Research in International Development and Global Studies on COVID-19


Christine Gibb
Professor Gibb, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Vermont, University of Colorado Boulder and New York University, is leading a study exploring the lived experiences of children, teens and older adults in Canada and the U.S., examining vulnerability, mobilities, and capacities. With the support of a New Frontiers in Research Fund - Rapid Response grant, the research team is partnering with the National Campus and Community Radio Association to safely connect presumed vulnerable groups through the co-creation of an intergenerational podcast. The results of this project will contribute to better disaster preparedness, responses, and policies and support systems that address the specific challenges and resilience of these potentially vulnerable and highly diverse groups.

Life in COVID Study

Geoff McCarney

Agile Regulation for Post-COVID-19 Clean Innovation, Recovery and Growth in Canada

While the pandemic has proven detrimental to the Canadian and global economies, it also provides an opportunity to kick-start the transition to a cleaner economy, and to work to do things differently as our country and economy open back up and rebuild. The “build back better” agenda strongly emphasizes accelerating clean growth in Canada to align a post-COVID-19 recovery with both a low- carbon transition and recent policy commitments by the Federal Government for net-zero emissions in 2050, so as to position Canada as a leader in this rapidly growing market.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting to a more “agile” regulatory system -- one that is stringent but also flexible and predictable -- was increasingly understood as necessary for accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy. In a COVID-19 world, such a shift takes on additional urgency to ensure that ongoing recovery measures and any further public investments, stimulus programs, or recovery policies achieve the combined objective to both maximize economic recovery while also transiting to cleaner growth.

The focus this project is accordingly to improve understanding of agile regulatory approaches, to ensure existing regulatory regimes do not become the primary rate-limiting step for a clean COVID-19 economic recovery. The goals of the research are to identify, examine, assess, and learn from recent Canadian experience with agile regulation. In doing so, the project will inform regulatory approaches that will foster clean innovation and economic growth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining stringency of the regulatory process.

Agile Regulation for Clean Energy Innovation: Examining the Early Experience of Two Canadian Institutions

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