Trainee Research Opportunities 

The INTERACT research program is recruiting students for MSc and PhD opportunities. We are seeking to recruit students for projects in the following areas:

Methods for Transportation Mode Detection

INTERACT is seeking students for MSc and PhD programs who have an interest in transportation mode detection using GPS and accelerometer data. The student will work to develop novel methods to detect transportation mode using INTERACT data. Students from a variety of backgrounds can apply for this position. Experience using GPS and/or accelerometer data, and programming experience in R or Python are considerable assets.

 

Qualitative Research

INTERACT is seeking students for MSc and PhD programs who have an interest in qualitative research about health and urban mobility. The student will engage in qualitative research methods to understand the context of the INTERACT interventions from participants’ perspectives, and also the role of intersectoral decision makers in urban form change. Students from a variety of backgrounds can apply for this position including geography, public health, and sociology. Some experience with qualitative research and/or urban planning is an asset.

 

Quantitative Urban Geography

INTERACT is seeking students for MSc and PhD programs who have an interest in quantitative urban and/or health geography. The student may choose to approach the topic from a range of fields, such as urban planning, health policy, environmental justice, spatial data, open data, interoperability, or database systems. The student will work to develop novel measures and metrics of the urban environment including transportation systems and cycling infrastructure, among others. Students from a variety of backgrounds can apply for this position. Experience with geography, urban planning, and quantitative research are assets. Some experience programming in R or Python, and using ArcGIS or QGIS are also assets.

 

Population and Public Health Research

INTERACT is seeking students for MSc and PhD programs who have an interest in public health, epidemiology and population health intervention research. The student will work on assessing impacts of urban form on physical activity, social participation, well-being, as well as health and social inequalities. Students from a variety of backgrounds can apply for this position, including population and public health, social sciences, geography, and urban planning.

 

Implementation Science

INTERACT is seeking students for MSc and PhD programs who have an interest in implementation science and knowledge translation. The student will work to develop, adapt, and apply implementation models, theories, and frameworks in an urban form context. Related areas of investigation may include processes and tools for moving research into action, factors that influence implementation outcomes, and the evaluation of implementation. Students from a variety of backgrounds can apply for this position. Experience in public health, health equity, knowledge translation, social network analysis, data visualization, urban planning, and policy settings are assets.

 

Finally, we are open to shaping traineeships based on student interests that align with INTERACT goals. If you would like to propose specific research ideas, please contact a member of our team to discuss potential research plans.