Call for Student Research Assistants: Design for Regional Resilience

November 19, 2021

We are seeking qualified undergraduate and graduate students to engage in design research with small teams at partner companies for a new research collaboration, Design for Regional Resilience.

This is a paid opportunity (15 hours/week) to gain hands-on experience within an applied learning setting and to establish relationships with businesses working to shift toward a circular approach. Partners include Jarr, ShareWaresTerraforma and

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Deadline to apply: November 30, 2021


Applicants should have a keen interest in sustainability and urban systems, systems transformation and practical applications of the circular economy. They may bring skill-sets from interdisciplinary design areas, including interaction, industrial, service and communication design.

This role includes:

  • Working collaboratively with a small team of business leads and design researchers (supported by faculty lead Sarah Hay)
  • Engaging in research, ideation, prototyping and synthesis of new approaches within the operations of a partner organization
  • Integrating circular economy principles into existing operations
  • Positions may include material research and prototyping, mapping and stakeholder research, synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data, and/or producing reports, infographics or other data visualizations

Students should be available for weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings. Combination of remote and on-site work at partner organizations in compliance with public health guidelines.

Design for Green Industry: Regional Resilience is funded by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.