School of Criminology
The Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) is undertaking several projects that look at providing general crime pattern identification and crime reduction decision-making support. Strategic projects are primarily at the municipality level, and look to understanding changes in crime patterns in support of ongoing crime reduction and prevention programs already undertaken by local police departments or detachments. Studies include: alcohol and drug use and crime; crime attractors and crime generators; crime and land use; and patterns of prolific offending.
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Department of English
Dr. Michelle Levy investigates the material practices that defined literary production and dissemination in the Romantic period, and she is particularly interested in the history of women’s writing and the interplay between the cultures of manuscript and print. She is currently working on a new book, Unprinted: Manuscript Culture and Social Media in the Romantic Age, which investigates the widespread circulation of unprinted literary works in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, providing the first comprehensive account of manuscript culture from 1770 through 1850.
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Department of Humanities
Dr. Emily O'Brien works on the Italian Renaissance, with a particular focus on fifteenth-century Italian humanism and the Renaissance papacy. Her work to date focuses on the extensive writings of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II, 1458-64). She is currently completing a book on his autobiography and a Latin-English edition of his and other humanists’ novelle. A new research project focuses on Renaissance Italian historical epics.
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Department of Linguistics
Dr. Chung-hye Han works on syntax, semantics and their interface, syntax and semantics of Korean, and linguistic applications of Tree Adjoining Grammars. One current project, supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) seeks to develop a wide-coverage synchronous formal grammar for syntax-semantics mapping in natural language which can facilitate many Natural Language Processing applications that make use of computational semantics such as natural language interfaces to database queries, dialog systems, question/answering and summarization.
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Department of Political Science
Dr. Genevieve Fuji Johnson works on contemporary Anglo-American political theory, feminist social and political thought, ancient Greek political thought, and a range of current public policy issues. She currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant to study the implementation of prostitution laws and the governance of sex work in Canadian cities. She is also part of a research network led by John Gastil and Katherine Knobloch that examines Citizens Initiative Review processes in the U.S..
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Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Dr. Barbara Mitchell's work focuses on families and aging; youth transitions into adulthood; intergenerational relations; and social policy issues. With funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one current project examines interrelationships and diversity between two increasingly interlocking transitional events: the "launching" of young adult children to adulthood and parental transitions to retirement.
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Department of Economics
Dr. Greg Dow works on economic prehistory, labor-managed firms, microeconomic theory, and institutions. His work on economic prehistory includes a multi-year project with Clyde Reed funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) examining hunter-gatherer societies, the transition to agriculture, kinship systems, the origins of warfare, and related topics that combine data from archaeology and anthropology with verbal economic logic and formal modeling.
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Department of History
Dr. Luke Clossey's research interests encompass early-modern world history, with a focus on religion, globalization, and mathematics. He is currently finishing a project comparing ideas of universal empire among the Spanish, Mughal, Qing, and Burmese empires, and he is also developing a global history of understandings of Jesus, from Kamal Al-Din Al-Damiri to Thomas Jefferson. The project traces ideas and images of Jesus around the globe, with an eye to better understanding the meaning and implications of both globalization and modernization.
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School for International Studies
The Human Security Report Project (HSRP) tracks global and regional trends in organized violence, their causes and consequences. Human security is the combination of threats associated with war, genocide, and the displacement of populations; unlike traditional concepts of security, which focus on defending borders from external military threats, human security is concerned with the security of individuals. Research findings and analyses are published in the Human Security Report, Human Security Brief series, and the miniAtlas of Human Security.
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Department of Philosophy
Dr. Holly Andersen works in the philosophy of science, and in metaphysics and epistemology. Much of her work relates to causation, and she is currently working on a project called "Causation in Complex Systems," which will culminate in a full metaphysical account of causation that encompasses both process-oriented and counterfactual-oriented accounts of causation.
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Department of Psychology
Dr. Alexander Chapman conducts research on borderline personality disorder, self-harm, impulsivity, and on difficulties that people have in regulating their emotions. His current research includes projects on how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm, how different ways of managing emotions may help people cope in their daily lives, and the relationship between people's personality characteristics, social experiences, and coping styles.
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Urban Studies Program
Dr. Peter V. Hall's work bridges the disciplines of geography, planning and economics, often combining quantitative and qualitative social research methods. He is especially interested in the role of the local public sector in shaping the geography of economic activity and opportunity, with a focus on port cities, seaports and logistics. A current research project "Global Gateway, Local Benefit?" supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) focuses on the implications of the Asia-Pacific Gateway for the Vancouver metropolitan region.
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