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Queen's University

Extensive consultation results in comprehensive research plan


A new Strategic Research Plan (SRP) is in place to guide and support research excellence, strengthen Queen’s position as a top research-intensive institution, and advance the university’s research reputation internationally.

"The plan pledges ongoing support for individual scholarship, which continues to make important contributions to research excellence at Queen’s,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “We also recognize the potential of individual efforts and interdisciplinary teams working collaboratively, and the value of partnerships, to address the complex and diverse problems faced by society today.”

Part 1 of the SRP sets the goals, principles and objectives of research at Queen’s. It articulates the importance of metrics for guiding planning and decision-making as well as evaluating progress. Part 1 contains 21 key recommendations to advance the support mechanisms, structures and resources that are essential for Queen’s continued success as a research-intensive university.

Part 2 of the SRP outlines four major research themes. Within each theme are clusters that reflect emerging and core strengths. In addition to supporting the requirements of external funding agencies, the thematic focus outlines Queen’s research mission, planning framework, and focus on research excellence.

The themes and their corresponding clusters:

Exploring Human Dimensions
• Society, Culture and Human Behaviour
• Human Health and Wellness

Understanding and Sustaining the Environment and Energy Systems
• Human Aspects of Healthy Environments
• Ecology and the Natural Environment
• Energy Systems
• Energy and Environmental Policy

Creating, Discovering and Innovating
• Creative Production and Expression
• Natural and Physical Sciences
• Materials
• Advanced Technologies

Securing Safe and Successful Communities
• Democracy, Economy and Public Policy
• Information and Communications
• Infrastructure

The Strategic Research Plan 2012-2017, approved by Senate on May 22, was guided by extensive consultation with Queen’s research community. It can be viewed on QSHARE.

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