News & Announcements

Coming soon: The Canadian Communities Policy Observatory | July 16 2020
Western’s Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) is pleased to announce the Canadian Communities Policy Observatory, a new web-based platform that will make it easier for policy makers, non-profit organizations, academics, journalists, and businesses to access data on Canadian urban centres, neighbourhoods, and regions. Read More 

New MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation Will Prepare Students for Careers in Government, Not-for-Profit, and Private Sectors | July 2, 2020
The Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) and Faculty of Social Science are pleased to announce that the Interdisciplinary MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation (MRPE) has now received final approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance and is admitting its first cohort of students for September 2020. The program focuses on developing rigorous quantitative and qualitative research skills and the ability to mobilize knowledge that can be applied in a variety of settings, including government, not-for-profit, and private sectors. The program involves two semesters of coursework and a third semester internship. We are pleased to be welcoming Michele Manocchi, PhD in Comparative Social Research, University of Turin (Italy), who will be joining us as the program’s Internship Coordinator at the end of July. Michele brings with him a wealth of experience in social science research and community engagement, having served as the Intercultural Education Specialist at the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre for over three years.

City-builder John Fleming joins Western’s Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance | June 12, 2020
Western’s Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance is excited to welcome nationally recognized urban planner John M. Fleming as a Distinguished Practitioner Research Fellow. Over the next two years, John will build on his significant professional experience to carry out research on local governance, civic engagement, and policy making in the field of city building and design. He will also collaborate with faculty and mentor students. Read More

Newcomer program preps for post-pandemic realities | May 31, 2020
New federal funding will help a Western-led program continue exploring welcoming environments for newcomers, even as Canada’s attitudes toward new immigrants will surely be tested by the economic and social uncertainty of a post-pandemic world.  Read More

Seventh Annual Journeys of Migration – 2019: Did It Happen Here? Canadian Attitudes toward Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the Age of Trump and Brexit | November 15, 2019
On Thursday November 14, 2019, the Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, in collaboration with its partners, held its Seventh Annual Journeys of Migration event. The event, entitled Did It Happen Here? Canadian Attitudes toward Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the Age of Trump and Brexit, included a keynote presentation by Michael Adams, President of the Environics Institute. Michael Adams discussed Canadians’ social attitudes and their potential susceptibility to populist anti-immigrant, prejudicial sentiment. The talk was followed by a spoken word poetry performance by Fauzia Agbonhin, an award-winning writer and performer. Fauzia is an 18-year-old Nigerian-Canadian slam poet and author, whose poetry focused on diversity and inclusion. The event was attended by more than 140 members of the community, and Western University faculty and students. Video recordings from the event will be available shortly. PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here.

Anti-immigrant populist government won't fly in Canada | November 15, 2019
While Canada has never been immune to xenophobia, the chance of an anti-immigrant, Trump-style government taking power nationally is unlikely, says an expert who has mined Canadian attitudes on immigration and cultural diversity for several decades. Read More

The Intentional City: Shaping London's Urban Future | November 23, 2018
On November 23, 2018, Western’s Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance hosted its first official event: a public roundtable on The Intentional City: Shaping London’s Urban Future. This was an important moment for the new Centre, signalling its goal of productively engaging scholars across disciplinary boundaries and building new relationships between Western researchers and the community. Indeed, roundtable participant Neil Bradford noted that “we underestimate Western, the convening power of the university as a neutral third space on issues”—and highlighted the potential for the Centre to play this role. Read More