Sarah Tranum, "CleanCube Project" Poster
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:30am

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to launch the fourth iteration of the "This is Research" campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University. This volume features work by Julius Manapul, Veronika Szudlarek, Sarah Tranum, Pam Patterson, Cindy Poremba, and Nithikul Nimkulrat.

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.

THIS IS RESEARCH features posters and media showcasing the many forms of research at the University. You can see the first set of these on the many screens across campus and our website.

In concert with provincial efforts being coordinated through the Council of Ontario Universities, “THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community.

Please join us in celebrating research at OCADU!

If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH” please contact our office at

Julius Manapul, "Erasing a Country: An On-Going Series of Research" Poster
Nithikul Nimkulrat, "Experiential Craft: Handmade and Gestural Knowledge in Analog-Digital Material Practice" Poster
Pam Patterson, "Land Liminality Loss" Poster
Cindy Poremba, "VVV: Volumetric Video in Videogames" Poster
Veronika Szudlarek, "Virtual Paint Jam" Poster


Congratulations to Dr. Martha Ladly, for receiving the 2019/2020 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity.

Dr. Martha Ladly is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice-based research takes a feminist approach, employing new technologies with a critical view towards their impacts on human bodies, cultures, and societies. She employs creative practices, narrative methodologies, and sensitive user design principles to approach diverse subject matters. Martha has co-designed mobile applications to investigate community histories (Park Walk); tablet applications to support elders with memory loss (Postcard Memories); and created gesture-based installations to enable video search and display of an historic CBC News corpus (The CBC Newsworld Holodeck). ​

Her current SSHRC funded project, Decoding Origins, has been co-developed with co-Principal Investigator Dr. Katrina Keefer and researcher Kartikay Chadha with an international, multicultural team of researchers. Their work employs art, design, archival research and collection, digitization and data visualization, to uncover and restore African identities and life stories which the slave trade sought to erase. A cautious hope is that the research may soon assist ancestors of enslaved individuals in tracing their origins back to African homelands.

Congratualtions to  Dr. Alia Weston for receiving the 2019/2020 Award for Excellence in Early Research.

Dr. Alia Weston is an Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise. Through her research and practice Alia explores the intersection of business, creativity and social change. She takes a critical theory perspective to question dominant research paradigms and redefine how we understand knowledge; exploring themes such as critical business practice, creative work practices in resource constraints, social innovation in education, and experiential food methodology. Some examples of Alia’s research include the Impact Collective social innovation project (co-directed with Zev Farber, CEAD), Good w/ Food research project (with Zev Farber and Alexandra Hong, CEAD), and Culture Creates Bonds (with Sara Diamond, Marcus Gordon, Rachna Kumar and Zoe Dion-Van Royen). Alia’s work as an educator and researcher is supported by her practice as a designer-entrepreneur. She uses her design practice, the Alia Weston jewelry brand, as a living research project and utilizes insights to teach OCAD U students about the how-to aspects of running a creative business. ​


Important News from the Research Ethics Board

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:15pm

REB application submission deadline for winter closure 

All REB applications submitted after December 6, 2019 will receive feedback from January 3, 2020 onwards. The REB does not review applications during the winter closure. 


Newly appointed REB Chair 

David Griffin (born Kingston, Jamaica) has been appointed the OCADU REB Chair from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021. Dr. Griffin has been a member of the OCADU REB since 2015. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art. Dr. Griffin holds a PhD from the Glasgow School of Art, an MFA from the Pratt Institute, and a BFA degree from Parsons School of Design.   

Dr. Griffin works with drawing and colour, seeking the right question. He has published his theoretical writing on diagrammatic drawing methods and music notation systems most recently in the MIT Press’ Leonardo Journal (2013), and the Intellect Press’ Drawing: research theory practice (2018), and has exhibited and presented his art and scholarship at the New School in New York, RMIT in Melbourne, Brighton University and Cambridge University in the UK, among other places. 


New REB members 

  • Dr. Lisa Goos has joined the OCADU as a community member. She is the Director of Clinical Research Services at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. Goos received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from York University, and was a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Her area of research specialization was the influence of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms on cognitive development and behaviour.  Dr. Goos has also worked and published extensively in the area of genetic communications, helping scientists and non-scientists engage in informed dialogue and decision-making on the basis of genetic information. An exceptional corporate change agent, Lisa has driven development in the strategic and functional capacity necessary to enable knowledge translation, and facilitated research integration with practice across healthcare, legal and academic settings.    

