National Research Seminar: Call for proposals!

WUSC is pleased to launch this year's National Research Seminar and to celebrate its first decade. Inaugurated by John Ralston Saul in 2003, the National Research Seminar explores a particular challenge in international development and provides a tremendous platform for emerging scholars to share their research findings with university and college students, faculty members, practitioners and policy makers from across Canada and the world. 

The National Research Seminar takes place each year as part of WUSC's International Forum, which will be held in Ottawa, November 1-3, 2012. 

This year WUSC will explore youth and development in relation to innovation in sustainable development. Are we meeting youth aspirations? Many parts of the developing world are experiencing a rapidly growing youth population and facing high levels of unemployment, a problem that has been further exacerbated by the world economic crisis in 2008. Youth, particularly girls, are often the most vulnerable to the effects of poverty and a link has been drawn between lack of access of youth to employment opportunities and participation in illegal and violent activities. At the same time, youth have been playing a strong leadership role in social and political movements around the world, including the "Arab Spring". 

WUSC is seeking expressions of interest from emerging researchers from different disciplines and fields of study whose research touches on the challenges or opportunities facing youth in terms of development. In particular, WUSC's International Forum and National Research Seminar will explore the social and political participation of youth and challenges and opportunities related to employment and entrepreneurship. 

WUSC welcomes expressions of interest from emerging scholars and researchers from a cross-section of disciplines, sectors and regions. This includes Canadians engaged in international issues and southern-based researchers. We invite applicants to challenge the status quo and examine emerging ideas that can and do transform development.

This year, up to four scholars will be selected to present. 

Eligible applicants include individuals currently enrolled in a PhD program, who have recently completed a PhD or are new faculty members at a university or college. WUSC also encourages applications from Masters students who are conducting original research related to the theme.

The presentation should be based upon research that is well advanced or completed. Preference will also be given to presentations focused on countries where WUSC or its partner organizations (CECI, Farm Radio International, MATCH International) are present and that will inspire and motivate individuals to share knowledge and take action. Regions include: The Americas – Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Haiti, Canada; Africa – Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, South Sudan; Asia – Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Vietnam. 

2-3 page summary of your proposed presentation in which you:

  • Outline the presentation purpose and intent
  • Briefly describe your research findings and how they relate to the theme
  • Address policy implications or other implications in terms of action in addressing the issue

Applications must be submitted via email by June 30th 2012 to:
Tom Tunney 
Senior Manager, University and College Programming

Please contact Tom Tunney via email ( or by phone at 1.800.267.8699 ext 3869 or 613.761.3869

This year's WUSC International Forum and National Research Seminar will take place in Ottawa from November 1-3, 2012. 

Expenses related to National Research Seminar presenters' travel, meals and accommodation will be covered by WUSC.

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