Role of HSS


About this project

The Federation is launching an ambitious new project to help the humanities and social science community articulate the value of their scholarship. Our objective is to develop a renewed, evidence-based account of how the humanities and social sciences affect people’s lives in the 21st century and to communicate this effectively to key audiences in government, the media, the higher-education sector and the general public.


2020 survey on the role of the HSS

Are you conducting research related to the COVID-19 pandemic or know someone who is? The Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences wants to share your story.

Social sciences and humanities researchers play an important role in helping Canada navigate these unprecedented times and will continue to inform government, industry and the public’s decisions in the months and years ahead as we emerge from the crisis and deal with its aftermath. The Federation is currently undertaking communications activities to raise awareness of this vital role and reinforce the value of our disciplines to Canada and the world.

Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey about your research related to the pandemic. We will draw from survey responses and any follow-up research to develop content for various communications activities.

2018 Discussion paper


This discussion paper was prepared to spark a conversation about the importance of the humanities and social sciences. The paper explores why now is an important time to undertake this project, proposes some approaches for talking about the value of these disciplines, and invites members of the humanities and social sciences community to provide feedback.

Share your thoughts with us

The Federation thanks all those who participated in our live and online round table discussions throughout May and June 2018. Feedback from those events is being reviewed to inform the final project.