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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants announced

March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018

Royal Roads faculty researchers have been awarded six grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The grants, which total almost half a million dollars, were awarded through SSHRC’s Insight Program, which aims “to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world by supporting research excellence.” Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages, while Insight Grants support longer-term work.

Prof. Robin Cox, Insight Grant for youth engagement in disaster risk reduction

School of Humanitarian Studies Professor Robin Cox, Disaster and Emergency Management program head and director of the Resilience By Design Research Innovation Lab, received an Insight Grant to explore youth engagement in disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and community resilience with youth aged 14 to 24 in three Canadian communities. The grant is worth $179,399.

Cox is working with Assist. Prof. Cheryl Heykoop, Dr. Leila Scannell and Dr. Sarah Fletcher of Royal Roads on this project, as well as Dr. Crystal Tremblay of the University of Victoria.

Young people will be involved as co-researchers over three years, engaging other youth in their communities and helping to create a youth-centric social innovation lab.

Prof. George Veletsianos, Insight Grant to study online participation by professors

School of Education and Technology Prof. George Veletsianos  has been awarded an Insight Grant to study the online participation trends of post-secondary faculty members.  The grant is worth $145,635.

Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, will investigate the nature of academics’ participation in the online world over time. Veletsianos is working with Dr. Royce Kimmons of Brigham Young University.

The research aims to create an evidence-based understanding of the long-term effects and trends of digital technology adoption and practices on academics and their work.

Prof. Ann Dale and Assist. Prof. Jaigris Hodson, Insight Development Grant for public outreach of research results

School of Environment and Sustainability Prof. Ann Dale and College of Interdisciplinary Studies Assist. Prof. Jaigris Hodson have been awarded an Insight Development Grant to study how to more quickly and better inform the public of important research outcomes on significant scientific topics, such as conserving biodiversity. The grant is worth $62,068.

Dale and Hodson are working on this project with colleagues Prof. Mary Bernard and Assist. Prof. Hilary Leighton.

They will examine how curatorial practice, established in museums, can be integrated into research to enhance its reach into public discussions. The researchers hope to increase social learning, enhance civic literacy around critical social issues and bridge polarized debate online.

Prof. George Veletsianos and Assist. Prof. Jaigris Hodson, Insight Development Grant to study online harassment of female academics

School of Education and Technology Prof. George Veletsianos and College of Interdisciplinary Studies Assist. Prof. Jaigris Hodson have been awarded an Insight Development Grant to study female academics’ experiences of harassment on social media. The grant is worth $61,160.

Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, and Hodson, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program head, will explore the prevalence and potential harm of online harassment towards female academics.

Assoc. Prof. Robert Mittelman, Insight Development Grant to explore psychic distance in charitable giving

School of Business co-director Assoc. Prof. Robert Mittelman  and Prof. John Dow of the University of Melbourne have been awarded an Insight Development Grant to study the effect of “psychic distance” on charitable giving. The grant is worth $48,677. 

The researchers are exploring why donors help some distant victims of disaster, such as the people of Haiti in 2010 and Syria in 2015, more than others, such as Pakistani flood survivors in 2010. They hope their findings will inform large non-profit organizations of best practices for fundraising that could help maintain and increase donor retention rates.

Assoc. Prof. Siomonn Pulla, Insight Development Grant to study corporate-Indigenous relationships

College of Interdisciplinary Studies Assoc. Prof. Siomonn Pulla has received an Insight Development Grant to study corporate-Indigenous relationships and social licensing. The grant is worth $47,178.

Pulla, Doctor of Social Sciences program head, will continue his exploration of the philosophy of the “social licence to operate” for development within the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples. In social licensing, corporations engage with Indigenous communities to negotiate resource use, environmental protection and benefits.