CRC welcomes new research assistants


I am happy to welcome Shilpa Soni and Ingrid Philion, who have recently begun work in the Canada Research Chair (CRC) program in sustainability research effectiveness. We have several projects underway aimed at understanding whether and how research, especially transdisciplinary and applied research, contributes to social innovation and change. Shilpa and Ingrid are currently working as research assistants in a review of RRU student theses and major projects to assess research design and implementation from the perspective of research effectiveness. See here for a related Crossroads story requesting theses/major project recommendations.

Ingrid Philion holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Victoria and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, England. Her Master’s thesis examined the concept of punishment in multilateral sanctions regimes and her research interests are primarily in the areas of public international law, international relations theory, and international relations of the developing world. In her spare time, Ingrid enjoys reading, classical music, tennis, writing, travelling, dancing, cooking, and baking.

Shilpa Soni recently moved from Ontario. She holds an MSc in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo. Her Master’s research explored the use of participatory approaches to enhance student engagement in school-based health promotion interventions. Shilpa brings to the program extensive training and experience in evaluation practices. She has volunteered with an international organization, supporting a global evaluation of youth peacebuilding practices. In her spare time, Shilpa enjoys rock climbing and backpacking.

Photo: Shilpa Soni (left) and Ingrid Philion (right).

Dr. Brian Belcher