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An Adaptive Ecosystem Approach to Managing Urban Environments for Human Health

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Acronyme : SICI
Type : Établissement d'enseignement
Mandat : The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a unique educational enterprise that promotes mutual awareness and understanding between India and Canada mainly through facilitating academic activities. The Institute funds research, links institutions in the two countries, and organizes seminars and conferences. These activities are carried out in partnership between the Institute's Canada Office and India Office.
Adresse : 1402 Education Tower
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta,
T2N 1N4
FAX: (403) 289-0100
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : John Abraham
Courriel : jjabraha@ucalgary.ca
Pays : Inde
Ville : Chennai
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : This internship position is associated with an ongoing action-research collaboration among Canadian and Indian investigators. This phase of the project explores an adaptive ecosystem approach to planning and managing for environment and health in slums (squatter settlements) in Chennai (formerly "Madras") India. The approach is heavily influenced by Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology. The work is conceived as a potential model for more broad application to community development in informal settlements.

In Canada
While in Canada, the intern will complete a brief course of and then be trained further on-site in India. Training in Canada will include:

- Exhastive survey of scholarly material with relation to Urban Health issues
- Training in data collection methods
- Familiarization with the ongoing work of the project

The Intern will coordinate field activities associated with collaborative research and development activities of investigators, collaborators and project assistants in Chennai. Intern activities will include, but are not limited to:

- Maintenance of communication with community stakeholders, participating government agencies, NGOs and researchers in Chennai
- Facilitation of field visits of research investigators
- Field visits to study areas to assess and report on project activities
- Administrative and logistical support for participatory action research work in slum areas in Chennai, and the development of community action plans in slum areas
- Secondary data collection from government agencies and research institutions in support of spatial analysis of environment and health data in Chennai
- Organization, facilitation and production of minutes for weekly debriefings of the Chennai field team
- Provision of other assistance, related to this program, to Chennai collaborators as required
Organisation d'accueil : Department of Geography, University of Madras
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Mandates of both the Host Organization and the Overseas Host Organization are to generate and disseminate knowledge, and to provide advanced training/education. In the context of this mandate, the project this internship is attached to is both a development project at the community level, and is also intended to stimulate learning about local governance, cross-scale interactions (community-city-region), self-organization in communities and local capacity to manage environment and health. The project explores an adaptive ecosystem approach to planning and managing for human health in urban areas (focussed on Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India). This late stage of the project applies the approach, heavily influenced by participatory action research, in slum areas (squatter settlements) in Chennai.