McGill researchers garner over $7M in SSHRC funding

20 McGill researchers receive funding from SSHRC through Partnership Program Grants, Partnership Development Grants, and Postdoctoral Fellowships
Amélie Quesnel-Vallée (left) and Delphiné Collin-Vezina have each received a SSHRC Partnership Grant

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently unveiled the recipients of its fall 2019 round of Partnership Grants, including two McGill-led projects, totalling $5 million. SSHRC also unveiled the recipients of the round’s Partnership Development Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships, in which 18 McGill applicants received over $2 million in funding.

The grants offer a funding boost to social sciences and humanities researchers at McGill to investigate a wide range of topics, including mapping Montreal’s LGBT+ activist cultures, and exploring mechanisms of institutional change in arctic science.

Of the SSHRC-funded projects announced Canada-wide, 60 McGill researchers will participate, as either principal investigators, collaborators, or co-applicants.

Partnership Grant recipients

The recipient of one of McGill’s two $2.5 million Partnership Grants is Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Professor in the Departments of Sociology and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. As a Canada Research Chair in Policies and Health Inequalities, Prof. Quesnel-Vallée’s research examines the contribution of social policies to the development of social inequalities in health over the course of an individual’s lifespan. With SSHRC’s support, she will create a Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) to collaboratively develop and deliver an innovative training program for the next generation of population researchers. This “Population Analytics in an Aging Society Training Program” aims to enhance the skills of data-to-decision-making population researchers to ensure that they can provide accurate and impactful insights on urgent social, economic, and health issues for aging societies.

Delphiné Collin-Vezina, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, also received $2.5 million in funding from a Partnership Grant. Prof. Collin-Vezina conducts collaborative research with organizations that provide services to children and youth living in vulnerable contexts. SSHRC’s funding will support her efforts to organize a Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-informed Care. The Consortium aims to improve the quality of life and development of children and youth by incorporating appropriate care practices necessary for those who have experienced trauma. The Consortium will ensure that trauma-informed care policies, procedures, and practices are adopted across provincial, linguistic, and service sectors to empower families, communities, and organizations impacted by this devastating issue.

Partnership Development Grant recipients

Among McGill’s four Partnership Development Grant recipients is Christian Ehret, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, who received almost $200,000 in funding for his project, Designing equitable urban learning ecologies for prosocial development with digital media. Prof. Ehret’s project will establish a youth-to-youth mentoring structure for a digital media and learning program, which will lead to certifiable outcomes for socially marginalized youth.

Complete list of McGill recipients:

SSHRC Partnerships Grants [October 2019 Competition]

  • Amelie Quesnel-Vallee
    Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3): Developing Talent for Population Analytics in Aging Societies
  • Delphiné Collin-Vezina
    Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-informed Care: Developing cohesive intersectoral practices and policies to support trauma-impacted children and youth

SSHRC Partnership Development Grants [November 2019 competition] 

  • Jan F. Adamowski
    #CitiSciWater – Exploring the potential of scalable, user-centric citizen science platforms and tools to co-create actionable knowledge and transform water governance
  • Matthieu Chemin
    The Causal Effects of Judicial Efficiency on Economic Activity: Evidence from a Partnership between McGill University, the World Bank, and the Kenyan Judiciary
  • Christian Ehret
    Designing equitable urban learning ecologies for prosocial development with digital media
  • Elizabeth J. Wood
    From the Ground Up: Building Teaching and Learning at Edu2 through an Innovative Partnership Ecosystem for the 21st Century

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships [September 2019 Competition]

  • Pierre-Luc Brisson
    Fear: A Social and Political History in the Age of Roman Overseas Expansion (264-146 BCE)
  • Thara Charland
    Montréal imaginaire : Ville et bande dessinée
  • Alvin Y.H. Cheung 
    Abusive Legalism: Autocratic Use of Sub-Constitutional Law
  • Emily M. Colpitts
    The impact of anti-feminist backlash on efforts to prevent and address sexual violence at Canadian universities
  • Vincent Denault
    L’influence des croyances sur le mensonge sur l’évaluation de la crédibilité des témoins enfants et adolescents
  • Pascale Dubois  
    The role of basic psychological needs in promoting self-determination in adolescents with learning difficulties
  • Jordan B. Kinder
    Between Foreclosure and Possibility: Energy Imaginaries in the Contemporary Canadian Mediascape
  • David Myles
    Digitally Queer: Mapping Montréal’s LGBT+ Activist Cultures
  • Ashlee-Ann Pigford
    Exploring mechanisms of institutional change in arctic science
  • Valérie Poirier
    La pollution par le bruit à Montréal, 1945-1980
  • Ksenia K. Polonskaya
    Duties and Mandates of Arbitrators: Pluralist Account of International Investment Law
  • Maxwell James Ramstead      
    Foundations of social-cultural computational research: Theoretical, methodological, and ethical foundations and a network for the interdisciplinary study of interacting human minds
  • Daniel A. Stadnicki
    Ideal Time: The Backbeat as Aesthetic Technology of Modernity
  • Didier Zuniga
    The relations that matter: vulnerability, agency, sustainability

Read SSHRC’s official announcement