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Looking for a Research Assistant for the Design for Peace Project

About the Role

Colombia, a country on the North-Western corner of South America, has been facing certain critical reconciliation challenges while negotiating understanding and truth-seeking between left and right-winged armed forces, paramilitary and guerrilla groups, and the local and national governments. Through the SSHRC-funded Design for Peace Project, various Colombian stakeholders (with the support of research groups in the United States and Canada) have proposed to use design methods to imagine a better future for Colombia. 

We’re looking for one research assistant (RA) who will work on the Design for Peace Project from July 1stuntil September 30th, 2019. As part of their responsibilities, the RA will also travel with our researchers to Tumaco, Colombia for a two-to-three week International Development Design Summit at the end of July and beginning of August, 2019. In addition to appropriate hourly compensation, our funding will cover the RA’s flight to and from Colombia, and accommodation and meals while in Colombia.  


  • Project preparation: the RA will support researchers in preparing the design activities prior to the Summit.
  • Boots-on-the-ground: the successful candidate will travel to Colombia with the rest of the team and spend 2-3 weeks engaged in design and prototyping activities with the local participants. While in Colombia, the RA will help conduct design activities, support the needs of the Summit participants, and create records of the prototyping process and outcomes.
  • Project synthesis: once back in Canada, the RA will work with the team to synthesize our findings from the Summit and help in dissemination efforts.  


We are looking for candidates who are current students in the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University. Some Spanish language proficiency is an asset, as is interest in graduate study, and a passion for and some experience in physical making or building.

If interested, please send a PDF with your resume and cover letter to by May 1st, 2019.