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A banner year for SSHRC success at UTSC

Marney Isaac of the Department of Physical & Environmental Science has been awarded a grant to study the effects of environmental change and ICTs in the cocoa belt of Ghana

UTSC faculty were granted more than $1 million in funding in awards announced recently by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The 21 winners represent the departments of humanities, management, philosophy, psychology and social science. The announced grants will begin this academic year and cover time periods ranging from one to three years.

Sixteen faculty received standard SSHRC research awards totaling $885,000. Other faculty were awarded partnership development grants, insight development grants, and workshops and conferences grants. UTSC’s overall success rate was 59.3 per cent, compared with 57 per cent for U of T overall.

"This had been a banner year for SSHRC success at UTSC,” says Malcolm Campbell, UTSC vice-president, research. “This level of success speaks to the research excellence of UTSC faculty, as well as the commitment of the UTSC staff and students who help them realise their research goals. The phenomenal SSHRC funding garnered by UTSC faculty this year will drive new discoveries and insights that will benefit a multitude of academic disciplines and society as a whole. In keeping with all things at UTSC, there is a lot of excitement around these activities, which are relevant to our local communities and the world at large."

Among the winners was Christopher Cochrane, professor of political science. “What I’m looking at is the pattern of anti-immigrant sentiment in Canada,” he says. “Far-right parties in Europe have sought to appeal to left-wing opinion by painting Muslims as intolerant and illiberal,” Cochrane says. He wants to study whether the same strategy is being used here.

Julie McCarthy, professor of management, will use her grant to study personnel selection procedures from the viewpoint of both the organizations doing the hiring and the applicants. Marjorie Rubright, professor of English, will study the forging of authentic subjecthood in the English Renaissance.

Other winners are:

Ruoyun Bai - Humanities: Television, power and ideology in post-socialist China.

Susana Bejar – Humanities: Non-canonical agreement in copular clauses: A cross-linguistic investigation.

Sandford Borins – Management: Contemporary narratives on strategic management of business.

Michele Campolieti – Management: Youths and the labour market.

Li Chen – Humanities: Confucian literati as jurists: Power, knowledge and legal culture in late imperial China, 1600-1900.

Genevieve Dewar – Social Sciences: Crossroads in the desert: Pleistocene forager adaptations to marginal environments.

Esther Eiling – Management: It is risky when employees can walk away: Labour mobility and expected stock returns.

Michael Gervers – Humanities: Calendaring, sequencing, and categorizing historical textual data and integrating databases.

Benjamin Hellie – Philosophy: Conscious life.

Michael Inzlicht – Psychology: Can stereotype threat impair decision-making? Exploring the neuroaffective mechanisms of stereotype threat spillover.

Marney Isaac - Physical and Environmental Sciences: The socio-spatial dynamics of agrarian communication networks: The effects of environmental change and ICTs in the cocoa belt of Ghana.

Alison Jing Xu – Management: The influence of past behavior on future behavior: A mind-set perspective.

Yoonjung Kang – Humanities: Cross-language perception and loanword adaptation under sound change in progress.

Michael Lambek - Social Sciences: Appraising and renewing the anthropology of religion.

Roberta Rice – Social Sciences: Indigenous rights and representation in Canada and Latin America.

Daniel Silver – Social Sciences: The social and political consequences of urban scenes in Canada.

Andre Sorensen – Social Sciences: Policy, path-dependence and urban form: Measuring the prospects for smart growth in the GTA.

SiSi Tran – Psychology: Negotiating intercultural conflicts in romantic couples: An examination of the role of attachment and interdependence.

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