Past and current projects


National Energy Board Data Mining Project (spring 2016)
conducted by a three-person team of student researchers

In spring 2016, KPIRG administered the NEB Data Mining Project in partnership with Pipe Up. Three KPU student researchers systematically sourced and reviewed written and oral summary arguments from selected municipalities and which were submitted to the NEB hearings, held in Burnaby in 2016, on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. They drafted brief summaries of the submissions that clarified the municipalities’ positions on the proposed pipeline expansion; identified expert studies commissioned by the municipality; and extracted quotes from the submissions that pertained to public, government, and professional concerns about the Kinder Morgan proposal. Concerns included costs to local governments, emergency response, human health, and environmental impacts. Each student was assigned one of 1) Surrey and Metro Vancouver, 2) Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley Regional District, and 3) Abbotsford and the Township of Langley.


A Place Where Everyone Belongs: Experiences of Students with Disabilities at KPU
(2015-spring 2017)

    • A study on barriers to students with disabilities and an analysis of disability accommodation policies at various universities across Canada
    • conducted by a three-person team of student researchers

“In 2015, self-identified students with disabilities, who registered with KPU’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), accounted for nearly 4 percent of the KPU student population. In the face of variegated institutional reform across Canadian post-secondary institutions, as well as resistance to these changes, a critical assessment of the extent of accessibility and accommodation for self-identified students with disabilities at KPU is imperative. This research project aims to 1) raise awareness around the physical, academic, financial, cultural, and other barriers facing KPU students with disabilities and 2) effect progressive policy change at KPU by forming the foundation for future accessibility and accommodations policies. Ultimately, this research endeavors to underscore disability rights as human rights. and promote a more inclusive and accessible campus environment for students of all abilities. Benefits: One direct, public benefit stemming from this research is increased awareness among students, faculty, staff, and administrators at KPU of barriers facing KPU’s students with disabilities and of structures, processes, and mechanisms for inclusion. The knowledge produced and disseminated in the published results will serve as a potent educational tool. Additionally, this study will offer an opportunity for institutional self-reflection, self-assessment, and growth, as well as for students to share their experiences and perspectives and influence policy. Quantitative and qualitative data obtained through this study may help to form the basis of accessibility and accommodations policies at KPU. Upon completion, the student researchers will be submitting this report and accompanying policy proposal to KPU’s President’s Diversity and Equity Committee (PDEC) for deliberation in spring 2017 and possible adaptation or adoption thereafter.”

Cross-University Sexual Violence Policy Analysis
currently enlisting a team of student researchers

This project aims to:

1)   Analyze KPU policies and procedures, as they pertain to

  1. i) university responses to sexual assault tracking and public disclosures;
  2. ii) survivors’ disclosures to KPU security and/or KPU administration and/or law enforcement;

iii)   follow-up services on campus and referrals to off campus services/programs;

  1. iv) communication/reporting chains; and
  2. v) relationship between KPU administration, KPU-contracted security, and law enforcement.

2)   Compare KPU policies and procedures with those found elsewhere in BC/Canada.

3)   Submit findings and recommendations to KPU Committee on Sexual Assault Policy


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