Research 2017-18

Research Themes

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The Faculty of Social Sciences represents a place of excellence in knowledge creation, research and training. Driven by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, research at the Faculty is rich, innovative and varied, contributing to the depth of understanding and breadth of discussions on a variety of issues nationally and internationally. And whether fundamental, theoretical, applied or action-oriented, this research is generated by our renowned expertise, ultimately culminating in applications designed to influence individual communities and the betterment of society.

We have identified five research themes which collectively represent a large proportion of the research undertaken in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Research Chairs

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Research Chairs are a vital way of promoting a discipline, a strategic area or even an experienced researcher's program that has merited the endorsement of his peers due to the impact of his work. Our Research Chairs are exceptional teachers and researchers and are always pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their respective fields. A Research Chair is allocated partly on the basis of their research program, but also by virtue of their sustained contribution to education, mentoring of students, as well as scientific exchanges with other researchers.

Research Centres and Institutes

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Research centres and institutes are venues for meetings and discussions, supported jointly by the Vice-President for Research and the Faculty. They have an identifiable and visible research structure, a clear research strategy for the criterias of research excellence, governance of their own and important influence. If the research centres focus on the mentoring of graduate studies, than the institutes offer important programs of study in key strategic fields. In doing so, the research centres and institutes attest to the intensity of research within the Faculty and the University.

Research by the Numbers

  • 270 Regular Professors
  • 10,2 million in research funding
  • 31% of professors hold Canadian federal granting agency funds (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)
  • 56% of professors hold external research funds (grants and contracts)
  • 19 postdoctoral students
  • 1,237 Graduate students, 41% at the doctoral level

Research Funding Sources (2017-2018)

Types of funding 2017-2018
Funding Sources Amount
Tri-Council $4,121,643
Canadian Research Chairs $500,000
Government $2,236,990
Corporations $25,000
Associations $884,863
Universities, Colleges $1,036,614
Internal $1,074,169
Foundations $327,036
Total $10,206,315


Research Funding (2010-2018)

Research Funding 2010-2018
Research Funding, 2010-2018
Funding Sources 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Tri-Council Funding $2,951,103 $2,841,098 $2,619,696 $3,274,643 $3,685,601 $3,719,813 $3,943,301 $4,121,643
Other External Funding $3,159,362 $4,780,464 $3,360,642 $3,645,789 $4,579,084 $4,605,282 $5,041,047 $5,010,503
Internal Funding $1,258,952 $1,211,189 $1,240,953 $1,178,051 $1,127,194 $1,221,170 $1,201,450 $1,074,169
Total $7,369,417 $8,832,751 $7,221,291 $8,098,483 $9,391,879 $9,546,265 $10,185,798 $10,206,315
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