GIER Director and Affiliate Members awarded New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) grants

By Virginia Capmourteres

The NFRF program was launched by the Government of Canada in 2018 to fund high riskhigh reward and interdisciplinary research with the potential to make knowledge breakthroughs.

This year, GIER’s Director, Dr. Madhur Anand, was awarded CAD 250,000 to study how human behaviour affects climate change. Her project will incorporate social dynamics into existing climate models. Dr. Anand said: “There is a growing awareness that addressing the climate emergency will require understanding and harnessing social forces.”

GIER Affiliate Members, Drs. Nicolas Brunet and Shoshanah Jacobs, who were awarded with a GIER Small Grant to establish a Northern research hub at UofG, also received NFRF funding. Dr. Brunet will lead a project to integrate Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (a body of knowledge and unique cultural insights of Inuit about nature, humans and animals) into environmental research and monitoring.

Interested in knowing more about these projects? You can read the UofG press release here.

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