Elinor Sloan new headshotPolitical Science Professor Elinor Sloan is applying her expertise on defence procurement to an analysis of naval shipbuilding programs in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

Sloan was awarded $86,539 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study how these countries go about ensuring their navies (and in Canada’s case, the Coast Guard) have the ships they need to carry out their work.

“Many of Canada’s not so distant security concerns – increased Russian and Chinese naval activity in the North Atlantic Ocean and South China Sea respectively, and the growing interest of these countries and others in the Arctic – demand naval vessels,” explains Sloan. “But naval shipbuilding is hugely expensive, in the order of billions of dollars, and takes place over years and decades. The strategy a country follows matters.”

In her application, Sloan wrote that “the research project will examine the shipbuilding path that Canada has chosen, and highlight some key lessons from our allies, with a goal of determining how best to build and sustain a national security asset that is growing in importance.”

Sloan will be collaborating on this project Binyam Soloman in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Stanley Winer in the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Friday, July 17, 2020 in , ,
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