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Edward T. Jackson

Adjunct Research Professor


Edward Jackson is Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He also serves as Senior Research Fellow with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.

For more than two decades, Professor Jackson was a member of the faculty of Carleton’s graduate School for Public Policy and Administration, retiring in 2014.  His research and teaching interests have included program management, program evaluation, regional development, civil society, social enterprise, social finance, impact investing and gender lens investing, higher education, community-university partnerships, and foreign aid.

From 2007 to 2010, he served as Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Affairs and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Public Affairs, and chaired university working groups on partnership and community engagement.  Professor Jackson was also founding Director and later Chair of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation and co-founded the Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program, and the Carleton-World Bank International Program for Development Evaluation Training, and the Gender Equality Measurement Group at the University.

He has directed research, evaluation, outreach and training projects supported by the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bell Canada, CIBC, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Equality Fund, Global Affairs Canada, International Development Research Centre, Investing in Women, Mastercard Foundation, McConnell Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Royal Bank of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, United Nations Environment Programme, UN Women, World Bank, and World University Services of Canada (WUSC).

Professor Jackson served as Convenor of the 2015 Community, College, and University Exposition, or C2UExpo 2015, a major international conference on community-campus partnerships.  He was founding Principal Investigator (2012-2014) for the SSHRC-funded Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement Project, an eight-year, $3-million partnered action-research initiative on poverty, food security, environmental sustainability, and violence against women operating in seven Canadian provinces. In recent years, he has led research projects on gender lens investing in emerging markets and community-university partnerships for affordable housing.

Dr. Jackson has been a visiting lecturer at Trent, Victoria and Warsaw universities and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.  He is also Honorary Associate with the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom, Council member of the International Evaluation Academy, Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, and a member of the editorial boards of The Engaged Scholar journal and the ACRN Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives. An advisor to governments, foundations, development agencies and business and labour groups, he is active in a wide range of research networks and centres, academic societies and professional associations, and blogs frequently.   In addition, he is a volunteer advisor to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a Florida-based farmworkers’ rights group; RESOLVE, a Washington, DC-based NGO promoting multistakeholder solutions for sustainability; and local social enterprises in the Ottawa region.

Professor Jackson’s work has been recognized with the Individual Leadership Award of the Responsible Investment Association of Canada, the Canadian Evaluation Society Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada, the Karl Boudreault Award for Leadership in Evaluation, Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Excellence Award, the Current Research Award of the Community Development Society, and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. He holds the designation of Certified Responsible Investment Professional from the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and the Responsible Investment Association of Canada and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.