Faculty Research

Centre for Policy Research on Science & Technology

Established in 1988, the Centre for Policy Research on Science & Technology (CPROST) engages in research on the relationship between public policy and technology. The Centre brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in science and technology, their implemetation in the marketplace, and their impacts on community and individual interests. Several CMNS faculty members are members of CPROST, including the Director of the Centre, Dr. Richard Smith.

Implementation and Evaluation of an Enhanced PharmaNet-Based Adverse Drug Event Reporting Platform to Improve Patient Safety and Meet Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Requirements (Project co-led with Dr. Corinne Hohl, UBC & Vancouver Coastal Health)

Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) are harmful and unintended consequences of medications, that account for 1.8 million emergency department visits in Canada each year, and are a leading cause of unplanned admissions.1–3 Despite the significant burden that ADEs pose for patients and the healthcare system, they are often not documented by clinicians, or effectively communicated between health professionals or across healthcare settings,4,5 contributing to unintentional re-exposures.6 Estimates suggest that 27% of medications withdrawn during hospitalization due to an ADE are re-prescribed within only 6 months,7 indicating an urgent need to develop electronic systems that can help clinical care providers prevent repeat unintentional exposures to harmful drugs.

During an earlier phase of our research we combined systematic review, participatory observation, focus group, and pilot-testing methods as part of an iterative design process. This approach reflects the recognition that information technology-based solutions in health care often fall short of expectations as a result of designers’ failure to account for organizational and work practice considerations, and the needs of end-users. Integrating qualitative methods into an iterative participatory design process, planned in partnership with end-users has allowed us to address specific clinical needs, conceptualize linkages between systems, integrate the reporting system into clinicians’ workflow, and design the system to optimize its uptake into practice. Current funding is allowing us to build, implement and evaluate our design in partnership with multiple stakeholders.

Emergency Preparedness Information eXchange

The Emergency Preparedness Information eXchange (EPIX) is operated by the Telematics Research Lab in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology and PolyLAB . The purpose of EPIX is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among Canadian and international public and private sector organizations about the prevention of, preparation for, recovery from and/or mitigation of risk associated with natural and socio-technological disasters.

Media Saturated World: Helping Kids Reduce The Risk

The project is based on the desire to demonstrate that communities can do something to reduce the lifestyle risks and ill-effects associated with the media saturated world our kids are growing up in. The goals of this project are to help make our children’s lives safer and healthier by reducing the risks associated with TV watching, Internet use and playing with video games. The project was coordinated by the Media Analysis Lab at Simon Fraser University in partnership with the North Vancouver Parents Advisory Council and the North Vancouver District Board of Education. Funding for this pilot project has been provided by the Ministry of Justice Canada.

NewsWatch Canada

NewsWatch Canada undertakes independent research on the diversity and thoroughness of news coverage in Canada’s media, with a focus on identifying blindspots and double-standards. 

Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities

The Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities (CPCC) grew out of a multi-year project teaching cultural policy at SFU in partnership with local arts and community groups. From 2005–2008, SFU, in partnership with the Creative City Network of Canada, conducted a cross-Canada review of the state of Canadian built cultural infrastructure, assembling a Center for Expertise on Culture and Communities with a separate advisory board of notable cultural scholars. In 2008, SFU’s Senate approved the permanent Centre, renaming it the Center for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities.

Labs

ACT Lab

The Applied Communication and Technology Laboratory (ACT Lab) is engaged in research on the intersection between communication technology and cultural creation. It brings together graduate students, practitioners and researchers to study a wide variety of applications of advanced technology to education, community, entertainment, and the arts.

ATIC-DL

Created in 1997, the Assessment of Technology in Context Design Lab (ATIC-DL) is a research facility specializing in research related to the human dimensions of technological change. The ATIC-DL’s research work is based on the philosophy that technological systems are more than simply machines, and in order for technology to work properly, a wide range of human factors must be considered.

Emergency Preparedness Information eXchange Lab

The Emergency Preparedness Information eXchange (EPIX) is operated by the Telematics Research Lab in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology and PolyLAB . The purpose of EPIX is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among Canadian and international public and private sector organizations about the prevention of, preparation for, recovery from and/or mitigation of risk associated with natural and socio-technological disasters.

Global Media Monitoring and Analysis Lab

The Global Media Monitoring and Analysis Lab is a unique and state of the art research facility for critical media analysis and assessment in a digitalized and globalized media environment.

Media Analysis Lab

The Media Analysis Lab provides a creative environment for learning about, analyzing and researching the role of mediated social communication. Its mandate is to generate a synergy between the critical analysis of media and their application in democratic public communication, particularly in the areas of education, advocacy and community development.

Sonic Research Studio

The Sonic Research Studio is the home of the World Soundscape Project (WSP)-an educational and research group established at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s.