58 new UBC-led projects supported through SSHRC funding programs

June 15, 2021

A total of 58 new projects led by UBC researchers have been awarded funding of $13 million through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants and Insight Grants programs.

An additional $2.1m was awarded to 35 UBC-led projects announced last year through the Insight Development Grants competition.

These awards were announced as part of the Government of Canada's investment of more than $635 million for research, which also included funding through NSERC Discovery Grants and the Canada Research Chairs Program. New projects led by UBC researchers and new and renewed UBC Canada Research Chairs were awarded approximately $48 million of this announced investment.

Read the Government of Canada Announcement

Read the SSHRC Announcement


SSHRC Partnership Grants support large teams working in a formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and public, private or not-for-profit organizations. These grants provide funding from four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership.

UBC-led Projects
  • Luciani Duranti (School of Information)
    Archives 4.0: Artificial Intelligence for Trust in Records and Archives
    UBC co-applicants: Jennifer Douglas (School of Information); Muhammad Abdul-Mageed (School of Information), Richard Arias-Hernandez (School of Information) and Victoria Lemieux (School of Information) 
    $2,489,577 (5 years)

All Awardees and Project partners


SSHRC Partnership Development Grants provide support from one to three years to teams working in a formal partnership between postsecondary institutions and public, private or not-for-profit organizations. They are intended to either develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars; or to design and test new partnership approaches for research and related activities that may result in best practices or models that can be adapted by others.

UBC-led Projects

Seven projects led by UBC researchers were awarded a total of $1.3m

  1. Hamlin, J. Kiley (Psychology)
    Building large-scale collaborative networks in infant and behavioural research
    $ 200,000   (2 years)
  2. Konijnendijk, Cecil (Forest Resources Management)
    UBC co-applicants: Kai Chan (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability) and Susan Day (Forest Resources Management)
    The Urban Forest Management Action Framework: How human actions impact urban forest ecosystem services
    $ 182,395   (3 years)
  3. Le Billon, Philippe (Geography)
    UBC co-applicants: Nathan Bennett (Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries) and Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries) 
    Fishy crimes: Partnering to improve small-scale fishers livelihoods
    $ 199,850   (3 years)
  4. Li, Eric P. H (Faculty of Management, UBCO)
    UBC co-applicants: Amir Ardestanijaafari (Faculty of Management, UBCO); Jennifer Davis (Faculty of Management, UBCO); John Graham (School of Social Work, UBCO); Kathy Rush (School of Nursing, UBCO) and Zheng Liu (School of Engineering, UBCO)
    Food Odyssey: An exploratory study of the implementation of sustainable and resilient local food systems
    $ 179,800   (3 years)
  5. Lightfoot, Sheryl (Political Science / First Nations and Indigenous Studies)
    Decolonizing Settler States: Unravelling Systemic Blockages to Indigenous Rights in State Institutions and Civil Society
    $ 199,796   (3 years)
  6. Martindale, Andrew (Anthropology)
    UBC co-applicants: Camilla Speller (Anthropology), Dominique Weis (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences), Alison Wylie (Philosophy), Neha Gupta (Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies, UBCO), Patrick Ritchie (Anthropology) and Susan Rowley (Anthropology)
    Materializing Indigenous Histories: Community-University Partnerships for Indigenous-engaged Archaeological Research
    $ 200,000   (2 years)
  7. Renwick, Kerry (Curriculum & Pedagogy)
    Growing a Transnational Food Literacy Education Partnership
    $ 178,064   (3 years)

ALL partners and Awardees


SSHRC Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years.  Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues about individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.

UBC-led Projects

50 projects led by UBC researchers were awarded a total of $9.2m.

