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Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue: Seeking transnational solutions to 21st century problems
Carleton University, Centre for European Studies


Project background

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), associated universities, and partners, this seven-year project supports a major research network that will promote dialogue between researchers in Canada and Europe to explore responses to common policy challenges.

Called the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, the project is housed at Carleton University in Ottawa and includes over 60 Canadian researchers from 18 universities, with partners from government and the NGO sector. Leading Canadian scholars from five other Canadian universities have joined with Carleton University to launch the project: the Universities of British Columbia, Montreal, Toronto and Victoria, and McGill University. In addition, there are collaborators and partners from across Europe.

The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue focuses on the following research themes:

  • the environment and sustainable development;
  • immigration and social policy;
  • economic cooperation and competition;
  • "democratic deficits" and policy coordination in multi-level systems; and
  • the EU and Canada as global actors in international conflict management and security.

The goal of the project is to disseminate research findings about the EU and its member states to Canadian policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and the interested public, and also to make Europeans experts and policy-makers more aware of Canadian research expertise on Europe. "Sharing European and Canadian experiences, based on a solid base of Canadian scientific research, will ensure that we do not unknowingly replicate unsuccessful approaches or miss promising ones," says Joan DeBardeleben, Director of the project and Chancellor's Professor at Carleton University. Each year, the network will support a major transatlantic event that will bring together European and Canadian experts. It will also support student internships abroad, mentoring of young researchers, policy working groups, development of briefing papers, and media outreach.

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