Research with Reach

Research with Reach is a video series that showcases the work of Athabasca University (AU) researchers and graduate students who are tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.

From advances in education and technology to climate change to health care to sustainable business, AU researchers are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and discovery. Their work maximizes the university’s contribution to, and impact on, communities near and far

Knowledge and discovery at Athabasca University

The research challenges we are facing today are not defined by borders. That means our solutions can’t be either. Athabasca University is open in everything we do. With researchers located across Alberta and Canada, we are the ideal partner to co-create salutation to local problems of global significance. Through innovative, digital-first research, we are tackling some of the biggest challenges in our world and developing solutions for a healthier future.

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Season 4

Exploring teen food choices and nutrition in rural Alberta

Food has a huge impact on nutrition and health, and what we choose to eat is heavily influenced by our food environments—where we live, but also social, economic, and political factors that affect eating choices. Dr. Alexa Ferdinands is working with teens in Drayton Valley, Alta., to understand their food choices and eating habits in a rural oil-and-gas town.

Dr. Alexa Ferdinands

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Solving nursing shortage critical to Canada’s health-care crisis

A worldwide shortage of nurses has resulted in a surge of nursing positions in Canada going unfilled. This puts a heavy strain on health-care systems in Canada. Dr. Venise Bryan is researching the experiences of nurses and health-care workers as they advance their careers and expand their skills. The results could help improve nursing education and mentorship.

Dr. Venise Bryan

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Exploring Canada’s affordable housing crisis

The spotlight on Canada's affordable housing crisis intensifies as rent hikes, dwindling rental units, and urban encampments grab public attention. Dr. Katie MacDonald’s research focuses on the experiences of people working in the affordable housing sector. She also explains why a shift in thinking is needed to ensure housing is a human right.

Dr. Katie MacDonald

Read more about the housing affordability crisis on The Hub

Updated April 17, 2024 by Digital & Web Operations (web_services@athabascau.ca)