Research Chairs

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. 

Canada Research Chairs

Canada 150 Research Chair in Climate Economics, Innovation and Policy

Chair: Carolyn Fischer

This research explores how many different challenges shape the creation of appropriate clean technology policies and strategies.

Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy

Chair: Nicholas Rivers, GSPIA

This research will lead to improved understanding of the costs and benefits of climate change and other environmental policies.

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics

Chair: Anthony Heyes, Economics

This research will lead to a better understanding of how environmental rules and regulations are developed and their economic efficiency.

Canada Research Chair in Legal Traditions and Penal Rationality

Chair: Alvaro Pires, Criminology / CIRCEM

The CRC in Legal Traditions and Penal Rationality studies the foundation and characteristics of the criminal justice systems of modern societies, how they have changed, and new approaches to designing them.

Fulbright Visiting Chairs

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange of scholars and provides the opportunity for the best Canadian and American scholars to lecture, research and study in the other country. Award recipients include distinguished scholars in a wide variety of disciplines at various stages in their academic careers including junior and tenured faculty, graduate students, doctoral candidates, independent researchers and professionals.

  • Carrie Manning (2018), Project: Taxing Democracy: Municipal Revenue Models and Local Government Accountability: A comparison of U.S. and Canadian Experience
  • Stephen Bird (2016-2017), Project: The Politics of Energy Conflict and Social Acceptance
  • Dee Williams (2016-2017), Project: Traditional Knowledge Integration with Science
  • John Decker (2015), Project: Curse or Cure: Can Dept Policies Affect Fiscal Discipline for Local Governments in Canada and the U.S.?
  • Eric Zeemering (2014), Project: Implementing Urban Sustainability in Canada
  • Stephen Blank (2012), Project: Cross Border Regional Governance in North America
  • Mara Sydney (2012), Project: Making a Home, Feeling at Home: The Role of NGOs in Immigrant Integration
  • Prosper Bernard (2010), Project: Canada in the International Criminal Court. The Case for Renewed Engagement
University Research Chairs

Chaire de recherche Québec, francophonie canadienne et mutations culturelles

Chair: Martin Meunier, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies

This Chair examines shifting identities and cultural changes in Quebec and Canada using a comparative and international methodology. It also synergises research on Quebec studies at the University of Ottawa.

Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie et les politiques publiques

Chair: Linda Cardinal, School of Political Studies

The goal of this research is to stimulate new thoughts and theories relating to the creation of public policies and the empowerment of linguistic minorities at a time of globalization and redefinition of national identities.

OLBI Chair in Language Learning and Acquisition

Chair: Christopher Fennell, School of Psychology

The goal of this research is to investigate the learning and acquisition of multiple languages particular psycholinguistic measures of language performance across the life span.

Research Chair in Stress and Mental Health

Chair: Nafissa Ismail, School of Psychology

The goal of this research is to understand why adolescents are more vulnerable to developing mental health conditions. Using male and female human and rodent models, she investigates how age and sex modulate the stress response and influence stress-induced changes in the pubertal/adolescent brain.


Endowed Research Chairs

Chair of Ukrainian Studies

Chair: Dominique Arel, School of Political Studies

The projects undertaken by the Chair of Ukrainian Studies examine the politics of memory of mass violence in the history of Ukraine (the Holodomor Famine-Genocide, the Shoah, the Soviet repression and others), the categorization of identities in censuses, the political consequences of the language dynamic and transformations of the political system. This research program is conducted internationally in collaboration with researchers in political science, history, sociology, anthropology and demography.

CHEO Research Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health

Chair: Virginie Cobigo, School of Psychology

The Research Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health will play a key role in linking together the considerable research resources of the community in services for child and youth mental health.

CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy

Chair: Patrick Leblond, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

The purpose of the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy is to: increase corporate research capacity and public policy; follow the evolution of the country’s political economy and, in particular, key issues related to a liberal society, a strong market and a responsive government to preserve institutions; and to support the University in establishing closer ties with the community of public policy, in particular taking advantage of its strategic position in the national capital.

Jarislowsky Chair on Management in the Public Sector

Joint Chair with the School of Management
Chair: Luc Bernier, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

The purpose of the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management is to enhance research capacity in public sector management; conduct interdisciplinary research on contemporary issues of public management; provide a focal point at the University of Ottawa for the study of public sector management; and attract new talent to careers in the public sector.

Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair

Chair: François Rocher , School of Political Studies

The Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair, established in memory of the respected politician and political scientist who taught at the University of Ottawa, is dedicated to the study of Canadian political institutions and their transformation in light of the changing conditions and practices of contemporary democratic governance. Three main themes currently guide the work and activities of the chair: the evolution of the relationship between politics and public administration and the political status of the Public Service; the evolving role and legislative career of Members of Parliament; and the emergence of a new institutional architecture to regulate political and governmental ethics in Canada.

Joint Chair in Women's Studies

Joint Chair with Carleton University
Ummni Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University 

Working in both French and English, the incumbent of the Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University teaches, engages in research and participates in several committees and events linked to Women's Studies on both campuses. They act as a resource person on women's issues and feminist research at both universities. They also establish and maintain contact with local, regional, national and international feminist educational and community-based organizations.

McLaughlin Research Chair on Psychosocial Aspects of Risk and Health

Chair: Louise Lemyre, School of Psychology

Within the work undertaken, the Chair's interdisciplinary projects evaluate and highlight the underlying interactions of the major determinants of population health, especially at they relate to sense of mastery, uncertainty and threat. The psychosocial aspects of terrorism, emergency preparedness and psychosocial management of risks are at the core of her applied research program.

Research Chair in Taiwan Studies

Chair: André Laliberté, School of Political Studies

The Research Chair on Taiwan Studies will promote research, dissemination of research, and curriculum development on Taiwan Studies at the University of Ottawa. The activities of the Chair will be interdisciplinary, reaching across the disciplines and fields of the Faculty of Social Science.

Faculty Research Chairs

Faculty Research Chair in Community Mental Health and Homelessness

Chair: Tim Aubry, School of Psychology

The Faculty Research Chair in Community Mental Health and Homelessness will focus on conducting community-based research that contributes to the development of social programs and policies assisting people with significant mental health problems to exit homelessness and become re-integrated into the community.

Faculty Research Chair in Francophonie, Literacy and Society

Chair: Alain Desrochers, School of Psychology

This chair studies the development of reading competencies in children and in adults. The research focuses on the creation of teaching materials best suited to the needs of the learners, promoting and disseminating educational best practices and the use of information technologies.

Faculty Research Chair in International Politics

Chair: Michael Williams, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

This research chair will examine the foundations of international political theory in both it conceptual and historical dimensions, and in relation to the shifting practices of international relations. By examining emerging structures of power and practice in the contemporary world order, it seeks to provide a broad and critical perspective on contemporary global transformations and the political challenges they pose.

Faculty Research Chair, The Prison in Culture, Culture in Prison

Chair: Sylvie Frigon, Department of Criminology

This chair will facilitate the insertion of “culture in prison, prison in culture” through research and creation of a book of letters from women prisoners from different countries. Writing workshops are held in prisons so incarcerated women can express their feelings and thoughts on motherhood, loneliness, confinement, love, etc. Prison life will also be exposed by artistes whose writings will offer complementary perspectives.

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