Research

Book Launch: The Impact of the Social Sciences

With a backdrop of growing importance of achieving research “impact”, scholars at the London School of Economics (LSE) have urged social scientists to join forces across disciplines and make far better use of an “impact” agenda for social science research. The aim of their appeal has been to demonstrate the benefits of social science research to the wider economy and society. Their “shorter, better, faster, free” mantra is being echoed this week in a newly released book, The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and Their Research Make a Difference.

The book’s landmark analyses are based on a three year research project studying how UK-based academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impacts,...

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SSH News: Congress 2014 registration, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, International Education Strategy, ERA Can+ info sessions, Apprenticeship harmonization, Big Thinking

It has been a full week of launches and announcements to support higher education and apprenticeship programs. Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, the Congress program is continually being updated, with new and exciting programming, including Congress Expo and the Big Thinking lecture series.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has extended the deadline for its...

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SSH News: CFI national funding announcement, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, Grand Challenges Canada funding opportunities, and Interrogating Access conference

Research infrastructure received a $63-million boost from the Government of Canada this week. Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced the investment in support of cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools that researchers need to make tomorrow's breakthroughs and to improve the lives of Canadians.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) wants your submissions for its Research for a better life: The Storytellers competition!...

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New international research opportunities from Mitacs Globalink

Mitacs Globalink

Guest blog by Mitacs

International collaborations are proving increasingly valuable to research, and universities across Canada are looking to establish worldwide linkages through the two-way mobility of talented students.

Mitacs has promoted student mobility through its Globalink program, which has been bringing top-ranked international undergraduates to Canada for research projects since 2009.

This success prompted Mitacs to explore new avenues for cross-border partnerships. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Globalink Research Award, which gives senior undergraduate and graduate students from the social sciences, humanities and STEM disciplines in...

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SSH News: New Rhodes Scholars, Humanities around the globe, watch Ron Deibert’s Big Thinking lecture online

The 2014 class of Rhodes scholars has been announced and the list of 83 includes 11 Canadian students. The social sciences are fairly well represented among the Canadian scholars’ fields of study, with areas of interest ranging from public health to international security, social entrepreneurship, philosophy, and First Nations and public policy.

An article in the ...

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SSH News: Canada’s “marriage gap” and Big Thinking, Federation president’s letter to the editor, SSHRC and Mitacs partner up, and CIHR Synapse award nominations

 

In an op-ed in the Globe and Mail this week, columnist Margaret Wente describes “the inequality we don’t talk about” as that which has resulted from Canada’s “marriage gap” – with increased divorce rates and fewer people getting married in the first place, the changing dynamics of Canadian families are, according to Wente, more than coincidentally related to stagnating household incomes and greater class divides. So is less marriage creating more inequality in Canada? Wente suggests that “if we’re really interested in the roots of inequality, ignoring it is a big mistake.”

On December 10th in Ottawa, Céline Le Bourdais of McGill University will present “Cohabitation: an alternative or substitute for marriage?” in our final Big...

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Incubating innovation and ingenuity at CSPC

 

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation took part in the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) held in Toronto last week. Founded in 2008 by a group of professionals from across industry, academia and government, the CSPC is an annual gathering of minds that aims to address current and emerging issues in Canadian science policy. The forum brings together scholars and stakeholders from across the country to engage in dialogue and encourage action around science, technology and innovation policy issues.

The theme of the event was “Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity,” and sessions were held on a range of topics such as understanding innovation, changes in graduate studies and research training, science communication and the science-policy interface...

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SSH News: Mitacs blog, Young Arts Entrepreneur grant, COU & CAUT reports, next Big Thinking lecture

 

Mitacs launched a new blog this week that is set to feature posts about research, innovation and funding opportunities, as well as news and other issues related to the connection of academics and industry. Their first post looks into the future of Canadian postdoctoral researchers, and is based on a recent survey carried out with the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Click here to read the first installment of the Mitacs blog, and perhaps leave a comment! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified of new posts.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation has introduced a new initiative to assist young people who want to start their own arts...

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The Power of Ideas at Rideau Hall

 

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation attended the Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall yesterday. The event brought together the five 2013 Killam Prize winners for a fascinating exploration of the different themes of research represented by each, and was expertly moderated by Paul Kennedy, the host of Ideas on CBC. This year’s winners are: Lorne Babiuk of the University of Alberta in the health sciences category; John McGarry of Queen’s University for social sciences; Witold Pedrycz of...

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SSH News: Big Thinking registration ends today, ASPP Open Access policy, GG award winner, new Canada Research Chairs, and the location announcement for Congress 2016!

 

Register now for next week’s Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill – there are only a few spots left! The event will see Ron Deibert, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs' Citizen Lab, discuss how recent revelations in cyber surveillance are likely to make matters worse – at least in the short term – for a free, open and secure Internet. Click here for details.

The Federation has recently begun a new undertaking to develop an Open Access policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a publicly-funded supporter of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, which has helped to get more than 6,000 works published since its inception. This project is a major multi-year initiative that will involve a public consultation period and a...

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