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Research Opportunities

Are you a student looking for an applied, locally-based problem to solve that will contribute to a more livable region and potentially abroad? Our working groups have identified multiple research problems/projects that could use your leadership and expertise.

If you are interested in any of the following research ideas, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator for more information.

Current List of Research Ideas

  1. Strategic Traffic Safety Action Plan 
    The final product of this research project will be the development of a Strategic Traffic Safety Action Plan for the City of Thunder Bay. This project would involve a partnership of various community representatives and use available GIS pedestrian and cyclist collision data. An individual or group of university or college students will develop indicators, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and identify priority actions for a Traffic Safety Action Plan.

    Target Academic Program/Faculty
    Public Health, Sociology, Civil Engineering, or relevant.

    Working Groups Involved
    Mobility (Walkability, Active Transportation, Transit)

  2. Mapping And Quantifying Urban Sprawl In Thunder Bay 
    The final product of this research project will be a report that will outline the growth of urban sprawl in Thunder Bay over a 15-year period.  The Report will begin with a description of Urban Sprawl and describe the impact of sprawl on municipalities. The Report will show the development of all types of residential developments over a 15-year period using GIS mapping.  The report will describe the impacts of this development on the cost of City services. 

    Target Academic Program/Faculty
    Geography, Business, Sociology, Civil Engineering

    Working Groups Involved
    Land Use, Mobility (Walkability, Active Transportation, Transit)

  3. Drywall Waste 
    The construction industry enormous levels of undersized pieces of drywall to the landfill each year. Is there an alternate business model/diversion stream that could create demand/re-use/new use for undersized drywall product?

    Target Academic Program/Faculty
    Business, Engineering 

    Working Groups Involved
    Waste