When excellence meets equity: re-imagining research chairs
As the very nature and conduct of research evolves, the policy experiments will no doubt continue for supporting talent, knowledge and discovery. The research chairs remain important, but they are merely one element of the country’s expanding ecosystem for knowledge creation and dissemination.
Canada’s research system has been built around the constant tensions of excellence versus equity (including its oft-charged politico-geographic dimension). It should come as no surprise that there is a healthy debate today as to what academic research chairs represent in their contributions and impacts to knowledge discovery and to the advancement of society. Excellence has met up with equity and diversity as key criteria in this changing context. Image courtesy of Pexels.com