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Social Innovation at Ryerson University

RESOURCES

This section provides you with an overview of resources available to support your social venture, whether you’re a student looking to kickstart your social enterprise, a researcher looking for a grant, or a potential partner looking to learn more about the broader social innovation landscape. 

Publications

Ryerson researchers across faculties are actively exploring and contributing to the area of social innovation across a number of disciplines. Below is a snapshot of selected past research publications related to social innovation:

Name Date Title Publication
Gedeon, S. 2010 What is Entrepreneurship? Abstract Article Entrepreneurial Practice Review 1
Galabuzi, G-E., and Teelucksingh, C 2012 Social cohesion, social exclusion, social capital. Report Region of Peel Immigration Discussion Paper
Knight, M.  2011 Guess who’s coming to dinner? Negotiating visibility, encounters and racism in entrepreneurship. Article.
Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Journal 
Vahabi, M., Damba, C., Rocha, C., and Montoya, E. C. 2011 Food Insecurity Among Latin American Recent Immigrants in Toronto. Abstract.
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 13
Finlay, J., Hardy, M., Morris, D., and Nagy, A. 2010 Mamow Ki-ken-da-ma-win: A partnership approach to child, youth, family and community wellbeing . Abstract.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 8
Chumak-Horbatsch, R.

2012

Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A guide for working with young immigrant children.Book Description.
University of Toronto Press.
Penny, K., Frankel, E. B., and Mothersill, G

2012

Curriculum, Climate and Community: A model for experiential learning in higher education. Article.
Proceedings of the 6th International Technology, Education and Development (INTED2012) Conference. Valencia, Spain
Underwood, K., and Killoran, I.

2012

Parent and Family Perspectives on Engagement: Lessons from the early years. Abstract. Article.
Canadian Journal of Education 35
Gucciardi, E., Chan, V. W., Manuel, L., Sidani, S. 2013 A systemic literature review of diabetes self-management education features to improve diabetes education in women of Black African/Caribbean and Hispanic/Latin American ethnicity. Abstract.
Patient Education and Counseling 92
Wilson-Mitchell, K., and Rummens, J. A. 2013 Perinatal Outcomes of Uninsured Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Mothers and Newborns Living in Toronto, Canada. Abstract & Article. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10
Millett, G. A., Peterson, J. L., Flores, S. A., Hart, T. A., Jeffries, W. L., Wilson, P. A., and Remis, R. S.

2012

Comparisons of disparities and risks of HIV infection in black and other men who have sex with men in Canada, UK, and USA: A meta-analysis. Abstract.
The Lancet 390
Tullio-Pow, S., Schaefer, K., Zhu, R., Kolenchenko, O., and Nyhof-Young, J. 2011
Sweet dreams: Needs assessment and prototype design of post-mastectomy sleepwear. AbstractPaper.
2011 Proceedings: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen
Sidani, S., Guruge, S., Miranda, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., and Varcoe, C. 2010 Cultural adaptation and translation of measures: An integrated method. Abstract.
Research in Nursing and Health 33
McCay, E., Langley, J., Beanlands, Cooper, L., Mudachi, N., Harris, A., and Miner, S.

2010

Mental Health Challenges and Strengths of Street-Involved Youth: The need for a multi-determined approach. Abstract.
Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 42
Corey, J. 

2008

Who Do We Serve? Role conflict in Ontario midwifery.Abstract. Article.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10
van der Meulen, E.,  Durisin, E.M., and Love,  V. 2013 Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada. Info.
University of British Columbia Press
George, U., Chaze, F., Fuller Thomson, E., Brennenstuhl, S. 2012 Underemployment and Life Satisfaction: A Study of Internationally-Trained Engineers in Ontario, Canada. Article.
Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.
Rauhala, A. 2012 Who Says What: Election Coverage and Sourcing of Child Care in Four Canadian Dailies. Article.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol.21, Number 1
Bauder, H.
2011 Immigration Dialectic: Imagining Community, Economy and Nation.Abstract.
University of Toronto Press
Lindgren, A. 2011 Missing and misrepresented: Portrayals of other ethnic and racialized groups in a Greater Toronto ethnocultural newspaper.Abstract and Article. Canadian Ethnic Studies 43-44
Beiser, M., Hamilton, H., Rummens, J.A.,  Oxman-Martinez, J., Ogilvie, L.,  Humphrey, C., and Armstrong, R.
2010 Predictors of emotional problems and physical aggression among children of Hong Kong Chinese, Mainland Chinese and Filipino immigrants to Canada. Article.
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, Volume 45, Issue 10
Kilbride, K. 2010 Forging New Ties, Planting New Roots : A Guide to Canadian Resources for Immigrant Parents of Young Children. Info.
Chestnut Publishing Group
Cukier, W.
2009-2011 DiverseCity Counts: Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area.  Reports.
The Diversity Institute
Gharabaghi, K.

2012

Translating evidence into practice: Supporting the school performance of young people living in residential group care in Ontario. Abstract
Children and Youth Services Review 34
Guruge, S. , Roche, B., & Catallo, C.

2012

Violence against women: An exploration of the physical and mental health trends among immigrant and refugee women in Canada. Article.
ursing Research and Practice (special issue on Immigration and Health)
Monson, C. M., Steffany, S. J., Macdonald, A., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Resick, P. A., Schnurr, P. P.

2012

Effect of Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy for PTSD: A randomized controlled trial.Abstract & Paper
Journal of the American Medical Association 308
Wehbi, S. 2011 Crossing boundaries: Foreign funding and disability rights activism in a context of war. Abstract.
Disability & Society 26
Parada, H., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., and Homan, M. S.

2010

Promoting Community Change: Making it happen in the real world. Book
Canada: Cengage Learning
Levin, A., and Alkoby, A.