  1. Agarwal, Isha (Sauder School of Business)
    UBC co-applicant: Bain, Bo (Sauder School of Business)
    Cross-border financial technology diffusion: evidence from mobile banking
    $ 87,100 
  2. Arbel, Efrat (Peter A. Allard School of Law)
    Rethinking Human Rights in Immigration Detention: Towards a Trauma-Informed Approach
    $ 152,824  
  3. Bakker, Karen (Geography)
    Mobile Biodiversity Conservation: Dynamic digital management of protected areas
    $ 134,407 
  4. Baldauf, Markus (Sauder School of Business)
    UBC co-applicants: Favilukis, Jack (Sauder School of Business) and Garlappi, Lorenzo (Sauder School of Business)
    Individual returns, corruption, and price pressure in local housing markets: Evidence from Real Estate Transaction-level Data
    $ 240,750 
  5. Baumbusch, Jennifer (Nursing)
    UBC co-applicants: Cannon, Joanna (Educational and CounsellinPsychology, and Special Education), Hole, Rachelle (School of Social Work, UBCO), Poon, Brenda (School of Population and Public Health)
    From Kindergarten to Post-Secondary: Exploring the Educational Journeys of Students with Disabilities
    $ 277,878
  6. Baylis, Patrick (Vancouver School of Economics)
    UBC co-applicant: Noack, Frederick (Land and Food Systems)
    Climate and Migration in the Twenty-First Century
    $ 64,000
  7. Binfet, John-Tyler (Okanagan School of Education)
    Undergraduate Student Stress Reduction Through Virtual Canine Comfort
    $ 88,915 
  8. Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni (Forest and Conservation Sciences)
    Learning from Customary Governance: Achieving Broader Societal Benefits from Forest Landscapes
    $ 297,600 
  9. Bredin, Shannon (Kinesiology)
    UBC co-applicants: Hare, Jan (Language & Literacy Education); Rosalin, Miles (Kinesiology); Norman, Moss (Kinesiology); Petherick, LeAnne (Curriculum & Pedagogy); Warburton, Darren (Kinesiology)
    Engaging Indigenous youth through traditional land-based activities
    $ 199,342 
  10. Bryce, Benjamin (History)
    Grounds for Exclusion: Immigration, Race, Health, and Gender in Argentina, 1876-1940
    $ 88,369 
  11. Byers, Michael (Political Science)
    Sustainable Development of Low Earth Orbit
    $ 281,400 
  12. Chen, Frances (Psychology)
    What happens when we turn away? Comparing empathic disengagement and engagement as modes of coping with others' distress
    $ 140,749
  13. Coleman, Katharina (Political Science)
    Local Internationals: Navigating the Intersection of Global Institutions and Local Politics
    $ 94,364 
  14. Couture, Victor (Vancouver School of Economics)
    Mobility and Congestion in World Cities: Evidence from Google Maps
    $ 131,730  
  15. Crocker, Peter (Kinesiology)
    UBC co-applicants: Bennett, Erica (Kinesiology), Bundon, Andrea (Kinesiology)
    Exploring psychological well-being and adaptation processes in Paralympic and Olympic athletes: A critical study of privilege and marginalization in the age of COVID-19
    $ 76,425  
  16. Cruz, Cesi (Vancouver School of Economics)
    Pathways to Women's Political Influence: Community-Based Interventions in Cambodia and the Philippines
    $ 285,790 
  17. Dahl, Darren (Sauder School of Business)
    Ethical Storytelling in Corporate Social Responsibility
    $ 135,400
  18. de Castell, Suzanne (Education)
    UBC co-applicant: Bryson, Mary (Language & Literacy Education)
    Para-Cognitive Play: What Classroom Ecologies Can Teach Us About Game-Based Learning and Assessment
    $ 236,380 
  19. DeLongis, Anita (Psychology)
    Dyadic coping in couples: What types of support are helpful?
    $ 94,955  
  20. Ellermann, Antje (Political Science)
    Immigration Bureaucracies in an Era of Anti-Immigration Populism
    $ 284,864 
  21. Ferraz, Claudio (Vancouver School of Economics)
    Political Inequality: History, Political Selection, and the Effects of Reforms in Brazil
    $ 225,900 
  22. Fu, Qiang (Sociology)
    How to build a nation for all nations? A mixed big-data approach to social integration of immigrants in Canada, 1970--2020
    $ 94,990 
  23. Gallipoli, Giovanni (Vancouver School of Economics)
    UBC co-applicant: Lazrak, Ali (Sauder School of Business)
    Investigating the mechanics of inequality: employment, wealth and consumption
    $ 154,100 
  24. Garlappi, Lorenzo (Sauder School of Business)
    Dynamic Voting and Group Decisions in Corporate Finance
    $ 317,860
  25. Gélinas-Lemaire, Vincent (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies)
