Postgrad (Master's or Ph.D.) Fellowships w/ The Flourishing Communities Research Group & the Community, Environment & Justice Research Group @ Wilfrid Laurier University

Dec 18, 2018

Are you interested in contributing to an innovative scientific research program on the influence of workplace environments on wellbeing, sense of community and sustainability? 

Are you also interested in being part of a unique training program in community psychology, where you can develop both strong research and practice skills?

The Flourishing Communities Research Group and the Community, Environment, and Justice Research Group from the Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action at Wilfrid Laurier University (located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) are offering two funded graduate student fellowships (either Master’s or PhD level, depending on completed education) in one or more of the following areas:

  • how the physical design of office spaces can support or hinder people’s optimal wellbeing
  • how wellbeing and environmental behaviours of employees in green building are interrelated
  • sense of community in relation to wellbeing and space in the work environment
  • people's psychological needs in relationship to physical spaces
  • etc.

These research questions will be explored in the context of Canada’s first commercial net-positive energy and carbon-neutral multi-tenant office building, providing unprecedented opportunities for community-engaged and impactful research with tenants, employees and other building stakeholders. 

You can learn more about this research project directed by Dr. Manuel Riemer, also involving Dr. Simon Coulombe and several co-investigators, here: https://www.wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2018/may/laurier-psychology-researcher-receives-nearly-1-million-in-funding-to-study-sustainable-behaviour-in-evolv1-building.html

We are looking for two students who are passionate, motivated, and eager to contribute to positive changes in workplace culture and environments to better support employee wellbeing and environmental sustainability.  

Successful applicants will also an interest in ecological approaches to understanding human behaviours, including community psychology and community-based research. Applicants should have some research training (quantitative or qualitative) and previous experience with research.  Expertise in psychology and/or design and architecture is an asset, but not mandatory.

This graduate research would be conducted as part of the MA in Community Psychology or PhD in Community Psychology programs at Wilfrid Laurier University.

If you would like more information or are interested in this opportunity, please email Dr. Coulombe at the address below as soon as possible. Formal applications to the university for the graduate programs are due at the beginning of January 2019.



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