Nine researchers in the Faculty of Public Affairs have been awarded SSHRC Insight Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Their projects cover issues of sustainability, health, gender, finance, politics, the military and the law. In addition, two researchers received Partnership Development Grants and four FPA faculty members received Aid to Scholarly Journal Grants.

“This announcement underscores the strength of our research portfolio in the Faculty of Public Affairs,” said Dean Brenda O’Neill. “These researchers are addressing real-world issues and we are proud to have their accomplishments recognized at the national level.”

Partnership Development Grants

Partnership Development Grants support formal partnerships between academic researchers, businesses and other partners that will advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance. The grants allow partners to design and test new approaches to research and its real-world applications, foster valuable research relationships and networks across sectors, and provide hands-on training for students and new scholars. This year’s winners include:

Alexander McClelland, Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice for Tracking (In) Justice: A Publicly Accessible Online Database of Police-Involved and Carceral Deaths Across Canada

Susan Phillips, School of Public Policy and Administration for Justice Philanthropy: An International Research-to-Practice Network


Insight Grants

The Insight Grant program aims to support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges. This year’s winners include:

Kenta Asakura, School of Social Work for Bridging Critical Social Work Education and Clinical Practice: A Design-Based Research Study Using Simulated Practice

Graeme Auld, School of Public Policy and Administration for Political Economy of Private Auditors in Transnational Sustainability Governance

Louis-Philippe Beland, Department of Economics for Determinants of Health

Doris Buss, Department of Law and Legal Studies  for Gold Mining in a Pandemic: Gender, Livelihoods and Building Back Better

Dana Galizia, Department of Economics  for Unemployment Risk, Self-Insurance, and the Business Cycle

Jonathan Malloy, Department of Political Science for Parliamentary Committees: Portals between State and Society

Thomas Russell, Department of Economics for Optimal Policy Choice Under Weak Modelling Assumptions

Stephen Saideman, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs for Civilian Control of the Military and the Marketplace of Policy

Ania Zbyszewska, Department of Law and Legal Studies for Law and the Labour/Environment Nexus: Interactions, Implications, and Regulatory Alternatives


Partnership Engage Grant

These grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.


Robert Shepherd, School of Public Policy and Administration for Canadian and International Experience in Spending Reviews.


 Connection Grant

The Connection program aims to support knowledge mobilization activities—such as networking, disseminating, exchanging and co-creating research-based knowledge—as an important element of publicly engaged scholarship, and as a means of strengthening research agendas.


Ilyan Ferrer, School of Social Work for Kwentuhan (storytelling) with Filipino/a/x Canadian social work practitioners, scholars, and students: A knowledge mobilization podcast and outreach project

Knowledge Synthesis Grant

Knowledge Synthesis Grants support researchers in producing knowledge synthesis reports and evidence briefs that support the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of best practices, and assist in developing future research agendas. The theme for 2021 was “The Emerging Asocial Society.” The resulting syntheses will identify roles that the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors can play in promoting more connected and resilient communities, and inform the development of effective tools, robust policies and sustainable practices required to support the transition to a more equitable, healthy and prosperous future.

Andrea Chandler, Department of Political Science for Alleviating Loneliness, Encouraging Friendship: The Role that Political Society can Play

 Aid to Scholarly Journals Grants

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants support Canadian scholarly dissemination by offering a contribution to enable journals to explore innovative activities as well as to help them to defray the costs associated with publishing scholarly articles, digital publishing and journal distribution on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.

Funding was received this round by:

Melanie Adrian, Department of Law and Legal Studies for work with the Canadian Journal of Law and Society

David Carment, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs for work with the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal

Joan DeBardeleben, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies for work with the Canadian Journal of European and Russian Studies

Chris Russill, Journalism and Communication for work with the Canadian Journal of Communication



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