NEST is the umbrella organization for the seven Western Research Centres in the Faculty of Social Science, which set its agenda and provide its governance.
All members of the governing centres are also members of NEST.
For full membership information, please visit the websites of the corresponding governing centres:
- Centre for Computational and Quantitative Social Science;
- Centre for Human Capital and Productivity;
- Centre for Research on Social Inequality (CRSI) - formerly the Centre on Population, Health and Aging;
- Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations;
- Centre for Study of Political Behaviour;
- Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction;
- Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance ;
NEST is located in and governed by the Faculty of Social Science. It is led by the Director who works closely with the Governing Council and is advised by the External Advisory Committee. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science.
The Governing Council is made up of:
- the Director of NEST (Chair);
- the Director of each Governing Centre;
- faculty representatives: 1-3 tenured faculty members at large from the Faculty of Social Science, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science. The Dean will attempt to ensure representation from Social Science departments not represented elsewhere among the voting members;
- the Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Social Science (non-voting);
- the Academic Director of the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (non-voting); and,
- Affiliated Fellows: 1-2 at large as applicable (non-voting).