By Excel Dyquiangco
With a rapidly changing world, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, has decided to invest in research and technological innovations worth $744,000 backed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
“Canadian social sciences and humanities researchers play a vital role in identifying, anticipating and preparing for global changes in our culture, politics, economy and demographics. The knowledge gained through these Knowledge Synthesis Grants will provide our government with the evidence we need to develop policies and tools to respond to these complex trends so that we may ensure a prosperous future for all Canadians, including the middle class,” Duncan said in a statement.
Focus of the projects varies such as advanced technologies, social innovation, and rural and urban resiliency.
Among the beneficiaries are Sami Aoun of Université de Sherbrooke who focuses on terrorism and addressing radicalization; and Stephanie Ben-Ishai of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University whose project involves the millennials – labor market challenges, indebtedness, and financial literacy.
The paper proposes how governments, researchers, and stakeholders can better understand and decrease economic equality faced by the young generation of today.
“SSHRC is proud to support research that addresses tomorrow’s challenges. These projects will further our understanding of the relationship between the complex factors that will shape Canada’s future,” said Ted Hewitt, SSHRC President.
As a federal research-funding agency, SSHRC expends over $350 million yearly to back over 8,300 research projects and training in the humanities and social sciences.
The Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG), valued at $25,000 each, are designed to help Canada be in a position where it can respond to various challenges for the benefit of all its citizens.
Summary report of KSG will be out in spring 2018.