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 Identifying Gaps In   Representation   Through Data   Collection 

Geosciences is currently witnessing a growth in studies aiming to improve our understanding of the demographics represented in the field and the barriers that exist for those within. This growing body of work suggests that progress in racial and ethnic diversity has remained stagnant at all levels of academia, from undergraduate programs through to PhD candidacy, and that the geosciences may have lower racial and ethnic diversity than other physical sciences programs. The lower representation of women in geosciences has also been highlighted, with those at the intersection of racial and gender identities experiencing even greater exclusion. These works have been important for understanding how the field has evolved and what improvements can be made to create a more inclusive space.

Despite this recent influx in studies, publicly available demographic data for academic geosciences do not exist in Canada. This means much of our understanding of the demographics of the field and the barriers researchers face are driven by data from the United States, where underlying social issues and demographics are different to those in Canada. This lack of data makes it difficult for those working to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in geoscience departments across Canada to be informed about their workplace and what possible actions could be taken to improve these spaces.

The purpose of this survey is to determine the demographic makeup of academic geoscience in Canada, to better understand whether certain communities are underrepresented, and to identify the geographic origins of the geoscience workforce (e.g., Canada, North America, Europe etc.). We aim to distribute this survey every 3 years to track changes to the demographics of Canadian Geoscience.



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