality are linked to poverty, discrimination, illness, environmental degradation, and social unrest. It is further recognized that inequality, in turn, is conditioned by and contingent on a range of other factors, including citizenship rights, gender, race, ethnicity, age, location, and education.

But despite this recognition, social movements contesting inequality face serious problems of organization, strategy and tactics. Recent years have shown the limits of traditional trade unionism, occupy and assembly movements, vanguards and new electoral parties alike. They have also shown that anti-racism, anti-violence, LGBTQ and migrant rights movements, to name a few, face major challenges organizing in the face of violence, xenophobia, marginality, impoverishment and under threat of criminalization. Across the board, movements have to reckon with the unprecedented levels of surveillance of the digital networks which have become an important part of their organizing practices.

This conference therefore asks what forms of organization might, in today’s conditions, be most useful to movements for equality. It especially seeks contributions willing to explore new possibilities for the organization of equality struggles.

Organizing Equality is an international conference hosted by members of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Initiative for the Study of Social and Economic Inequality at the University of Western Ontario, and planned for 24 – 26 March 2017. Its goal is to bring organizers, scholars, public educators, artists, media producers and advocates together from around the globe to build local and global capacity, share theories, strategies, experiences, and insights about efforts to address inequality and develop new kinds of theory/practice to guide and build future struggles. Our goal is to strengthen connections regionally, nationally and internationally, and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together between and across politics, sectors and communities of interest. To this end, we solicit scholarly presentations, organizing and dialogue sessions, workshop proposals, art performances/installations, radical media teach-ins and more, addressing a wide variety of themes related to the worldwide struggle for equality.

These themes include, but are not limited to:

  • indigenous reconciliation and reclamation
  • opposing violent policing and the carceral state
  • worker organizing, in and beyond unions
  • social media, digital technologies and global resistance networks
  • intersectional decolonial community and scholarly praxis
  • migrant justice and networks of support
  • decolonial/liberatory cultural production and praxis
  • gender, sexuality, anti-violence and community solidarity
  • struggles for access and equality in education
  • environmental and climate justice and sustainability
  • anti-austerity mobilization and cooperativism
  • health and food security organizing
  • social and community housing movements
  • strategies for digital protections and privacy from surveillance

Proposals for papers and sessions should be limited to 250 words. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations is 1 June 2016. Please include with your paper or session proposal, your name, e-mail address, institutional or group affiliation, and a short CV or biography. Abstracts should be e-mailed to the organizing committee at: For further information and conference updates, please visit the conference website:

Travel bursaries are available for participants from the global south. Please indicate in your submission if you would like to be considered for financial assistance.

Joshua D. Lambier
Director, The Public Humanities at Western
Western University
Department of English and Writing Studies
Arts & Humanities Building, Room 2G02
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, N6A3K7

Twitter: @JoshuaLambier

Faculty of Education Internal Travel Competition

August 26, 2014

The Faculty of Education, announces a request for proposals for its Internal Conference Travel program.

Deadline: October 1, 2014, 4:00 p.m. (for a decision by October  31, 2014)

Amount: Expenses for conference trips may be reimbursed to a maximum of $3,700 for tenured and probationary faculty members per fiscal year (i.e., May 1 – April 30) for attending conferences.

Description: The purpose of these conference travel funds is to help to support the research function of the Faculty.  These funds are intended to support faculty members in their research by providing the opportunity to attend conferences to present their research work and to benefit from interactions with other researchers.

Eligibility: The fund is restricted to faculty members within the Faculty of Education. Retired, part-time or seconded faculty are not eligible to apply.

NOTES: For this competition the conference must occur before April 30, 2015. Faculty members must be presenting their research in the form of a paper (or other format) at the conference.

Guidelines and applications available at:

Tips for Using ROMEO (Ethics Applications)

August 21, 2014

In the previous ethics system a supervisor reviewed a student’s ethics protocol, but the student was responsible for submitting and dealing with administration. With Romeo the supervisor is responsible for submitting and all correspondence regarding the ethics goes to the supervisor (not the student). To alleviate the issue that the student does not receive correspondence from ROMEO the faculty member can add the student as “research support staff” so that he/she will be copied on ethics correspondence, but it is still the faculty member who has to submit, add the staff, and deal with correspondence.

SSHRC – Feedback Invited on Draft Policy Statement – Official Languages

January 20, 2012

SSHRC is launching a consultation on a draft policy statement that will guide its implementation of Part VII (Section 41) of the Official Languages Act (OLA).   This legislation requires all federal organizations, within the scope of their respective mandates, to take positive measures to enhance the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada, to support and assist their development and to foster the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

SSHRC encourages you to review the consultation materials.  Please send feedback on this draft policy no later than February 23, 2012 by email to .