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Sept. 12, 2016

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Sept. 9, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University have received more than $2.16 million in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2016 Insight Development and Insight Grant programs.

“We are very proud of these researchers and these awards represent an acknowledgement by their peers of the high-quality research undertaken in the social sciences and humanities at Laurier,” said Robert Gordon, vice-president: research. “This funding not only helps to further our faculty members’ research programs, but also provides the resources necessary to support meaningful research experiences for students.”

A wide range of Laurier research projects received funding, including: a study of the inter-connections between urbanization, food security, and governance in Africa; a study of personal well-being during retirement years; developing a sexual violence prevention program for communities that have experienced violence and war; and a study investigating the effects of campaign polling on elections.

One of the funded Laurier projects, by Associate Professor of Psychology Colleen Loomis, will track outcomes of early childhood interventions. Loomis’ work will add new data to the Better Beginnings, Better Futures (BBBF) project conducted in the 1990s under the direction of Ray Peters, professor emeritus at Queen’s University. The BBBF project assessed the long-term impact of government spending on early childhood development programming for Canadian children between the ages of four and eight. The project assessed participants’ outcomes at age 18.

The new research project will follow-up with BBBF participants at the age of 25, further investigating outcomes related to post-secondary education, employment and social assistance, in addition to the potential for further government savings. The original research found a cost savings of $2.50 for every $1 of government funds invested in early childhood development programming and found positive outcomes for participating youth.

“Our project is designed to build on 20 years of rigorous research by Peters’ team, seizing the opportunity to follow up with 500 young adults,” said Loomis, principal investigator for the project. “I’m so pleased to receive this support for this unique opportunity to track kids over such a long period of time.”

The 2016 Insight Development and Insight Grant programs funding was announced today by federal Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. The awards included 1,150 research grants totaling more than $160 million. Funded Laurier research projects include:

  • Laurie Barclay, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: Enhancing Fairness in the Workplace: understanding employee and manager's experiences of justice and overcoming obstacles to enacting fairness ($147,385).
  • Michael Brolley, Finance, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: Financial Information Acquisition and Dissemination in a High Frequency World ($53,242).
  • Jorg Broschek, Political Science, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance: The Politics of Federal Reform: Australia, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland since the 1990s ($117,764).
  • Jonathan Crush, CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development, School of International Policy and Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs; Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies: Consuming Urban Poverty 2: Secondary Urbanization, Food Security, and Local Governance in Africa ($291,734).
  • Greig de Peuter, Communication Studies: Pathways Beyond Precarity in the Cultural and Creative Industries: Sustainable Livelihoods and Cultures of Solidarity ($97,607).
  • Bonnie Glencross, Archaeology and Classical Studies: Dogs as Proxies for Investigating Trends in Human Diet in Southern Ontario A.D. 1300–1650 ($57,976).
  • Madhu Kalimipalli, Finance, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: On the Interconnectedness of Financial Institutions ($82,281).
  • Debra Langan, Criminology: The Experiences of Women in Red and Blue: A Qualitative Study of the Organizational Contexts of Canadian Police Services ($66,051).
  • Colleen Loomis, Psychology: Outcomes and Cost Savings 20 years after Early Childhood Interventions for 4 to 8 year olds ($311,998).
  • Lucy Luccisano, Sociology: Safe Cities, Urban Politics and Social Policy in North America ($74,395).
  • Josephine McMurray, Business Technology Management Program, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: Mobile SmartSurveys: Does Context Matter When We Share Experience Data With Researchers Using Our Smartphones? ($62,939).
  • Nicola Newton, Psychology: Contextualizing Retirement: Psychosocial Resources, Activities, and Well-being ($54,945).
  • Chris Nighman, History and Medieval and Medievalism Studies: The Chrysostomus Latinus in Iohannem Online (CLIO) Project ($38,372).
  • Michael Pavlin: Finance, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: Analysis of Transient and Localized Market Structure in Energy Markets ($150,320).
  • Jason Roy, Political Science: The Power of Polls - a Cross-National Experimental Analysis of the Effects of Campaign Polls ($181,806).
  • Carrie Sanders, Criminology: Technology and Data Science in Policing: a Study of Crime Analysts in Canada ($107,375).
  • Sarah J.S. Wilner, Marketing, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: Speaking from Experience: Investigating New Means of Evaluating Experiential Marketing Campaigns ($60,870).
  • Christos Shiamptanis, Economics, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: Default Risk Assessment: The Case of Canada ($20,778).
  • Steve Sider, Education: Exploring Principal Leadership for Inclusion of Students with Special Education Needs in Canadian Schools ($43,726).
  • Eliana Suarez, Lyle S. Hallman School of Social Work: Preventing Sexual Violence in Post Conflict Communities: Developing a Community Based Approach involving Bystanders ($73,386).
  • Ciann Wilson, Psychology: Mixed-Race African Diasporic and Indigenous Oral History Project ($70,941).

The federal Insight Development Grants and Insight Grants programs are designed to build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers in the area of social science and humanities research. Insight Development Grants fund innovative new approaches to research in its early stages, provide high-quality research experiences for students and mobilize research knowledge for economic and social impact. The funding will support research and student training for up to two years. Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities and support longer-term research programs. The funding will support research and student training for up to five years.

Find more information about SSHRC’s programs.

View the SSHRC news release.

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Robert Gordon, Vice-President
Wilfrid Laurier University

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

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