$3.6 million boost for research in the social sciences and humanities | Queen’s Gazette


The federal funding announced today included support for 21 Queen’s researchers.

Today, the Government of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the results of grants awarded under the Insight program, which aims to advance our understanding of how individuals and societies think , live and interact with each other and with the world around them. The program places particular emphasis on research that addresses complex societal challenges and opportunities.

“Now more than ever, social sciences and humanities research plays a vital role as we navigate the post-COVID-19 reality and continue to build a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada,” said the Minister. Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister. of Innovation, Science and Industry. “These grants allow scholars to tackle complex questions about communities and societies and deepen our collective understanding so that we can build a better future for all Canadians.

Twenty-one Queen’s researchers have received funding totaling $3.6 million to advance their research projects.

“These important SSHRC programs fund projects at all stages of the research continuum – from initial research to the dissemination of results,” explains Nancy Ross, Vice-Principal (Research). “The Queen’s projects address all societal challenges in creative and innovative ways and ultimately help us better understand the world around us.”

Insight Grants provide long-term support (two to five years) for research initiatives led by emerging and established researchers. Applicants are encouraged to consider addressing one or more of the 16 future global challenges identified by SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

Partnership Development Grants fund new or existing teams that carry out research or activities – including knowledge mobilization – in the social sciences and humanities, or that design and test new models of research and related activities that can be amplified at a regional, national or international level.

Finally, Aid to Scholarly Journals aims to increase the dissemination of research results and encourage open access publishing by supporting journals and their dissemination on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.

For more information on the Queen’s recipients, please see below:

Insight Grants



Amount awarded

Robert Clark

AI-powered algorithmic pricing and collusion


Dan Cohen

Driver of inequality? Central banks, economic crisis and unequal development


Christopher DeLuca

Addressing Systemic Challenges and Inequalities in Assessment: A Pan-Canadian Study Mobilizing Innovation in Teacher-Led Assessment


W. George Lovell

In Search of the Archbishop: Cartography and Representation of the Empire in the Moral Geography of Guatemala by Pedro Cortés y Larraz, 1768-1770


Ryan Riordan

Carbon finance: can markets contribute to the fight against climate change?


Daryl Robinson

A critical path for ecocide


Awet Weldemichael

Somalia after piracy: the political economy of the conflict over maritime resources in the Western Indian Ocean


Beverly Baines

Transforming Justice Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil


Leandre Fabrigar

Solving the objective-subjective puzzle of measuring attitude structure


J. Andrew Grant

From International Best Practices to Conflict Prevention: Improving Security Governance and Protecting Human Rights in the Natural Resource Sectors


Thorsten Koeppl

Payments and Privacy


Valerie Kuhlmeier

Social learning of sharing behavior


V. Carolyn Prouse

Tracking the Virus Hunters: The Powerful Geographies of Biosurveillance Economies


Evan Dudley

Human-computer interactions in the OTC market


Laila Haidarali

Beauty and “the unfinished business of democracy”: black women, fashion and modeling, 1945-1955


David Parker

Policy-Making in the Mirror: Global Knowledge, National Image, and the “Social Question” in South America 1889-1943


Sergio Sismondo

Epistemic corruption


Rebecca Room

The Future of Care: Community Challenges of Extraction in South Africa and Canada


Partnership Development Grants



Amount awarded

Eva Purkey

Mobilizing Community-Led Action: What Helps Families Thrive in the Face of Adversity During the COVID19 Pandemic and Beyond


Support for scholarly journals



Amount awarded

David Murakami Wood

Surveillance company


David Gordon

Canadian planning and policy



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