2012

Is access to the profession access to justice? Lessons from Canada. Abstract
International Journal of the Legal Profession 19
Ripley, C., Thün, G. & Velikov, K.

2012

The Stratus Project: Responsive Interior Atmospheres. Abstract Interiors: Design, Architecture Culture 3
Walsh, P. R.
2012 Innovation Nirvana or Innovation Wasteland? Identifying commercialization strategies for small and medium renewable energy enterprises. Article Technovation 32
Lachemi, M., Şahmaran, M., Hossain, K. M. A., Lotfya, A., and Shehata, M.

2010

Properties of controlled low-strength materials incorporating cement kiln dust and slag. Abstract. Cement and Concrete Composites 32
Karanja, N., Yeudall, F., Mbugua, S., Njenga, M., Prain, G., Cole, D. C., and Levy, J. M. 2010 Strengthening capacity for sustainable livelihoods and food security through urban agriculture among HIV and AIDS affected households in Nakuru, Kenya. Abstract. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 8
Rocha, C.

2009

Developments in National Policies for Food and Nutrition Security in Brazil. Abstract. Development Policy Review
Cukier, W., Miller, J., Aspevig, K., and Carl, D 2013 Diversity in Leadership and Media: A multi-perspective analysis of the Greater Toronto Area, 2010. Abstract.
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations 11
Struthers, M. 2013 Fair Exchange: Public funding for social impact through the non-profit sector Paper.
Metcalf Foundation
Webb, K. 2012 Bridging the Public/Private Divide in Transnational Business Governance Interactions. Paper
Osgoode Hall Law School Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy Research Paper Series
Ikeda K., and Boase J. 2011 Multiple Discussion Networks and Their Consequence for Political Participation.Abstract.
Osgoode Hall Law School Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy Research Paper Series
Lum, J., Williams, A. P., Sladek, J., Ying, A. 2010 Balancing Care for Supportive Housing (Final Report). Report
Balance of Care Research Group, Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community

Projects

To learn by example, check out some of the incredible past and current students projects.

Organization Description
SupaMaasai Women’s Beading Collective A social enterprise that is helping a women’s cooperative in the rural village of Loodariak, Kenya, to develop a business plan for the fair marketing of their beadwork in Kenya and Canada.
$tart$mart An award-winning financial literacy education program in which volunteers work with community partners to provide education to different audiences, helping them gain the skills needed to achieve financial success.
Suit Up for Success A student-led initiative that provides free, gently-used professional clothing to Ryerson students for use in job interviews.
Alternative Spring Break Brings students to developing countries where they undertake social infrastructure projects to help develop sustainable economic initiatives with the support of ENACTUS and SAGE.
Love Your Neighbour Club Offers fun and unique volunteering opportunities in Toronto as well as abroad, and provides training workshops on how to better serve the community.
Doctor Mad Science A blog where Jordan, a child diagnosed with autism, posts YouTube videos of science experiments that he conducts with the support of Ryerson student Tracy Leparulo.
Ping Pong Story Promotes literacy through an engaging online community for children, educators, and parents, where users can co-create stories while immersed in a fun environment.
FCAD Internship Committee Focuses on spreading awareness about the negative impacts of unpaid internships in the Canadian job market.
Bioniks Laboratories A Toronto-based medical engineering research and development corporation with a focus on brain-controlled prosthetics and rehabilitation devices. Its mission is to create innovative and affordable medical technologies.
Ryerson Student Emergency Response Team (RyeSERT) Volunteer-based student group that provides on-site emergency medical coverage at Ryerson events and residences. Volunteers have a range of backgrounds including firefighters, paramedics, and lifeguards.
Students for Mental Awareness & Health (SMASH) Aims to increase mental health awareness and support in post-secondary environments through peer-to-peer support and advocacy for policy change.
Brighter Futures Fundraiser A collaboration between YWCA Canada and MBA Women in Leadership, where students organize events to raise money for the YWCA's efforts to improve the lives of girls and womens at crucial turning points.
WEMADEIT A collaboration between multiple Canadian universities and industry partners, with the aim of providing young women who look to pursue fulfilling career paths in engineering improved outreach, support, and networking.
Komodo OpenLab Enhances the accessibility of mainstream technologies by developing open source technologies and standards. Komodo’s first product, Tecla, allows users to control their devices with highly customized interfaces, such as their wheelchair driving controls.
Journalists for Human Rights (Ryerson University Chapter) Aims to help everyone in the world become fully aware of their rights through the media.
Lead2Peace A youth-led initiative rooted in Regent Park that aims to educate socially conscious youth who are motivated to make a difference in their communities.
Bare Minimum Designs A design team from Ryerson's School of Interior Design that focuses on repurposing and recycling materials and examining the effects they have on the environment around them.
DanTeb Creates battery-charging stations that can be placed in high-traffic, public places where people don’t have immediate access to a charge.
Plug ‘n Drive A non-profit organization that is accelerating the adoption of electric cars by raising consumer awareness.
Nudge Rewards Helps companies manage, measure, and achieve their sustainability goals by inspiring, educating, and engaging employees.
SoJo An interactive online resource that enables individuals to turn their ideas for social good into action.
CountMeIn Started by 13 year old Shane Feldman (RTA Ryerson student), the organization's “Count Me In Conference” is the largest youth-run empowerment event of its kind, bringing students together with organizations looking for volunteers in an inspirational and interactive event.
Live2Lead Aims to cultivate student leaders in the Ryerson community by providing delegates with the tools and opportunities they need to foster a "city builder" campus.
Soapbox Enables community leaders to aggregate member opinion online. This allows the community to suggest and prioritize ideas and communicate them directly to key decision makers.