    Narratives of the Fall: Contemporary Poetics of Ruin
    $ 80,928 
  26. Glassheim, Eagle (History)
    Revitalizing Mining Landscapes and Communities: Ecological Restoration, Heritage Preservation, and Economic Development in the Age of Mass Destruction Mining
    $ 98,507 
  27. Guhn, Martin (School of Population and Public Health)
    UBC co-applicants: Almas, Alisa (School of Population and Public Health); Forer, Barry (School of Population and Public Health)
    How does Aboriginal Head Start make a difference for Indigenous children and their families? Partnering on a longitudinal mixed-methods study
    $ 270,504  
  28. Hall, Kathleen (Linguistics)
    Message-Oriented Phonology: Canadian ASL
    $ 302,380
  29. Hastie, Bethany (Peter A. Allard School of Law)
    Collective Representation in a New World of Work: Implications for Canadian Labour Law
    $ 95,287 
  30. Hewitt, Paul (Psychology)
    UBC co-applicant: Birch, Susan (Psychology)
    Intrapersonal Expression of Perfection: The Perfectionistic Self-Relationship
    $ 382,365 
  31. Hopewell, Kristen (School of Public Policy and Global Affairs)
    Contemporary Conflicts in the Politics and Governance of International Trade
    $ 156,320 
  32. Hristov, Jasmin (History and Sociology, UBCO)
    Land Violence, Security, and Development in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico
    $ 229,033 
  33. Huot, Suzanne (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy)
    Fostering cohesion within diversifying communities: Immigration to Francophone minority communities from coast to coast
    $ 280,081
  34. Irwin, Rita (Curriculum & Pedagogy)
    UBC co-applicant: Leddy, Shannon (Curriculum & Pedagogy)
    Retracing, Reimagining and Reconciling our Roots
    $ 255,620 
  35. Jenson, Jennifer (Language & Literacy Education)
    School's Out: Ludic Pathways to STEM Equity?
    $ 237,180 
  36. Kassan, Anusha (Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
    Newcomer Youth and School Integration: An Arts-Based Engagement Ethnography in the French and English Public System
    $ 100,000  
  37. Kerns, Connor (Psychology)
    UBC co-applicants: Palombo, Daniela (Psychology) and Rights, Jason (Psychology)
    Social skill and social disconnection: Investigating the role of memory
    $ 222,579 
  38. Liu, Siyuan (Theatre & Film)
    The Avant-Garde and the Proletarian: Japan's Impact on Leftist Chinese Theatre in the 1930s
    $ 84,788  
  39. Lundholm, Russell (Sauder School of Business)
    UBC co-applicant: Zheng, Xin (Sauder School of Business)
    The changing value of financial analysis in the presence of ETFs
    $ 236,463 
  40. Marmer, Vadim (Vancouver School of Economics)
    Econometric Analysis of Auctions
    $ 80,000
  41. Marshall, Christopher (Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies)
    Comic Routines in Roman Comedy
    $ 199,795  
  42. Matthewson, Lisa (Linguistics)
    UBC co-applicants: Bochnak, Ryan (Linguistics); Csipak, Eva (Linguistics); Morzycki, Marcin (Linguistics); Rullmann, Hotze (Linguistics)
    Questions about Questions in Human Languages
    $ 348,317
  43. Nelson, Harry (Forest Resources Management)
    I'm a Lumberjack and I'm not OK
    $ 272,710 
  44. Peck, Jamie (Geography)
    Breaking new ground: economic integration and regulatory transformation in China's Greater Bay Area
    $ 397,312 
  45. Petrina, Stephen (Curriculum and Pedagogy)
    Philosophy of Media and Technology for Children and Youth
    $ 194,031
  46. Ragoonaden, Karen (Okanagan School of Education)
    Mindfulness and Antiracist Education: Developing Critical Reflection
    $ 86,370 
  47. Sajjadiani, Sima (Sauder School of Business)
    UBC co-applicants: Seidel, Marc-David (Sauder School of Business) and Shiva, Amirpouyan (Anthropology)
    Using Machine Learning and Computational Grounded Theory to Understand the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Work and Employment: Evidence from Social Media
    $ 99,849 
  48. Schabas, Margaret (Philosophy)
    Economics and Early Modern Philosophy
    $ 53,800  (4 years)
  49. Tremblay, Régine (Peter A. Allard School of Law)
    Rethinking Family Law: A Legal Mapping of How Law Incentivizes Relationships and Supports Families in Selected Canadian Provinces
    $ 99,471
  50. Wu, Chunhua (Sauder School of Business)
    UBC co-applicant: Weinberg, Charles (Sauder School of Business)
    Incentives, Content Contribution, and Access Equality in an Online Health Community
    $ 125,000 

ALL Awardees and collaborators