  • Huda Salha has joined the OCADU REB as a graduate student member. Salha is a candidate in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design (MFA) at OCAD University. She holds a BFA Honors from York University, Toronto, a B.A. in English Literature, Gaza, in addition to two years in studio art at Athens School of Fine Arts. She is a Palestinian Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Her work explores the historical, cultural and psychological sense of place. She is interested in the way identity and memory are interwoven with place through political and cultural boundaries. Her artworks have been published in online galleries as well as several, magazines, newspapers, art books. Salha has received numerous awards, the most recent is a global award from Britain.  


Applications open for new REB members 

The OCADU REB seeks new members to address OCADU’s need for representation from various OCADU community groups. Membership is voluntary and requires time for doing reviews and attending meetings. We are conscious of the gap in Indigenous representation on our REB and are committed to addressing it. The following positions are open: 

  • Full member, Faculty of Art (multiple seats available) 

  • Full member, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary (multiple seats available) 

  • Full or Ad Hoc member, Indigenous representative 

  • Undergraduate student member (1 seat available) 

More information about the membership criteria and position expectations are available here


New Procedures for OCADU Researchers and Instructors 

1. TCPS2 CORE certificate must be attached to all applications for research ethics approval 

  • All researchers acting under the auspices of OCAD University (OCAD U) who are applying for OCAD U Research Ethics Board approval must complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement:  Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Participants (TCPS2): Course on Research Ethics (CORE). Existing TCPS 2: CORE completion certificates must not be dated earlier than 2014. More information available here.  

2. New approach to course-based research ethics applications 

  • A layered approach to Course-based Research (CBR) Ethics Application requirements. More information available here


Policy Update: Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) 

The Panel on Research Ethics has released the newly updated TCPS 2 (2018). The updated policy includes new guidance, topics moved from clinical trials (Chapter 11), clarifications, terminology changes, and corrections. The updated policy is accompanied by Highlights of changes: Summary of revisions in TCPS 2 (2018) and How to Address Material Incidental Findings

Some key updates include: 

  • new guidance on research involving communities; 

  • requiring ethics review for course-based research activities; 

  • clarification of institutional responsibilities in supporting researchers being legally compelled to disclose confidential participant information; 

  • clarification of ethics review requirement for pilot studies;  

  • clarification regarding exemption of research involving information that is publicly available through legislation or regulation or that is in the public domain; 

  • details on the management of material incidental findings in different circumstances; and 

  • distinguishing the role of the principal investigator in the context of multi-jurisdictional research. 

OCAD University researchers are encouraged to review the updated policy and accompanying documents. 



OCAD U Participates in eCampusOntario Micro-Certification Pilot Project

The Office of Research and Innovation, with support from the Centre for Emerging Artist + Designer, and in partnership with the Faculty of Curriculum Development Centre and Office of Continuing Studies have been awarded $25,000 to participate in eCampusOntario’s Micro-Certification Pilot Project.

OCAD U is one of 14 institutions* out 34 applicants to be selected to participate in this pilot project. Working together with our industry partner, Myant Inc., the team is developing a micro-certification course in user-centred product design that will be included in Continuing Studies’ non-degree credit, certificate courses, this spring. This micro-certification course will provide OCAD U alumni and other emerging design professionals, a unique way to certify achievement of a specific set of skills that are in demand in the labour market.

The project team will be presenting their work on this pilot at the eCampusOntario Micro-certification Forum 2020 on February 21, at the Toronto Reference Library.

*Participating Universities and Colleges: OCAD U, Waterloo, York, Queens, Western, Wilfrid Laurier, Western, Windsor + Ontario Tech, George Brown, Humber, Conestoga, Lambton, Sault, St. Lawrence.



IDRC Receives $2.9M for Project We Count

The Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University has received a $2.9 M grant from the Government of Canada, through the Accessible Technology Program for Project We Count. The project will address barriers to participation and employment for persons with disabilities in the rapidly growing data economy. At the same time, the project will tackle bias and exclusion of persons with disabilities in data systems and ensure that these systems (including artificial intelligence, smart technologies, data-driven decision making and data analytics) recognize, understand and serve people with disabilities by creating innovative machine learning strategies and addressing data gaps. 

