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April 19, 2014   

University of Saskatchewan appoints new centennial chair

Dr. Jeremy Rayner
April 22, 2010

The University of Saskatchewan has appointed Jeremy Rayner as the centennial chair in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) for a five-year renewable term, effective July 1, 2010.

“Dr. Rayner’s expertise in a range of public policy areas makes him a valuable addition to the JSGS,” said Michael Atkinson, executive director of the school. “As centennial chair, he will foster interdisciplinary research by developing a prominent research and graduate student training program, which will help JSGS continue to attract students from across the country and around the world.”

Rayner’s current research focuses on three primary areas – global forest governance; resource, environmental and energy policies; and policy theory, particularly institutionalism and problems of policy change. One of his projects integrates science and technology perspectives with non-scientific perspectives in decision making to understand the options for a transition to sustainable power generation in Saskatchewan. He is also currently the chair of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime, and a co-investigator on the recently announced $5.4 million Genome Canada project, VALGEN.

“I am pleased to accept this position and look forward to the new opportunities it offers, not only to me personally, but also to the school and to the University of Saskatchewan,” said Rayner. “The school is an ideal location for collaborative and interdisciplinary work on complex issues, and a place where policy-relevant research can make the classroom experience more realistic and rewarding for everyone."

Rayner, currently the head of political science at the University of Regina (U of R), was educated at Cambridge and Durham before immigrating to Canada, where he earned his PhD in political science at the University of British Columbia. In addition to his long history of teaching and research, he has also provided administrative leadership as a department head at Lakehead University and the U of R.

The centennial chair, established at the U of S to mark its 100th anniversary in 2007, provides leadership in establishing an interdisciplinary research program and promoting excellence in graduate student training.

JSGS is a provincial centre with campuses at both the U of S and the U of R. The school provides students and faculty with the opportunity to work on contemporary public policy and administration challenges in an academic environment known for innovation.

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For more information, contact:

Joanne Paulson, Research Communications Officer
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 966-8393
Email: joanne.paulson@usask.ca

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