The role Robarts primarily plays is in terms of our ability to facilitate and coordinate research that pertains to the Canadian landscape; be that the cultural, historical, economic, social, environmental, etc. Hence, over the past few years and moving forward the centre is increasingly an important focal point for research in three key fields that all intersect and overlap in multiple ways:
1. Environment - including topics of energy, water and climate change
2. Indigenous- including the decolonization of knowledge and environmental justice
3. Immigration – including memory migration and cultural studies
Associates of Robarts come to the centre to find academic, administrative and financial support for their research and to work collaboratively in a dynamic and engaging environment. Indeed, the centre is thriving. Robarts is well poised to lead York research in these key areas. So far, notable achievements in these areas include the SSHRC Partnership grant and MISHI summer school (which emerged from a SSHRC Connection grant we supported); the development of the WISER network; the CHESS summer school; the evolution of the Digging for Data project (which was launched in the centre); the Water project with Nunavut; and the Indigenous Environmental Justice project. I would also point out that a number of Robarts associates are included in an important Canada 150 publication (Roads to Confederation). For more on how this is occurring, please refer to the annual reports below.