Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SSHRC Supports Carleton Research on Architectural Heritage and Prisoner Rights

researchCarleton University faculty members have received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to support research in architectural heritage technology that places Carleton at the forefront of architectural preservation in Canada, as well as unique research on prison transparency and the rights of prisoners.

Carleton research funded by these SSHRC Partnership and Partnership Development Grants in 2015 includes:

Stephen Fai, associate professor in the Azrieli school of Architecture and Design and director of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), received a Partnership Grant worth almost $2.5 million over seven years to fund global research involving the theoretical, practical and ethical use of new digital technologies for the conservation of Canada’s architectural heritage.

Dawn Moore, associate professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, with five other researchers from across Canada, received a Partnership Development Grant of almost $195,000 over three years.  The project is designed to respond to a lack of transparency in Canada’s detention systems and is inspired by a series of human rights violations of prisoners over the past 10 years. Working with legal organizations such as Canadian Civil Liberties and Aboriginal Legal Services, as well as NGOs, like Elizabeth Fry and John Howard Societies and No One is Illegal, the Prison Transparency Project is the first national study to look at all levels of detention, including immigration, remand and sentenced populations. Moore and her team will work with former prisoners to map day-to-day human rights abuses in order to improve transparency and accountability within the nation’s jails, detention centres and prisons.


The Prison Transparency Project is the first initiative of its kind to conduct nation-wide research on human rights abuses from the perspectives of prisoners.  In so doing, our aim is to address the crises of transparency and accountability and the connected culture of disregard for human rights that continues to plague all levels of incarceration in Canada. – Moore

The SSHRC Partnership Grant is transformative for our work at the CIMS for two reasons.  First, it assures seven years of funding for national and international training and research opportunities for Carleton students in Architecture and the Humanities.  Secondly, in conjunction with my CIMS colleague Dr. Mario Santana and his NSERC-funded CREATE, it places Carleton at the centre of the academic discourse on architectural heritage in Canada. – Fai

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Carleton University
613-520-2600 ext. 8718

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