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International Research Chairs Initiative (IRCI)
The International Research Chairs Initiative (IRCI) is a five-year, CA$8 million research program that pairs top research talent from universities in Canada with their counterparts in developing countries to address key development challenges. These specialists share their advanced skills and knowledge to confront issues of common concern while mentoring a new generation of scholars and practitioners.

The results of this joint effort: world-class discoveries and healthier, wealthier, fairer societies.

Photo: Tony Fouhse 

IRCI Projects

Alpina Begossi (Brazil) and Fikret Berkes (Canada) are generating integrated approaches to help fishers in Brazil manage local resources, diversify their income sources, and increase food security.

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Rachid Hakkou (Morocco) and Mostafa Benzaazoua (Canada) are conceiving treatment methods to reduce the environmental impact of mining waste from abandoned mines.

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Xiaoyan Zhu (China) and Ming Li (Canada) are finding ways to break the barriers to Internet access in China.

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Ranjan K. Mallik (India) and Robert Schober (Canada) are developing affordable technologies to increase the accessibility of wireless communications in developing countries.

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Nelson Sewankambo (Uganda) and John Lavis (Canada) seek to better understand how research evidence can be effectively used to improve health in Africa.

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Battling pollution in coastal areas

Adalto Bianchini (Brazil) and Christopher Wood (Canada) are developing alternative management strategies to restore and preserve threatened aquatic ecosystems in Brazil.

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Improving child nutrition

Anna Lartey (Ghana) and Grace S. Marquis (Canada) are developing integrated interventions to improve child nutrition.

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Modelling and controlling infectious diseases

Yiming Shao (China) and Jianhong Wu (Canada) are bringing together medical scientists and mathematicians to find ways to contain the spread of diseases in China. 

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International Research Chair Initiative partner receives honorary doctorate from the University of Ghana


The award recognizes the McGill University professor’s contributions to higher education in the country.

Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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