Building understanding of the world around us

Research Recognition

Building understanding of the world around us

Queen’s researchers have been awarded over $3M from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to advance research that takes new approaches to complex and important topics to Canadians.

August 29, 2023


[Queen's Art of Research Photo: "What Happens to Our Toys?" by Dr. Courtney Szto
Queen's Art of Research Photo: "What Happens to Our Toys?" by Dr. Courtney Szto – This photo was taken while filming a short documentary about the waste created by bike manufacturing and production.

Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages announced $90M in funding to support the Insight Research program. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the program is designed to enable researchers to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies, and the world – past and present. In this latest funding round, 30 Queen’s researchers received more than $3M in support from the program’s Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants. The SSHRC announcement is part of a larger $960M suite of funding announced by the federal government. 

"Canada’s researchers, scientists, students and institutions are increasingly working together across disciplines to find innovative solutions to local, national and global challenges," says Dr. Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. "Their work and initiatives are vital to providing the tools, knowledge and insights needed to enhance the well-being and prosperity of Canadians and others around the world."

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grant enables the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches, or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research projects of up to two years. Whereas Insight Grants provide support for larger-scale research initiatives and offer funding for between two to five years. Both emerging and established researchers are eligible, and the program’s intention is to develop understanding from interdisciplinary perspectives and mobilize this knowledge. There is also a significant focus on providing high-quality research training experiences for students.

The Insight-funded Queen’s projects:


Una D’Elia (Art History): Fictive Flesh: Painted Sculpture in the Italian Renaissance – $199,631

Stephanie Lind (Dan School of Drama and Music): The Impact of Structural Features of Sound and Music on Player Experience in Video Games – $87,380

Liying Cheng (Education): Learning to Love Learning: Taking Control, Responsibility, and Pride through Self-Regulated Learning and Assessment – $311,712

Gabrielle McIntire (English): Modernism and Mysticism: T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, W.B. Yeats, and Rabindranath Tagore – $113,939

Gabriel Menotti Miglio Pinto Gonring (Film and Media): Computational Cinemas: Exploring the Effects of Virtual Simulation Technologies in the Reconfiguration of Filmmaking Practices – $99,860

Julien Lefort-Favreau (French Studies): La liberté de publier. Politiques de l’édition équitable et bibliodiversité au Canada – $74,473

Katherine McKittrick (Gender Studies; Geography and Planning): Concertinas: Practicing Black Methodologies – $299,055

Courtney Szto (Kinesiology and Health Studies): Reclaiming the Outdoors: Structures of Resistance to Historical Marginalization in Outdoor Culture – $253,915

Bronwyn Bjorkman (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures): Feature Interactions in Complex Paradigms: Competition and Upstaging – $172,752

Nicholas Bala (Law): Responding to Challenging Times: An Inflection Point for Family Justice in Ontario? – $223,837

Anthony Goerzen (Smith School of Business): Benefiting the Impoverished within Developing Economies through Value Chain Interventions – $154,996

Anton Ovchinnikov (Smith School of Business): Green Technology Choice for Decarbonization: Combining Market Forces and Policy Instruments – $108,220

Martin Hand (Sociology): Post-Pandemic Temporalities: Narratives, Contexts, and Experiences of Mediated Disruption, Synchronization, and Expectations beyond COVID-19 – $82,640

Insight Development

Claire Ahn (Education): Disrupting the “Checkbox” Pedagogy: Advancing Critical Social Justice Education in Secondary English Language Arts Classrooms – $64,158

Leslie Ritchie (English): Black and White: The Spaces of Abolition in Eighteenth-Century Newspaper – $32,160

Myra Hird (Environmental Studies): Reducing Canada’s Plastics Waste: Exploring the Potential of a Contextual Engineering Approach to Engineering Plastics Design – $41,789

Sojung Bahng (Film and Media): Meta-Metaverse: Digital Art-Based Research on Reflective Approaches to the Metaverse – $70,414

Gabriel Menotti Miglio Pinto Gonring (Film and Media): Entangled Traditions: Mapping the Emergence Of New Media and Computer Arts in Postwar Brazil – $67,500

Vanessa Thompson (Gender Studies): Abolition Worlds. Transnational Movements within the Black Diaspora – $68,841

Mark Stoller (Geography and Planning): Facilitating Youth-Elder Engagement Through Participatory Film and Oral History in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut – $68,809

Kilian Atuoye (Global Development Studies): Equity and Community Wellbeing in Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa – $72,990

Ishita Pande (History): Still Cancer: A Patient’s History of Disease – $67,499

Hannah McElgunn (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures): (Re)Storying Hopi Ethnobotanical Knowledge: A Collaborative Approach to Oral History – $67,587

Debra Haak (Law): Sex in The Age of Gender: Conceptual Clarity as a Foundation For Reconciling the Interests, Rights, and Experiences of Women, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People in Canada – $27,448

Danielle Macdonald (Nursing): Birth During COVID-19 – Understanding How a Pandemic Influences Experiences of Birth – $62,715

Surulola Eke (Political Studies): Beyond Social Norms and Customs: Researching Sustainable Formalization of Labour Relations in Agrarian Economies – $60,646

Tim Salomons (Psychology): Risk in a Painful Moment: Examining How Dynamic Increases in Social Disconnection Increase Suicide Capability – $68,906

Vera Vine (Psychology): Effects of Childhood Adversity on Adolescents’ Interoception and Emotion Awareness – $74,558

Megan Edgelow (Rehabilitation Therapy): Public Safety Personnel Mental Wellness: The Impact of Organizational Factors – $73,600

Tandy Thomas (Smith School of Business): Gender Equality and Engaged Fathers: The Role of the Marketplace in Bridging, or Not, the Gender Gap in Dual Career Households ­– $59,272

To learn more about this round of Insight grants, visit the SSHRC website. You can also read about Queen’s success in recent SSHRC Partnership, NSERC Discovery, and CFI JELF grants competitions in the Queen's Gazette.  

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