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Laurier researchers receive SSHRC public outreach grants

Jun 22/12| For Immediate Release


Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
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WATERLOO – Laurier professors Kim Roberts and Scott Ensign have been awarded funding through the Public Outreach Grant Program by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, announced June 21 in Ottawa.

“These Public Outreach Grants enable the flow and exchange of knowledge across campuses and the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, which, in turn, produces benefits for Canadians,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC.

Roberts, a professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, will receive $34,296 to fund her outreach program, “Promoting interdisciplinary investigative interviewing research and practice in Canada.” Her five-part project will provide public access to information from the May 2012 International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (IIIRG) Knowledge Exchange in Toronto, organized by Roberts and Laurier PhD graduate, Sonja Brubacher.

Roberts, who is also director of the Laurier Child Memory Lab, trains police officers at the Ontario Police College on how to interview children. This grant provides for a presentation on innovative suspect interviewing techniques, a public information event by expert researcher-practitioners, and a tour of the Ontario Police College for international participants. Roberts and her partners will also be maintaining a website forum ( and publishing papers from the Knowledge Exchange.

“Best-practice guidelines on interviewing child victim/witnesses must be disseminated to investigators in order to improve child well-being in Canada,” said Roberts. 

Ensign, the Dobson Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Laurier School of Business and Economics, will receive $61,400 for his project “Entrepreneurial experiences of Aboriginal Canadians: Listening to and learning from others.”

Based on his earlier research, he will prepare case studies of entrepreneurial behaviour of Aboriginal Canadians.  Suitable for university and college classrooms, the case studies will focus on enterprises in Manitoba, Québec, and Labrador. They will “not only contribute to the existing body of knowledge and practice, but address current economic and social needs of First Nations communities,” said Ensign.

“Through these grants, both Roberts and Ensign will be providing useful and creative community access to their valuable research,” said Abby Goodrum, Laurier’s vice-president: research. “A core value at Laurier is the dissemination of academic research to the public good. We believe strongly in two-way communication between the community and the academy.”

SSHRC Public Outreach Grants were designed for researchers to find effective ways to communicate their existing and ongoing research in the social sciences and humanities to a range of audiences beyond academia.


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