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The documents and materials archived at this website are the result of research done under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Carla Lipsig-Mummé, Professor of Work and Labour Studies at York University between 2008 to 2022. This research was pioneering in its foresight about the problem of global heating and the potential role of workers to contribute to a cleaner economy, as documented in 2010 in The State of Canadian Research On Work, Employment, and Climate Change. This report used a sectoral lens to assess the state of our knowledge, and to identify the gaps which subsequent researchers have addressed in the documents archived here. They are now made freely available in the hopes that future researchers and interested academics, students, and citizens, will be able to build forward from our work.

This research was unique in other ways, as recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in 2018 when it awarded the SSHRC Impact Partnership Award to Professor Lipsig- Mummé for her accomplishment in building a unique, “community-university network partnership” which grew from five partners and eight researchers initially to 52 partners in seven countries. One of the rarest features of this collaborative approach was that it brought together researchers in academia with those in civil society organizations – especially labour unions.
For many years, academics, environmental activists, and union leaders convened annually in informal, face-to-face meetings and discussions. In 2013, the Work in a Warming World (W3) project hosted a 3-day International Conference: Labour, Climate Change, and Social Struggle, which included 90 presentations from researchers from around the world, although some from Asia and Africa were denied entry visas – evidencing the hostile political climate for our work during that period.

One of the goals throughout the research was to produce practical tools for education and action – for example, through the Green Collective Agreements database, which was featured by the International Labour Organization in its 2018 publication, Greening With Jobs: World Employment and Social Outlook 2018, and by the W3/ACW Environmental Racism project, which produced, for example, the Environmental Racism Companion Guide to support the many labour-focused workshops it conducted. The Just Transition and Beyond Roundtable Summary Report documents the 2018 gathering of Canadian unionists that was part of a broader series of reports undertaken by the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces research grant in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

This archive preserves the research outputs of the following research grants, all of which wove together and in some cases overlapped: “What do we know? The implications of global climate change for Canadian employment and work” (2008-09); “Canada’s Work World and the Challenge of Climate Change. Engaging the community” (2011-12); “Work in a Warming World-W3” (2010-17); and “Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces” (2014-22).
Funding for these grants was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), along with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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