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 with operations is a project coordinator, who ensures that the research work of the Centre represents the best use of endowment funds and takes full advantage of the pre-existing resources and infrastructure available at The School of Public Policy and the University of Calgary. An independent Advisory Board oversees operations and provides input on research issues.
The project of a dedicated centre focused on research and public education in the agri-business and agri-food sector was developed in close collaboration between UCalgary School of Public Policy and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. This transdisciplinary model also involves other schools and faculties contributing their particular expertise to the Simpson Centre on a program basis. The Simpson Centre is actively developing partnerships with other research centres in the province, in Canada and beyond.