The School of Public Policy is known for its independence, rigour and fact-based analysis. The School supports the Simpson Centre in research and public education on forward-looking and practical issues in the agricultural sector, while always maintaining The School’s rigorous standards. Those standards include having an independent advisory council, the separation of funding from research outcomes, and the use of double-blind peer review.
At the same time, the School of Public Policy aggressively works to impact policy discourse through the rapid and assertive dissemination of our findings through the media, to other academics, and to business and government.
The Centre has a Director who holds an academic appointment in the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Assisting the Director is a Manager of Business Operations. An independent Advisory Board oversees operations and provides input on strategy.
This dedicated centre focused on research and public education in the agri-business and agri-food sector adopts a transdisciplinary model that involves other schools and faculties contributing their expertise to the Simpson Centre on a program basis. The Simpson Centre is actively developing partnerships with other research centres in Canada and beyond.