Vision & Mission
The Athabasca River Basin Research Institute plays a
trusted role with Athabasca River Basin stakeholders and academia
through facilitation of open and transparent interdisciplinary research
and knowledge exchange on issues of key regional importance.
The Athabasca River Basin Research Institute supports
interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and knowledge
transfer in the Athabasca River Basin for all stakeholders by improving
awareness of past and contemporary issues, and encouraging
collaboration among scientists, scholars, and basin stakeholders.
The following principles underlie the work of the Athabasca River Basin Research Institute:
- Advancement of the Athabasca River Basin depends upon
understanding its natural, cultural and developmental diversity and
heritage and upon imagining future choices and alternatives across
disciplines, political and cultural perspectives and historical,
ecological and economic contexts.
- Key to identifying the basin’s prime opportunities,
challenges and solutions is the active engagement of the basin’s
citizens (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal), civic institutions,
industries and government officials in co-ordination with scientists
and scholars from many disciplines.
- The success of the institute will depend on quality
scholarship and science, rooted in applied, theoretical and basic
research undertaken by Athabasca University faculty members, students
and associates, the fostering of linkages and partnerships across
disciplines and between the university and broader community, and the
creation of accessible communication forums for the respectful and
thoughtful exchange of ideas and knowledge and for the identification
of issues and common interests in the basin.
- Understanding the research needs of stakeholders,
providing information on current research initiatives and facilitating
research to meet identified needs are fundamental to the institute’s
vision and mission.