Research at the Institute
On the strength of Canada's two major intellectual traditions, anglophone and francophone, the Faculty of Social Sciences stands as a centre of excellence in knowledge creation, research and training. Driven by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, research at the Faculty is at once rich, innovative and varied, contributing to the depth and breadth of discussions on current issues here and elsewhere. And whether fundamental, theoretical, applied or action-oriented (action research), this research stems from proven expertise—most notably in Canada's Francophonie—and greatly influences individual communities and society in general.
In step with contemporary society on both the national and international fronts, the Faculty of Social Sciences fosters social innovation, creates and shares knowledge, promotes public policy development and builds research partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as community organizations.
Foregrounding feminist, queer, and critical race theories, and focusing on questions of equity, empowerment, and resistance, scholars in, and associated with, the Institute of Women's Studies bring innovative, interdisciplinary research to enrich our knowledge of contemporary issues that include topics such as: globalization, migration and development; current and historical social movements; sexual and reproductive health; bodies and surveillance; cultural studies; and literature and contemporary cinema. With backgrounds in Social Sciences and Humanities, professors employ a range of qualitative, textual, and visual methods to address questions of interest and contribute to theory, policy, and practice in Canada and around the world.
World of Ideas Features
“Work in Canada and Live Your Canadian Dream!” exclaims one of the numerous ads that can be found in Philippine newspapers, on website banners, and across billboards throughout the country. Over 58,000 individuals have come to Canada through the Live-in Caregiver Program, but, as this research finds, few if any are "Living a Canadian Dream".
Author: Denise L. Spitzer, Institute of Women's Studies
Abortions need not to be illegal in order to be inaccessible to many women. This is what concludes Dr. Christabelle Sethna after completing a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded research on the access to abortion services. Aboriginal women, younger women, poorer women, women from rural areas and women from Atlantic Canada are most likely to have to travel for abortions services.
Author: Christabelle Sethna, Institute of Women's Studies / Faculty of Health Sciences