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U of T Scarborough receives nearly $1 million in SSHRC grant funding

UTSC researchers were granted nearly $1 million in new funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. (Photos by Ken Jones)

U of T Scarborough researchers were granted nearly $1 million in new funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The 10 faculty members who received funding represent the departments of Anthropology, English, Management, Sociology, Human Geography, French and Linguistics, Arts, Culture and Media as well as the UTSC Library.

“I’m proud of all our recipients who reflect the immense research talent on display at U of T Scarborough,” says Professor Bernie Kraatz, Vice-Principal of Research. “Grant funding will foster new insights and drive discoveries that will benefit Canada and the world.”   

Among the recipients was Genevieve Dewar in the Department of Anthropology. Dewar received the largest Insight Grant among UTSC faculty for her project that is part of a larger research program studying the origins of modern human behaviour in southern Africa.  

The project will examine two particularly volatile periods (between 57 to 29 thousand years ago and 29 to 14 thousand years ago) in the Earth’s environmental past where humans had to cope and adapt to extreme environmental change. This will be done by focusing on deposits found at the Spitzkloof Rockshelter in the Namaqualand Desert of South Africa

“Studying how people in southern Africa coped with and adapted to these extreme environments will contribute to our understanding of the development of what makes our species so uniquely intelligent,” says Dewar.

“The support from SSHRC will be invaluable as the research requires a team of specialists to unravel the complex story of what got left behind when people lived in this shelter.”

The newest faculty member to receive SSHRC funding was Sharlene Mollett in Human Geography. Mollett joined UTSC in January, 2014 and received an Insight Development Grant for her project that will explore gender and the making of residential tourism space in Panama. Mollett, who specializes in Central America, has in the past looked at the effects of resort tourism on the local Garifuna community in Honduras. 

The SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Funding opportunities from the SSHRC are available in three programs including Talent, Insight and Connection.

The UTSC recipients are:


Insight Grants (Fall 2014 Competition)

Genevieve Dewar – Anthropology: Human landscapes use during MIS 3 and MIS 2 in southern Africa.

Marlene Goldman – English: Forgotten: Cultural discourses of age-related Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Karina Vernon – English: Black Canadian art and aesthetics of spatial justice

Julie McCarthy – Management: Personnel selection through the lens of job applicants leveraging test reactions

Jennifer Chun – Sociology: Protesting publics in South Korea


Connections Grants (2014 competitions)

Paulina Rousseau – Library: Digital Pedagogy Institute: Emerging Technologies and the undergraduate experience

Barry Freeman – Arts, Culture & Media: Rebel acts: La Pocha Nostra’s activist performance pedagogy


SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals (2014 Competition)

William Bowen – Arts, Culture & Media: Renaissance and Reformation


Insight Development Grant (Feb. 2015 competitions)

Phillip Monahan – French & Linguistics: Exploring speech sound representations: Features and categories in monologue and bilingual speakers

Sharlene Mollet – Human Geography: Gender and the making of residential tourism space in Panama 


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