Project We Count will increase knowledge, establish skills, develop inclusive data tools and create a forum whereby the Canadian disability community can help shape the rapidly evolving data economy in more inclusive directions.


BAIT: Curated by Ryan Rice, Featuring Work by Couzyn van Heuvelen

BAIT, an exhibition featuring work by Couzyn van Heuvelen and curated by Ryan Rice, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, opened on September 13, 2019, at 6 pm. The exhibition ran from September 13, 2019 to October 19, 2019, and its opening coincided with a publication launch that was co-produced by the Owens Art Gallery and featured writing by Ryan Rice, Camille Georgeson-Usher, and Bryan Winters. The night also coincided with the launch of Inuit Art Quarterly's Fall 2019 issue. Copies of both the publication and magazine were available for purchase. A talk with the curator and artist was held the following day, September 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm.

Couzyn van Heuvelen’s work is a reinterpretation and reimagining of Inuit hunting and fishing implements. The sculptural works draw upon the artist’s relationship to Inuit tradition and land-based material culture and technology. BAIT addresses issues related to the transitional experiences between north and south, food sovereignty, and the binaries of art, craft, and function. The exhibition was supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

You may read more about BAIT in the September 2019 issue of the Artscape Newsletter.


SSHRC Insight Development Grant Infosession and Grant Writing Workshop #1

Poster for IDG infosessions
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

An information session on the SSHRC Insight Development Grant will be held between 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Grant Writing Workshop 1: The Core Proposal, will be held from 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. 

Venue & Address: 
RHA 701K, 205 Richmond St. West
Poster for IDG infosessions

Research Office Hosts Grant Writing Workshops and Information Sessions

Poster for IDG infosessions
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is hosting information sessions and grant writing workshops in advance of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant submission deadline in February 2020. The SSHRC IDG provides up to $75,000 over two years to support research in its initial stages. 

This funding is especially applicable to emerging scholars and supports the development of new research questions and/or approaches.

Three identical sessions will be held for the SSHRC IDG. More sessions may be available, depending on demand.

  • IDG Information Session 1 (in-person): October 17, 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • IDG Information Session 2 (in-person): October 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • IDG Information Session 3 (online): October 30, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • Registration is required for the online session. The meeting ID is 315-174-308

Four interactive workshops will be held, each covering a different component of a standard research grant application. While the sessions will be applicable to any research grant application, they will be modeled closest to typical SSHRC grants. If you are unable to attend all the workshops, select the ones that are most applicable to you. Please reach out if you have further questions about the focus of any of the workshops.

  • Workshop 1: The Core Proposal: October 17, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Workshop 2: Online Forms and Additional Information: October 22, 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Workshop 3: Budget: October 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Workshop 4: Summary and Pulling it All Together: November 6, 1:00pm-2:00pm

All infosessions and workshops will take place in Rm. RHA 701K, 205 Richmond St. West. 

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. 

Poster for IDG infosessions


James Miller's research poster
Gabrielle Moser's research poster
Alia Weston's research poster
Lynne Milgram's research poster
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:45pm

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.“THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community. The third iteration features the work of Dr. Gabrielle Moser, Dr. James Miller, Dr. Lynne Milgram, and Dr. Alia Weston.The first and and second versions of this campaign are available at and

Stay tuned for more releases coming soon!

PDF versions are available for download below. If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH,” please contact our office at

SSHRC Representative Campus Visit

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

The presentation will focus on Insight and Insight Development Grants and may be of interest to researchers working in the fields of architecture, design, creative writing, visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles), performing arts (e.g., dance, music, theatre), film, video, performance art, interdisciplinary arts, media and electronic arts, and new artistic practices.

The presentation will be open to researchers and research administrators affiliated with post-secondary institutions in the Toronto area.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation and SSHRC representatives will be available between 1:00-3:00 pm for informal drop-in sessions with the possibility of smaller group discussions and face-to-face meetings in the afternoon. The location for these informal sessions will be confirmed closer to the date.

Please RSVP to Melissa Golberg,, by Tuesday, September 3rd.  

Venue & Address: 
MCA 190, 100 McCaul Street,Toronto M5T 1W1