Thirty-six projects led by UBC researchers awarded SSHRC Insight Development Grants

November 16, 2022

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the recipients of funding through their Insight Development Grants competitions.

Over $35 million was awarded to fund 585 research projects from 71 Canadian institutions.

A total of 36 projects led by UBC researchers were awarded funding through the 2022 Insight Development Grants competition, with combined awards of over $2 million. UBC researchers are co-applicants and collaborators on a further 16 projects being led by researchers at other institutions.

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years that are proposed by individuals or teams. 

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UBC-led Projects

  1. Alaica, Aleksa (Anthropology)
    From the mountains to the sea: Animal management, sustainability and colonization in southern Peru in the 1st millennium CE
    Collaborators: Bélisle, Véronique (Millsaps College), González, Luis Manuel (University of Toronto), Quispe-Bustamante, Hubert (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
  2. Ashe, Maureen (Family Practice)
    The View from Here: Social Prescribing in Canada
    UBC Co-applicants:  Miller, William (Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy), Mortenson, William (Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy),  Petrella, Robert (Family Practice), Puyat, Joseph (School of Population and Public Health/Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences), Sakakibara, Brodie (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy/ Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Southern Medical Program at UBC Okanagan)
    Other Co-applicants: Chudyk, Anna (University of Manitoba), McArthur, Caitlin (Dalhousie University), Mulligan, Kate (University of Toronto)
    UBC Collaborators: Liang, Jessica (Kinesiology), Newton, Christie (Family Practice), Nijjar, Gurkirat (Family Practice),
    Other Collaborators: Park, Grace Haeson (Fraser Health Authority)
  3. Badir, Patricia (English)
    Settling Shakespeare: Bardolatry in British Columbia, 1916-2022
  4. Bennett, Erica (Kinesiology)
    Queering later life physical activity: Emotions, queer identity, and the psychological adaptation to age-related body changes
    Co-applicants: Griffin, Meridith (McMaster University), McDonough, Meghan (University of Calgary), Phoenix, Cassandra (Durham University)
  5. Chan, Jessica (Surgey)
    The Linguistic Indicators of Framing Tool: Developing a tool to LIFT negative framing out of published health research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
    Co-applicants: Cherba, Maria (University of Ottawa), Collins, Katherine (University of Saskatchewan)
  6. Cinnamon, Jonathan (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
    The experimental digital city: Learning from the Kelowna model of smart urban innovation
    Co-applicant: Leszczynski, Agnieszka (Western University)
  7. Conklin, Annalijn (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
    Social connectedness, life transitions, gender and eating habits: longitudinal study of a Canadian aging cohort
  8. Connolly, James (School of Community and Regional Planning)
    Measuring the Effects of Housing Vulnerability on Perceptions of Urban Climate Risk and Action
  9. D'Adduzio, Jenna (Sauder School of Business)
    Retail Investor Activity and Managers' Social Media Disclosures
    UBC Co-applicant: Xie, Yifang (Sauder School of Business)
  10. Daniels, Megan (Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies)
    Re-Orienting "Orientalizing": Intercultural Iconographies of the Mediterranean Iron Age
  11. Elfstrom, Manfred (Economics, Philosophy and Political Science)
    Mobilizing the Mountains: Natural Resources and Popular Protest in Appalachia and North China
  12. Filippello, Roberto (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
    Queer Threads: Critical Fashion Practices in Contemporary Palestine (2010-2022)
  13. Gagnon, Olivia (Theatre & Film)
    Performance Studies, Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the Politics of Difference
  14. Götz, Friedrich (Psychology)
    The dark sides of courage: A new perspective on an old construct
  15. Hurd, Laura (Kinesiology)
    Connecting in Later Life: Canadian Older Adults' Perceptions and Experiences of ICTs, Social Isolation, and Loneliness
