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Duman Bahrami-Rad: SSHRC Storyteller Finalist

April 11, 2016
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Duman Bahrami-Rad, a PhD student in Economics, has been selected as a Top 25 Finalist in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storyteller competition. His project on kinship, fractionalization, and corruption was supported by a SSHRC grant.

As a finalist for the SSHRC Storyteller competition, Duman has shown that research can be useful and interesting for everyday Canadians. His research offers new insights on the relationship between kinship networks and corruption.

"Making the SSHRC Storytellers contest video was challenging, but also incredibly rewarding," Duman says. "I know that learning how to effectively explain complex ideas is an invaluable skill, and the competition was a great way to pick up more of those skills."

This isn't the first time Duman has been recognized for his hard work within the Department of Economics. Last year, Duman was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his ability to inspire students.

Now Duman is hoping that his research will inspire Canadians to look closer at global issues, leading to more effective policies on poverty, corruption and conflict in developing countries.

Duman says, "Being in the top 25 means a lot to me; not only for the recognition, but also because it shows that current global issues are important to the Canadian research community."

Special Thanks from Duman Bahrami-Rad to:

  • Dr. Greg Dow (Senior Supervisor) for cultivating my ability to think critically about economic research and ideas
  • Dr. Erik Kimbrough (Supervisor) for teaching me a lot while working on this joint project
  • Dr. Simon Woodcock (Graduate Chair of Economics) for his continuing support and encouragement

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