SP Chair Stewart Elgie Named as Finalist for SSHRC Connection Award

September 30, 2016

Ottawa--The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has announced the top three finalists for its 2016 Impact Awards, and Sustainable Prosperity’s Stewart Elgie has been selected as a finalist in the Connection Award category.

The annual Impact Awards recognize outstanding researchers undertaking work funded partially or completely by SSHRC. As a finalist, Elgie is recognized as a champion in bringing forward the very best ideas in the social sciences and humanities, and in helping Canadians understand and improve the world around us. The finalists are chosen from among submissions received from postsecondary institutions across Canada.

The Connection Award in particular recognizes “an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.” (SSHRC reveals shortlists for 2016 Impact Awards)

Sustainable Prosperity, based at the University of Ottawa, was established in 2008 through a SSHRC Knowledge Cluster Grant. Under Professor Elgie’s leadership, SP has grown to a network of over 130 academics across 29 Canadian universities, and over 20 international scholars. It has attracted over 100 partners from business, civil society, governments and international agencies, and is recognized internationally as a world-class research and policy network on environment-economy issues. Through a combination of high-profile events, high-impact research, and dynamic knowledge dissemination, Elgie and SP have captured the public’s attention with innovative work that has had profound impacts not only in the academic community but also on influencing policy and improving the lives of Canadians.

The other two finalists for the Connection Award are John Lutz of the University of Victoria, and John Willinsky of Simon Fraser University. Winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Click here to read more about the SSHRC Impact Awards.

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The goal of this project is to shed light on the relationship between economic activity and the environment by exploring the linkages between changes in our natural capital and our measures of productivity generally, and through the construction of an environmentally adjusted measure of productivity specifically.

While it is now commonly accepted that economic activity and the state of our environment are linked, many economic measures still fail to incorporate the environment – both the things we draw from it and the pollution we release into it. By developing and calculating measures of productivity that include natural capital, Canada may be able to better understand these linkages. This, in turn, may lead to the identification of strategies that can help Canada become more efficient and innovative in the use and protection of natural capital, and thus more productive and more prosperous.

Using the forestry sector as a case study, this project aims to construct an environmentally adjusted measure of multifactor productivity. In doing so, we aim to add another layer of understanding to the environmental and economic performance of this sector. The proposed measure will have relevance to the Canadian economy as a whole.