Concordia’s new public researchers will spend the next year presenting their doctoral research


Concordia has selected its 2022-23 Public Scholars. The 10 talented doctoral students represent the best graduate researchers from the university and were chosen for their academic excellence, the diversity of their research and their community involvement.

Public Scholars cover a wide range of topics, from sustainable buildings to the role of race in gentrification to the use of artificial intelligence to discover powerful new antibiotics.

Launched in 2016 in partnership with the Montreal GazetteConcordia’s Public Scholars program is expanding its media partnerships to include The duty and The conversation. These highly respected media organizations will help Public Scholars engage with more communities in Quebec, Canada, and beyond.

“We are thrilled to partner with these major media organizations to better showcase the outstanding research conducted by our graduate students,” said Faye Diamantoudi, Acting Dean of Graduate Studies.

“The goal of our Public Scholars program is to share the exciting and meaningful research taking place at Concordia with our wider communities and these new partnerships will greatly enhance our ability to do so.

This year, for the first time, applicants had to complete eight weeks of communications training in order to apply. Public researchers will spend the next year putting what they’ve learned into practice by giving media interviews, posting blogs and op-eds, hosting public events and more.

Concordia public scholarship holders 2022-23

Andréa Cartile, mechanical engineering

How can we better support the complex interactions between people, processes and products in aircraft design and development?

Meet Andrea

Aristofanis Soulikias, Individualized Program (INDI)

How can the city be felt, understood and expressed in cinematic animation techniques that involve handmade physical material?

Meet Aristophanes

Arwa Hussain, religions and culture

Why do women’s choices to live a religious life need to be understood, and what role has social media played in shaping this choice?

Meet Arwa

Ghalia Shamayleh, Marketing

What is the impact of digital therapy delivery on mental health service delivery for providers and consumers?

Meet Ghalia

Hone Mandefro Belaye, sociology and anthropology

How do the inhabitants of condominiums describe their relationship to their new material, social and institutional environment?

Meet Hone

Mieko Tarrius, Geography, planning and environment

How is tech-driven gentrification tied to race and white privilege?

Meet Mieko

Mostafa Saad, Building Engineering

How can we create a robust and rapid method to increase building decarbonization practices?

Meet Mostafa

Scott DeJong, Communication Studies

How do the media literacy concepts we teach on educational games translate into online user practices?

Meet Scott

Vrinda Nair, Physics

Can we find powerful new antibiotics thanks to artificial intelligence?

Meet Vrinda

Varda Nisar, art history

What is the place of museums in Pakistan in the great political upheavals that the country has experienced?

Meet Varda

Learn more about Concordia’s 2022-23 Public Scholars.


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