August 28, 2008 12:00 ET

Canada's Government Invests in Top Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Students and University-Based Researchers

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2008) - Canada's government today announced support for the development of talent and knowledge through scholarships, fellowships and university-based research.

"Our government is committed to fostering world-class Canadian research and increasing the supply of highly qualified and globally connected graduates that businesses need to succeed in today's economy," said the Honourable James Moore, Secretary of State. "We can have all the robust technologies in the world, but we need the social sciences and humanities to know how to harness them and interpret them from a human perspective, so that they translate into tangible, everyday benefits for society."

The federal government's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced a $202.2 million investment towards this initiative. Of the $202.2 million, $97.9 million over three years will be awarded as scholarships and fellowships to top master's and doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences, $76.6 million will be invested in the work of 904 of Canada's best researchers through SSHRC's Standard Research Grants Program, and $27.7 million will be allocated to research in management, business and finance over the next seven years.

"SSHRC is investing $202.2 million to cultivate research talent and facilitate world-class research for the benefit of Canadians," said Marilyn Taylor, vice-president of grants and fellowships for SSHRC. "This research will enhance understanding of political, social, cultural and economic issues, past and present, that are vital to our future innovation, prosperity and quality of life."

Representing a variety of academic disciplines, 2,405 graduate students from across Canada will be receiving SSHRC scholarships and fellowships, including:

- Paula Brochu, from the University of Western Ontario's psychology department, who will research the consequences of perceived weight prejudice on psychological and physical well-being;

- Warren Heiti, from Dalhousie University's philosophy department, who will study ecological ethics;

- Karoline Truchon, from Universite Laval's anthropology department, who will look at multicultural social housing in urban Quebec.

Among the 904 researchers receiving SSHRC Standard Research Grants are:

- Renee Guimond-Plourde, from the Universite de Moncton, who will analyze how young adults from a French minority environment handle stress;

- Louise Briand, from the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais' accounting sciences department, who will research management control over knowledge workers in project-based organizations;

- David Gordon, from Queen's University's school of urban and regional planning, who will examine the size and policy implications of Canada's suburban population;

- Steve Maguire, from McGill University's faculty of management, who will research technology evolution and the environment; and

- Christopher Moore, from Dalhousie University's psychology department, who will study interactive and observational learning in toddlers.

Some examples of the 196 researchers being funded in management, business, and finance include:

- Artyom Durnev, from the faculty of management at McGill University, who will investigate why countries rich in natural resources grow more slowly than other countries;

- Robert MacKinnon, dean of the faculty of arts at the University of New Brunswick, who will study business development through community development; and

- Mark Stabile, director of the school of public policy and governance at the University of Toronto, who will use social networking technologies to help researchers and managers share knowledge on public policy and governance issues.

Note to editors: SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public- and private-sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

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