CLUE: City Logistics for the Urban Economy is supportive of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its research design, in the composition of its academic research team, and in its training plan. EDI is an intrinsic part of the CLUE research culture. To promote continuing improvement, we engage in an annual survey of all CLUE research participants, with questions that specifically identify challenges experienced by research participants in their training. Anonymized and aggregated results of the surveys are reported back to the Smart Freight Centre Governance Committee which helps to identify potential areas for improvement in the training experience. CLUE ensures EDI via the following channels:
- Research Design: Research projects are designed to address equity diversity and inclusion in substantive ways (e.g. Projects 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, etc.)
- Team Composition: The academic team is committed to equity and to creating a diverse and inclusive research environment. The CLUE Leadership Team has been constructed with diversity in mind.
- Recruitment and Career Development: CLUE engages in pro-active hiring practices for research associates, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate student positions, to encourage candidates who identify as women, visible minorities and other under-represented groups to apply for and, if selected, to accept these positions.
- Training Plan: CLUE organizes a seminar series as part of the training of all HQP that addresses EDI topics.The seminars are led by Ms. Marisa Sterling and the CLUE Leadership Team. They draw on resources from the Equity Offices of University of Toronto (2020), McMaster University (2020) and York University (2020).