On March 13, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced that Carleton University researchers will receive more than $1.3 million in research grants. 

The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches, and ideas. Funding from the program, called Insight Development Grants, is provided for short-term projects of up to two years proposed by individuals or teams.

The funding program supports 22 projects on a variety of topics, from understanding chatbots and friendship in middle adulthood to the role of similarity in financial values for relationship outcomes.

Three research projects have ranked within SSHRC’s top tier of grant recipients:

An Insight Grant will enable Nana aba Duncan, School of Journalism and Communication, to survey the experiences of Black journalists in Canada. Duncan seeks to understand the nature of anti-Black racism in Canadian newsrooms, how Black journalists navigate this racism, and what Canadian journalism misses out on without the inclusion of Black journalists. The project will identify broad patterns with an online survey, followed by focus groups in cities with Black populations of unique significance: Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and Edmonton. A final virtual focus group will be a cross-section of Black people nationwide. Duncan seeks to generate new knowledge on how anti-Black racism affects Black journalists; improve the wellbeing of Black journalists; and create equitable journalism practices. This study is expected to be the first to provide data on the experience of Black journalists in Canadian newsrooms.

Gaëlle Simard-Duplain, Department of Economics, will use her Grant to enhance understanding about the intergenerational transmission of access to mental health care services, its repercussions on educational attainment among children, and reliance on income and disability assistance among adults. Mental health is essential in the economic lives of people of all ages. It affects children’s human capital development in the short- and the long-run, and the ability of adults to earn income. As such, mental ill-health leads to considerable – and growing – human and economic costs. Despite this, there is limited evidence on the types of policies that positively impact people living with mental health issues. Intergenerational correlation in mental health may present an opportunity to improve access to mental health care services, and especially to appropriate services. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the underlying transmission mechanisms and their impacts on the outcomes of parents and children.

With this grant, Tamara Sorenson Duncan, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, and Alexandra Arraiz Matute, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, will study the diverse perspectives on inclusion in French Immersion (FI). Not all students in Canada have equitable access to FI. As a result, they are not afforded the same opportunities that arise from having fluency in both of Canada’s official languages. Sorenson Duncan and Arraiz Matute aim to generate a greater understanding of what concerns have been overlooked in existing research and investigate what pedagogical practices exclude students from FI programs. The main objective of the study is to create a bridge between research and practice and to generate findings that school boards can use to guide their ongoing work to improve equitable access to FI.

An impressive array of awarded projects include:

  • Siobhan Angus, School of Journalism and Communication – Beyond the Toxic Sublime: Visual culture, pollution, and environmental justice in petrochemical landscapes
  • Graeme Auld, School of Public Policy and Administration – The evolution and consequences of industry engagement with global tuna fishery governance
  • Jin Sun Bae, Sprott School of Business – Making sense of a new global supply chain reality: climate change adaptation by apparel companies
  • Sean Burges, Faculty of Public Affairs – Brazilian Foreign Policy and the Bolsonaro Presidency: Lessons for Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Francine Darroch, Department of Health Sciences – Staggered Starts: Inequities in Access to Recreational Participation in Marathons for Pregnant and Parenting Self-Identified Women, Transgender Men, and Non-Binary Individuals
  • Malini Guha, Department of Film Studies – On Traction: Moving Images and Their Realities
  • Cheryl Harasymchuk, Department of Psychology – Friendship in Middle Adulthood: The Role of Self-Concept Clarity in Shaping Close Connections
  • Suzanne Harris-Brandts, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism – Megaproject Mirages: Uncovering the Politico-Economic Uses of Speculative Eco-flagships in the “Global East”
  • Gulay Kilicaslan, Department of Law and Legal Studies – Genocide Survivors as Migrant Citizens: Emerging Political Subjectivities of Yezidis during their Resettlement in Canada
  • Irena Knezevic, School of Journalism and Communication – Methodologies for the study of market concentration in Canadian food processing
  • Jean-Michel Landry, Department of Sociology and Anthropology – The Making of Religious Sects in Contemporary Lebanon
  • Shi Li, Sprott School of Business – Can firms reduce their cost of equity capital by responding to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)?
  • Bethany Macleod, School of Linguistics and Language Studies – Individual variation in the perception-production link: evidence from phonetic imitation
  • Victoria Mcarthur, School of Journalism and Communication – Nak Muay Ying: A Multi-Modal Immersive Storytelling Project Exploring the Training Experiences of Women and Non-Binary Practitioners of Muay Thai
  • Lindsay Mcshane, Sprott School of Business – Understanding Chatbots: The Role of Threat and Anthropomorphism
  • Vivian Solana Moreno, Department of Sociology and Anthropology – Intimate Transnational Aid: Regenerating Political Movements through Spanish-Sahrawi Relations
  • Julie Murray, Department of English Language and Literature – A Literary History of “Women-as-Index”
  • Johanna Peetz, Department of Psychology – The role of similarity in financial values for relationship outcomes and impacts of financial stress
  • David Sidhu, Department of Psychology – Name Sound Symbolism and Personality Judgments

Learn more about Insight Development Grants.

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