Co-creation in Climate Research

May 02, 2024

Event description

In an era marked by unprecedented environmental shifts, the need for interdisciplinary cooperation and community engagement has never been more pressing. Join us for the first in a series of webinars exploring topics related to co-creation in climate research, where we will explore innovative approaches to climate research that work in and with communities.

This workshop is designed to bring together SFU researchers, staff and students interested in leveraging climate research and community engagement to develop impactful solutions. Participants will delve into the principles, methods, and benefits of co-creation in climate research through case studies from SFU researchers.

This webinar series is hosted by SFU CERi in collaboration with the RESET Lab and SFU Climate Innovation.


Dr. Maya Gislason, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at SFU

Dr. Maya Gislason is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where she leads the Research for Ecosocial and Equitable Transformation (RESET) Lab.  A defining characteristic of her research is the integration of social inequities in health scholarship, intersectionality, and gender-based analysis plus with ecosystem approaches to health. Her research includes topics such as climate change, and focuses on connecting theory to practice, with a particular focus on women and children’s health. 


Dr. Alison Shaw, Executive Director for Community-Centred Climate Innovation

Dr. Alison Shaw joined SFU as Executive Director of the ACT - Action on Climate Team, and is currently the inaugural Executive Director for SFU Climate Innovation - a critical research priority in the Universities strategic research plan. She has over two decades of experience pioneering cross-cutting climate change and sustainability science and policy research, building partnerships and networks, and in mobilizing research-to-practice at international, national, regional and local scales. Her efforts have focused on sustainability transitions and transformative change, encouraging policy and decision makers to better understand the profound and urgent socio-economic implications of climate change, and to engage leaders from diverse sectors and scales to reorient toward sustainability.


Angel Kennedy, MPH, BSc

Research Manager/Coordinator of RESET Lab, PhD Candidate

Angel is the Research Manager for the Researching for Eco-Social and Equitable Transformation (RESET) Lab, a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University, Researcher for the Environment, Community Health Observatory (ECHO) Network, and Early Career Coordinator for Ecohealth International. Angel actively engages in the dynamic space of intergenerational equity-oriented policy formation, including through research contracts and presentations to various levels of government and workshops on youth engagement. Angel’s research is supported through a SSHRC Fellowship, and an award from the Initiative for Digital Citizen Research program.


Dr. Tara Mahoney 

Tara Mahoney is the Research and Engagement Lead with SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). With over 15 years of experience in community organizing and a PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University, Tara has been at the forefront of innovative projects that bridge the gap between academic research and community-driven solutions. She teaches climate communications in the Climate Action certificate program at SFU and has published widely on topics related to community-engaged research and public engagement with climate issues. Prior to her role with SFU CERi, Tara was the co-founder and creative director of public engagement agency Gen Why Media, instructor with Civic Innovation Change Lab at RADIUS SFU and the Research Fellow in Climate Change Communications at the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn more about her engagement work and publications visit