Research - Annual report 2020-21

Abstract waves

An overview of research the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest faculty at the University of Ottawa. Our researchers engage in basic, theoretical, empirical, applied and dedicated research. FSS is one of the few faculties to receive funding from all Tri-Council agencies.

Some statistics:

  • 9 academic units
  • 257 regular professors
  • 34 post-doctorate students
  • 1,311 graduate students, 39% pursuing a doctorate
  • $13,737,305 in total research funding
  • $53,453 in research intensity ($50,180in 2019-2020)
  • 37% increase in research intensity since 2016
  • 60% of professors receive research funding
  • 41% of research funded by Tri-Council agencies

Five research focus areas

Faculty of Social Sciences research priorities depicted in 5 circular colourful icons
Cross-cutting priorities: La Francophonie and Indigenous research
  1. Social Justice, Equity, Social Groups, and Inclusion
  2. Environment, Sustainability, and Society
  3. Governance, Policy, and Open Societies
  4. Health and Human Development
  5. Media, Technology, and Society
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