    UBC Co-applicants:Bennett, Erica (Kinesilogy), Mortenson, William (Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy)
  16. Kim, Baek Jung (Sauder School of Business)
    Teach for Aptitude: The Impact of Learning Apps
    UBC Co-applicants: Wang, Yanwen (Sauder School of Business), Wu, Chunhua (Sauder School of Business)
  17. Lagresa, Elizabeth (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies)
    Re-Imagining the Spanish Novella: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Early Modern Fiction by Women (1635-1700)
  18. Lee, Gene (Sauder School of Business)
    Robots Serve Humans? Understanding the Economic and Societal Impacts of AI Robots in the Service Industry
  19. Legault, Gabrielle (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
    The Strength of Our Ancestors: A Youth-led Investigation of Urban Indigenous Identities
    UBC Collaborator: Kurtz, Donna (Nursing UBCO)
    Other Collaborator: Langrish, Kendra
  20. Li, Xiaojun (Political Science)
    Intellectual Humility and US-China Relations
    Collaborator: Ang, Yuen Yuen (University of Michigan)
  21. Lyon, John (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
    Tense and Aspect in Nsyilxcn: Linguistic and Syilx Perspectives on Meaning
    UBC Co-applicants: Armstrong, Jeannette (Community, Culture and Global Studies), Schreyer, Christine (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
    Collaborators: Baptiste, Maxine (En’owkin Centre), Bonneau, Tracey
  22. Mitchell, Tamara (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies)
    Reading with the Ears: The Sounds of Violence in Contemporary Latin American Literature
  23. Murphy, Emily (Creative and Critical Studies)
    Modernist Remediations: Embodiment, Technology, and Cultural Memory
    Collaborator: Vermeyden, Lydia (St. Francis Xavier University)
  24. Nan, Ning (Sauder School of Business)
    Gamification for Pro-Environmental Social Cooperation
    UBC Co-applicant: Woo, Carson (Sauder School of Business)
  25. Orr, Scott (Sauder School of Business)
    Scale, Scope and Market Power
    Co-applicants: Morrow, Peter (University of Toronto), Rachapalli, Swapnika (Princeton University)
  26. Park, Keunhyun (Forest Resources Management)
    Border vacuums: Analysis of underused parks as barriers of urban vitality using mobile phone data
    UBC Co-applicants: Nesbitt, Lorien (Forest Resources Management),  Rout, Angela (Forestry)
    Collaborators: Clark, Josephine, Morris, Brittany
  27. Robillard, Julie (Medicine)
    Social media and family communication: Exploring cultural perspectives
  28. Rogall, Thorsten (Vancouver School of Economics)
    Historical Lynchings and Police Brutality in the US
  29. Sriram, Veena (School of Public Policy and Global Affairs)
    Heroes on Strike: A Mixed Methods Investigation of Health Worker Protests in the COVID-19 Era
    Co-applicants: Brophy, Sorcha (Columbia University Irving Medical Center), Mishra, Arima (Azim Premji Foundation)
    Collaborators: Kishi, Roudabeh (ACLED), Rouffy-Ly, Benjamin (World Health Organization)
  30. ten Brinke, Leanne (Psychology)
    Emotional Survivor Effect: How Evolving Public Discourse Impacts the Perceived Credibility of Sexual Assault Disclosures
    Co-applicant: Baker, Alysha (Okanagan College)
    Collaborator: Lloyd, Emily (University of Denver)
  31. Tenenboim, Ori (School of Journalism, Writing, and Media)
    Publicly, Privately, or In-Between: How People Engage with News in Different Digital Spaces
  32. Valadares, Desiree (Geography)
    Circuits of Capital: The Visual Economy of Critical Infrastructures in Alaska and the Canadian Northwest
  33. Wernicke-Heinrichs, Meike (Language & Literacy Education)
    A narrative inquiry into the multilingual lives of French language teacher candidates
  34. Wilbur, Kerry (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
    Community pharmacists roles in collaborative patient-centred care: a social network analysis
    UBC Collaborator: Nimmon, Laura (Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy)
    Other Collaborator: Atherley, Anique (Ross University)
  35. Yu, Lingtao (Sauder School of Business)
    Rethinking the Nature of Abusive Supervision
  36. Zhou, Mi (Sauder School of Business)
    Digital education analytics leveraging interpretable features with machine learning


