Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton University welcomes the world as Canada’s capital university. Dedicated to excellence, Carleton strives for innovation in research, teaching and learning and encourages hands-on experience in the classroom. Carleton has over 27,000 students who graduate with the potential to change the world.

Connecting Carleton and the Community

Now more than ever, communities seek responsive and timely solutions that address the complex problems of our world today. CUConnects is a Carleton University community engagement initiative, led by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International). It turns research into action by making connections, sharing resources and best practices with people doing research, and those who will benefit — a process known as knowledge mobilization, or KMb.

CUConnects supports healthy sustainable communities by using knowledge mobilization as a process to:

1.      Connect knowledge producers and knowledge users, and

2.       Develop and share best practices, services and tools.

In addition to CUConnects, Carleton has many centres and initiatives dedicated to engaging communities and turning research into action.  Highlights include 1125@Carleton, The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, The Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre, and The Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education.

1125@Carleton is an experimental, collaborative virtual and physical space for problem solving, whether focused on new products and services, or addressing irritants or complex “wicked” problems. Many labs focus on one set of problems – incubation of new ideas or a sole focus on social challenges – but 1125@Carleton is open to exploring new ideas that will contribute to building sustainable communities. As Ottawa’s only living lab, 1125@Carleton helps connect the campus, including our researchers and students, with communities, local and global, to collaboratively develop viable and scalable solutions. It brings private and public users together, giving them the capacity to rethink and reframe problems, and co-create, prototype and implement solutions.

The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) is a university research centre based at the School of Public Policy and Administration. Acting as a catalyst and convener, and linking research to practice and policy, the Centre seeks to enhance understanding and knowledge of the distinctive contributions of the non-profit, voluntary, and philanthropic sectors and local institutions to the quality of life of citizens and community vitality on the part of geographic communities and communities of interest, in Canada and around the world.

The Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC) was established in 2009 to mobilize Carleton’s knowledge, educational facilities and programs to advance the critically important issue of achieving sustainable energy. The focus is to reduce energy consumption, research emerging renewable energy sources, and explore strategies for using traditional, non-renewable sources effectively and responsibly. The research centre’s primary affiliations are with the faculties of engineering and public policy, as a cross-disciplinary working environment between the engineering and policy disciplines is central to achieving CSERC’s vision. Stakeholders at all levels (governments, business and civil society organizations) are realizing that many types of expertise are necessary to secure the innovations required to address sustainable energy issues.

The Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE) strives to facilitate the research, and delivery of linguistic and cultural materials of the First Peoples of North America as well as all Canadians. A special focus is on cultural expressions linked with music and language, both for Aboriginal Canadians and other indigenous people.