In July 2014, Dr. Maya Eichler was selected as Mount Saint Vincent University’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and was awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to develop the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs. Funding was also provided by the Province of Nova Scotia and Mount Saint Vincent University.


Our Mission

The mission of the Centre is to contribute creative ideas to research and public debate on military and defence policy through a focus on gender, citizenship, communities, and social innovation.


Our Purpose

  • To conduct research on the transition from military to civilian life and gender and the armed forces
  • To train graduate and undergraduate students in analysis of public policies, qualitative research methodologies, and community-engaged research
  • To initiate military-civilian engagements on contemporary military, veterans, and defence issues, particularly related to women, gender, and sexual violence
  • To study and explore social innovation in relation to contemporary military and veterans issues, with a particular focus on gender

Current Research Areas

  • Gender in Canadian defence and foreign policy
  • Military sexual violence in Canada
  • Gender and the transition from military to civilian life
  • Community-engaged research on war


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