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Social Innovation and Action Research Award Recipients

The Social Innovation and/or Action Scholarly Research and Creative (SRC) Award is a university-wide, annual award that recognizes excellence in SRC initiatives done in collaboration with community partners which lead to the strengthening of civil society either through program or policy impact(s). Projects may include a range of initiatives, such as corporate social responsibility, public private partnerships, new ventures, technological innovations, or process improvements within existing non-profit or government organizations in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, health, human rights, diversity and inclusion, violence prevention, peace building, sustainability, capacity building and/or engagement.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative social innovation action

2021 recipient

Jonathon Anderson

School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design

Jonathon Anderson is an Associate Professor of Interior Design and Director of the Creative Technology Lab at FCAD. His work, which explores how industrial manufacturing influences the design and making processes, is characterized by innovative and explorative methods that result in interconnected design, fine art and technology solutions. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment was in extremely short supply. Professor Anderson partnered with the local medical community to prototype a groundbreaking, medical-grade face shield, and streamlined the production process by leveraging creative technological methods. This highly collaborative SRC initiative to address the critical shortage of personal protective equipment provided vital support to local front-line workers.

Past recipients

  • Sara Edge
    Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Rupa Banerjee
    Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Wendy Cukier
    Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Ben Barry
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Josephine Wong
    Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services