The Dawson Food Justice & Sustainability Hub uses digital technologies to provide data-driven solutions to build more food secure communities in the Montreal region. In 2019, the hub is partnering with neighbourhood food planning initiatives to generate local indicators and adopt information-sharing tools. The Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability, Concordia University is a partner on this project.
The MCCHE is a world-leader in promoting integrative and interdisciplinary solutions to diet- and lifestyle-related global health challenges. This approach seeks to ameliorate health problems, such as obesity and under-nutrition, in ways that transform agri-food value chains and stimulate sustainable economic growth. The MCCHE is a partner of Food : Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged, a pan-Canadian research initiative.
The Dawson Food Justice Hub and MCCHE are seeking 1-2 research assistants to support community-based research on social capital, food security, and food policy in Montreal. Successful candidates will gather data using participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and social network analysis in three Montreal boroughs in a study of local food environments and policy.
Project: Dawson Food Justice & Sustainability Hub (NSERC CCSIF), Dawson College & McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health & Economics (MCCHE), McGill University.
Supervisors: Anna-Liisa Aunio, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability, Concordia University & Dawson College; Laurette Dubé, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Start Date: March 2019 – March 2020
Salary: commensurate with experience Hours/week & schedule: 10-15 hours/week
Deadline to apply: Open until filled
Responsibilities and duties
• Collect data through semi-structured interviews, a network survey, field notes, and other qualitative methods with local organizations in Montreal.
• Support data collection, synthesis, and analysis by the MCCHE/Dawson research team, including especially capacity-building with community liaisons in data collection.
• Develop and revise ongoing data analysis, write reports, and support publication of results.
• Coordinate with MCCHE/Dawson quantitative/mapping team on data and research sharing protocols.
• Contribute to weekly meetings, MCCHE and hub activities, as needed.
• Undergraduate degree in related field. Currently enrolled in graduate or postgraduate programme in Montreal.
• Excellent oral and writing skills in French and English.
• Experience in qualitative methodologies and social network analysis. Use of NVivo or other qualitative analysis software and UCINet preferred.
• Familiarity with literature on policy networks, social capital, and/or health and social policy related to food insecurity preferred.
Please send a cover letter and CV to Anna-Liisa Aunio at email@example.com