  1. Investing In Angels: The Impacts of a Century of Randomized Grants to Clergy in 18th-Century Britain
    Applicant: Milner, Benjamin (University of Alberta)
    UBC Co-applicant: Lowe, Matthew (Vancouver School of Economics)
  2. Effects of Stereotype Inconsistency, Visual Cues, and Racial Identity on Inter-Racial Dating Preferences
    Applicant: Lin, Pei-Shiuan (Lily) (Simon Fraser University)
    UBC Collaborator: Aquino, Karl (Sauder School of Business)
  3. Understanding and assessing learning in computing and maker classrooms: Participatory design research
    Applicant: Murai, Yumiko (Simon Fraser University)
    Co-applicant: Kumpulainen, Kristiina (Simon Fraser University)
    Collaborator: Crichton, Susan (Education)
  4. A qualitative exploration of the processes foundational to promoting psychological well-being amongst older, self-identifying gay men
    Applicant: Handlovsky, Ingrid (University of Victoria)
    Other Co-applicants: Ferlatte, Olivier (Université de Montréal), Gagnon, Marilou (University of Victoria)
    UBC Co-applicants: Kia, Hannah (School of Social Work), Oliffe, John (School of Nursing)
  5. Youth<-->Mental Health<-->Performance: How Young People Respond to Portrayals of Mental Health, Resilience and Well-Being in and Through Drama and Performance Creation
    Applicant: Prendergast, Monica (University of Victoria)
    UBC Co-applicant: Belliveau, George (Language & Literacy Education)
    Other Co-applicants: Hyman Zatzman, Belarie(York University), Kandil, Yasmine (University of Victoria), White, Jennifer (University of Victoria)
    Collaborators: Aberle, Rachel, Black, Tim (University of Victoria), Colella, Stephen, Swartz, Larry (University of Toronto)
  6. Are Moms Angry? Having a Baby during COVID-19
    Applicant: Ou, Christine (University of Victoria)
    UBC Co-applicant: Keys, Elizabeth (School of Nursing - UBCO)
    Other Co-applicants: Giesbrecht, Gerald (University of Calgary), Lebel, Catherine (University of Calgary), Tomfohr-Madsen, Lianne (University of Calgary)
  7. Experiences of the Social Organization of HIV-Related Public Health Risks
    UBC Co-applicant: Krüsi, Andrea (Medicine)
    Other Co-applicants: Daroya, Emerich (University of Toronto), French, Martin (Concordia University), Hastings, Colin (Concordia University)
    Collaborator: Owino, Maureen (York University)
  8. The Worker as Futurist: Cultivating the Radical Imagination with Amazon Employees through Speculative Fiction Writing
    Applicant: Haiven, Max (Lakehead University)
    UBC Collaborator: Webb, Graeme (School of Engineering)
    Other Collaborator: Olutola, Sarah (Lakehead University)
  9. Using Marketing Communications to Encourage Consumers to Participate in the Sharing Economy
    Applicant: Habib, Rishad (Toronto Metropolitan University - formerly Ryerson University)
    UBC Co-applicant: White, Katherine (Sauder School of Business)
    UBC Collaborator: Mookerjee, Sid (Sauder School of Business)
  10. Measuring Special Interest Group Influence on Regulations and Administrative Rulemaking
    Applicant: Hackinen, Bradley (Western University)
    UBC Collaborator: Carenini, Giuseppe (Computer Science)
    Other Collaborators: Bombardini, Matilde (University of California, Berkeley), Trebbi, Francesco (University of California, Berkeley)
  11. Gendering safe supply programs: Understanding women’s experiences of victimization, criminalization, and resistance
    Applicant: Rudzinski, Katherine (University of Windsor)
    UBC Co-applicant: Bungay, Victoria (School of Nursing)
    Other Co-applicants: Guta, Adrian (University of Windsor), Strike, Carol (University of Toronto), van der Meulen, Emily (Toronto Metropolitan University - formerly Ryerson University)
  12. Mapping Black Girl Geographies and Belonging in Canada
    Applicant: de Jesus, Desirée (York University)
    UBC Co-applicant: Webster, Crystal (History)
    Other Co-applicant: McPherson, Kisha—Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
    UBC Collaborator: Henry, Annette (Language and Literacy Education / Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice)
  13. The Effects of Coworkers’ Pro-environmental Behavior on Employees’ Positive and Negative Responses
    Applicant: Shao, Ruodan (York University)
    UBC Collaborator: Skarlicki, Daniel (Sauder School of Business)
  14. Co-Designing a Model for Culturally Inclusive Digital Parenting Resources for Racialized Families: Punjabi Kids’ Health
    Applicant: Minhas, Ripudaman (Unity Health Toronto)
    UBC Co-applicant: Mahal, Mandeep (Pediatrics)
    Other Co-applicants: Juando-Prats, Clara (St. Michael’s Hospital), Roschke, Kristy (Arizona State University), Salh, Gurpreet (BC Children’s Hospital), Yousafzai, Aisha(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
    Collaborators: Bhangu, Manvir, Khunkhun, Joesh
  15. Understanding End-Users’ Privacy Questions to Support Informational Self-Determination
    Applicant: Robillard, Martin (McGill University)
    UBC Co-applicant: Robillard, Julie (Medicine)
  16. L’évolution du fonctionnement des jeunes en situation de vulnérabilité dans le cadre de leur suivi au Garage à Musique, un centre spécialisé de pédiatrie sociale en communauté
    Applicant: Matte-Landry, Alexandra (Université Laval)
    Co-applicants: Collin-Vézina, Delphine (McGill University), Ouellet-Morin, Isabelle (Université de Montréal)
    UBC Collaborator: Diamond, Adele (Psychiatry)
    Other Collaborator:Trudel, Hélène (Sioui), Coiteux, Patrick

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This funding is part of an investment made by the Government of Canada of more than $1 billion in funding to support scientists, researchers and students that Minister Champagne announced today at the Canadian Science Policy Conference: Government of Canada announces major investments to support scientists, researchers and students.