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Heather Castleden and Robert Colautti are two of our newest Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) at Queen’s University. Tier 2 Chair Ian Janssen and Tier 1 Chair John McGarry have also seen their positions renewed.

Heather Castleden (Geography & Planning)– For the past 15 years, Dr. Castleden has engaged in community-based, participatory research, mainly in partnership with indigenous peoples from across Canada. Her research focuses on issues of social and environmental justice and health equity priorities identified by indigenous communities, as well as the systemic barriers and institutional structures between the settler and indigenous populations that create upstream challenges for reconciliation.

“I feel there is an awful lot of responsibility that comes with a Chair by this title, given the current context of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and its Calls to Action,” says Dr. Castleden, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities. “I hope to use the Chair to contribute towards those calls to action in as many ways as possible.”

Robert Colautti (Biology)– The newly-named NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Rapid Evolution, Dr. Colautti explores the comparably new field of rapid evolution – evolution perceptible on short timescales. His research focuses on evolution that occurs in response to biological invasions and other forms of global change. Using next-generation sequencing technology, Dr. Colautti looks to explore how ecological changes drive evolution and how evolution feeds back to drive ecological dynamics.

“It’s certainly an honour to receive the Canada Research Chair,” says Dr. Colautti. “It’s a good motivating factor, as a new researcher, to receive the encouragement that this field interesting and important area of research. This position, and the associated Canada Foundation for Innovation funding that we have received, will have a big impact on the kinds of research that we will be able to do.”

John McGarry (Political Studies) –  The SSHRC Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy is concerned with how governing institutions can be designed so they accommodate rival ethnic communities, including in countries affected by civil war. Currently, Dr. McGarry is working on Cyprus where he is advising the United Nations on negotiations to reunify the island.

Ian Janssen (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) –  The CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Obesity is currently examining the role physical activity has on children’s health. The research will use new technology to determine how much activity children get in different contexts including playing outdoors, playing organized sports or physical education class.

Read the full story in the Queen’s Gazette.