$3.6 million boost for social sciences and humanities research

$3.6 million boost for social sciences and humanities research

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

By Catarina Chagas

June 16, 2022


Today the Government of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the results of grants under the umbrella of 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 has a special focus on research that addresses complex societal challenges and opportunities.

“Now, more than ever, social sciences and humanities research plays an integral role as we navigate through the post-COVID-19 reality and continue to build a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “These grants enable scholars to address complex issues about communities and societies, and to further our collective understanding so we can build a better future for all Canadians.”

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

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

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

The Partnership Development Grants fund new or existing teams doing research or activities – including knowledge mobilization – in the social sciences and humanities, or designing and testing new models for research and related activities that can be amplified to a regional, national, or international level.

Finally, the Aid to Scholarly Journals aims to increase the dissemination of research results and encourage open-access publishing by supporting journals and their distribution on Canadian non-profit platforms.

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

Insight Grants



Awarded amount

Robert Clark

AI-Powered Algorithmic Pricing and Collusion

$ 82,224

Dan Cohen

Engine of inequality? Central Banks, Economic Crisis, and Uneven Development

$ 359,643

Christopher DeLuca

Addressing Systemic Assessment Challenges and Inequities:  A Pan-Canadian Study Mobilizing Teacher-led Assessment Innovation

$ 330,300

W. George Lovell

Tracking the Archbishop: Cartography and the Depiction of Empire in Pedro Cortés y Larraz's Moral Geography of Guatemala, 1768-70

$ 97,093

Ryan Riordan

Carbon Finance: Can markets help in the fight against climate change?

$ 223,358

Darryl Robinson

A Critical Path for Ecocide

$ 83,276

Awet Weldemichael

Somalia after Piracy: The Political Economy of Maritime Resource Conflict in the Western Indian Ocean

$ 98,815

Beverley Baines

Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil

$ 69,745

Leandre Fabrigar

Solving the Objective-Subjective Attitude Structure Measurement Puzzle

$ 214,585

J. Andrew Grant

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

$ 252,969


Thorsten Koeppl

Payments and Privacy

$ 61,940

Valerie Kuhlmeier

The Social Learning of Sharing Behaviour

$ 184,233

V. Carolyn Prouse

Tracking the Virus Hunters: The Power-Laden Geographies of Biosurveillance Economies

$ 216,875

Evan Dudley

Human-machine interactions in the over-the-counter market

$ 173,611

Laila Haidarali

Beauty and 'The Unfinished Business of Democracy':  Black Women, Fashion, and Modelling, 1945 -1955

$ 145,436

David Parker

Policymaking in the Mirror: Global Knowledge, National Image, and the "Social Question" in South America 1889-1943

$ 65,044

Sergio Sismondo

Epistemic Corruption

$ 266,369

Rebecca Hall

Futures of Care: Community Challenges to Extraction in South Africa and Canada

$ 384,694

Partnership Development Grants



Awarded amount

Eva Purkey

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

$ 189,062

Aid to Scholarly Journals



Awarded amount

David Murakami Wood

Surveillance & Society

$ 88,200

David Gordon

Canadian Planning and Policy

$ 68,700

Arts and Science