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Sep 16/13| For Immediate Release


Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
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WATERLOO – Laurier faculty members will be sharing $1.2 Million awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through their Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant competitions, which aim to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.

The grants were announced September 16 by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) at Western University in London, Ontario. A total of 767 grants together worth $107 million were awarded.

“These SSHRC Insight program grants recognize our faculty’s innovative research in key areas of the social sciences and humanities,” said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: research. “Their research projects demonstrate the intensity of strategic research in the environment, global governance, and the human experience.” 

Insight Grants support research by both emerging and established scholars for long-term research.  Five Laurier researchers were funded for a total of $694,296:

  • Roger Buehler, Psychology, $148,496, “Improving forecast accuracy: backward planning and the prediction of task completion times.”
  • Justin Cavallo, Psychology, $115,778, “Motivational orientations and reactions to relationship change”
  • Mark Eys, Kinesiology and Physical Education, $132,172, “Role acceptance in sport teams.” (Kimberley Dawson, Kinesiology and Physical Education, co-investigator)
  • Judith Fletcher, History, $74,245, “Law and justice in Aristophanes.”
  • Anne Wilson, Psychology, $223,605, “Subjective perceptions of time, causality, and probability in judgments of future climate change risk.”

SSHRC’s Insight Development Grants are designed to support research in its initial stages, with half of the funding reserved for new scholars. 

Nine Laurier researchers have been awarded development grants, with a 47.4 per cent success rate, compared to the national success rate of 30.9 per cent.

  • Mark Hayward, Communication Studies, $64,954, “Cross-media economies of ethnic broadcasting in Canada, 1978-1988.” (since moved to York University)
  • Shahnaz Khan, Women and Gender Studies/Global Studies, $74,905, “Human and sexual rights of Hijras in Pakistan.”
  • Simon Kiss, Journalism, $56,740, “Risk in Canadian political culture:  adapting a cultural theory of risk to the Canadian context.” (Andrea Perrella, Political Science, collaborator)
  • Alex Levant, Communication Studies, $74,620, “The subject of activity theory.”
  • Sukhvinder Obhi, Psychology, $74,520, “Power and social attunement: investigating how power exerts its effects on social cognition and behaviour.” (Christian Jordan, Psychology, co-investigator)
  • Justin Pavlin, Business: Operations and Decision Sciences, $40,339, “Network models of spatial variation in prices: applications to electricity and natural gas markets.”
  • Jason Roy, Political Science, $63,786, “Who’s ahead, who’s behind: election decision-making with (and without) polls.”
  • David Smith, History, $41,481, “Imperial mission and corporate responsibility: the Hudson’s Bay Company and monopoly, 1670-1749.”
  • Justin Smith, Economics, $49,220, “The effect of income inequality on charitable giving.”
    In addition, seven Laurier faculty researchers are co-investigators on grants awarded to other Canadian universities.

“This investment in social sciences and humanities research is a cornerstone to building Canada’s capacity for innovation,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “Through the Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants, we are supporting the highest levels of research excellence. This research will generate knowledge about the past and present that will lead to innovative solutions for today’s most pressing social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic issues, and improve the lives of Canadians.”

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs, SSHRC works to develop talented leaders for all sectors of society, helps generate insights about people, ideas and behaviour, and builds connections within and beyond academia that will build a better future for Canada and the world. For more information, visit


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