As a student in the Urban and Regional Studies program, the work I will be focusing on during my Interdisciplinary Research Internship will be assisting with the Complex Social Change (CSC) research project. Firstly, I will be assisting with data collection and research for a SSHRC grant. I will also be providing support to Christine Clark, New Media research assistant, who is managing the CSC website and disseminating information using a variety of communications strategies. The support I will provide will be gathering information from the various researchers and helping to make the range of academic material more accessible to the wider public. I will also be working to help increase the traffic on the various social media sites by providing updates on the CSC project and expanding on topics related to activism, social change and knowledge mobilization. Some of this will come from specific readings, but also I will be providing information that I will receive from my participation in the Liberal Education: Activism course that I am enrolled in. Finally, I will be directly involved in organizing a student panel drawing on participants from the above-mentioned liberal education class, which is planned to take place in the 2014 spring semester.
Throughout my work with this internship I hope to improve my communication skills with fellow students and professors, and the broader community. My main area of interest within the CSC project concerns understanding effective strategies for increasing knowledge mobilization.