Laurentian University Names New Research Director for CRSJP

Dr. Carol Kauppi to lead research at Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 – Dean of the Faculty of Health and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education at Laurentian University, Dr. Roger Couture today announced that Dr. Carol Kauppi has been appointed Director of Research at the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP).


“We are pleased that Dr. Kauppi has been appointed to this position, in recognition of her major contribution to the advancement of social work research here at Laurentian University,” said Dr. Couture. “This full-time research position will enable Carol to fully devote her time to research, to pursue her many current projects across Northern Ontario, and to present her research to groups both within and outside the University.”


CRSJP is a Laurentian University research centre committed to the study of social justice and policy, with particular emphasis on rural and northern communities. Its mandate is to conduct interdisciplinary research on population health, social justice and healthcare issues, including homelessness and poverty. The Centre currently manages the six-year research project “Poverty Homelessness and Migration,” led by Dr. Kauppi and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  Established in 2009, CRSJP was one of the first university research institutes in Canada to focus on these fields.


“I am looking forward to the challenge of advancing and expanding the scope of research conducted through CRSJP, and building on the important work we have accomplished through the Poverty, Homelessness and Migration project,” said Dr. Kauppi.  “We’ve established an excellent foundation, and I am eager to extend our research into the areas of urban renewal, housing and food security.”


With its own research staff, CRSJP collaborates with investigators from various academic units at Laurentian University, from the community, with other research centres in Ontario, and with other universities. 

 “The appointment of Dr. Kauppi as Research Director is in line with the University’s Strategic Plan 2012-2017, as the University aspires to research excellence,” said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President, Research, Laurentian University. “We look forward to the continuing results of the work being done through CRSJP.”