equity in research
In my research field (ecology), the importance of diversity in maximizing productivity, innovation, and resilience is well-established, but the same principles have only recently been introduced to academic institutions. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are now formal evaluation criteria in all major research funding programs in Canada. For the first time, researchers and research institutions are being required to demonstrate empirical evidence of lack of bias in processes and for applications to be successful, they must approach equity in research strategies with the same level of academic rigour as the rest of the proposal.
For most institutions, this requires changes to long-standing hiring processes bound by many interacting policies, analyses of data not previously collected (or combined), and new ways of thinking. I specialize in designing transparent processes, analytical frameworks that formally assess bias in processes, and strategies to overcome historical biases that inadvertently suppress diversity.