We are celebrating and raising the profile of scholarly milestones and research impacts from across the SFU research community.
Examples of Scholarly Impacts can include:
- Publishing a paper in a high-impact journal;
- Patenting an invention;
- Debuting a new performance piece;
- Publishing a monograph or book;
- Changing a government policy; and/or
- Changing the way we think about or understand the world around us.
We expect most of the publications that are featured to be recent impacts—however, we will also publish a transformative impact from the past, from time-to-time.
As part of SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week, selected researchers will work with a member of the VP Research and International Office's communications and marketing team for support. We will also work with researchers to discuss how we can mobilize knowledge on their work by submitting to The Conversation Canada—one of the world's most trusted independent sources of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public.
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Education, advocacy and collaboration to eliminate relationship violence
Jennifer MarchbankFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
What can be done to prevent violence in close relationships? Professor of gender, sexuality and women's studies Jennifer Marchbank works closely with communities on issues of social justice. She recently collaborated with BCIT, KPU and SFU colleagues on a book exploring the complexities of violence in relationships. Making Sense of a Global Pandemic: Relationship Violence & Working Together Towards a Violence Free Society is a free, open-access resource offering insights and tools for educators, service providers and the public.
Multidisciplinary research advances hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
Erik KjeangFaculty of Applied Sciences
SFU expert in community-centred climate innovation, mechatronic systems engineering professor and Canada Research Chair Erik Kjeang leads the Fuel Cell Research Laboratory. The research team is working to develop efficient, affordable and durable fuel cells that will provide reliable and sustainable clean energy options.
Global energy models demonstrate best use of resources
Taco NietFaculty of Applied Sciences
Sustainable energy engineering professor Taco Niet is an expert in community-centred climate innovation and studies the nexus—or interactions—between climate, land, energy and water systems (CLEWs) as a whole. His global energy systems models are designed to inform policy and ensure the most beneficial use of finite natural resources.
TOP 22 OF 2022: SFU’s scholarly impacts, innovations and ideas
Throughout 2022, SFU scholars continued to make breakthrough scientific discoveries that are transforming their disciplines, benefitting our communities and broadening our understanding of the planet.
This week we highlight the scholarly works that received the most attention according to Altmetric and the most-cited academic papers—SFU's top 22 publications of 2022.
For British Columbians, possession of illegal substances is not so simple
Alissa GreerFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Starting in January, small amounts of some illegal substances will be decriminalized in British Columbia. SFU Criminology professor Alissa Greer says this is an excellent step forward to reframe drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal issue. As a Michael Smith Health Research B.C. Scholar, Greer will study how the new law is interpreted and used day-to-day by police officers.
Greer recently published a study, Simple possession as a 'tool': Drug law enforcement practices among police officers in the context of depenalization in British Columbia, Canada.
More urban greenspace may reduce diabetes risk
Scott LearFaculty of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Professor Scott Lear studies how the neighbourhoods we live in can affect our health. His recent study finds that more urban greenspace plus higher socioeconomic status is linked to lower risk of diabetes—advice that urban planners can literally take to heart.
Business resiliency in a time of global crisis
June FrancisBeedie School of Business
The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, mass migration and other shocks have disrupted organizations across the globe. SFU Beedie School of Business professor June Francis says businesses can improve their resiliency by drawing upon the diverse range of capitals found in the wider community.
Her paper, Resources for business resilience in a COVID-19 world: A community-centric approach, co-authored with Beedie alumnus and IE Business School professor Stephanie Beninger, outlines how businesses can use the novel and actionable integrated capital framework to survive—and to thrive.
New interdisciplinary technology to aid wilderness search and rescue
Carman NeustaedterFaculty of Communication, Art and Technology
School of Interactive Arts and Technology Professor Carman Neustaedter and collaborators Brennan Jones and Anthony Tang used an interdisciplinary approach to create RescueCASTR – new technology that uses wearable cameras to help search and rescue personal communicate in the backcountry.
Urgent support needed for children’s mental health
Charlotte WaddellFaculty of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Professor Charlotte Waddell and her research team at SFU’s Children's Health Policy Centre found that in many affluent countries—Canada included—less than half of children with mental health disorders receive any services for these conditions. She recommends an urgent call to action to support children’s mental wellbeing.
The study, Prevalence of childhood mental disorders in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis to inform policymaking, was published in Evidence-Based Mental Health.
Are small farms really more productive than large farms?
Fernando AragónFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Research from SFU Economics professor Fernando Aragón suggests that policies to foster small-scale agriculture in the Global South may be counterproductive. Facilitating land transactions and eliminating distortionary policies could help farmers thrive.
His article, Are small farms really more productive than large farms? co-authored with Diego Restuccia (University of Toronto) and Juan Pablo Rud (Royal Holloway, University of London) was published in Food Policy.