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SFU collaborates in newly funded research partnerships

August 28, 2014
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Contact:
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035, cthorbes@sfu.ca
Stuart Colcleugh, VP Research office, 604.986.1953, colcleugh@sfu.ca

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Simon Fraser University researchers are key players in six of the 14 multi-institutional research projects receiving roughly $34.5 million in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant funding announced yesterday.

Yesterday’s announcement by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, also included about $10 million in support for 57 new Partnership Development Grant initiatives, two of which are led by SFU researchers.

Partnership Grants, valued at $2.5 million, support formal research partnerships over four to seven years. SFU researchers are involved in the following newly announced Partnership Grants:

  • Landscapes of Injustice SFU librarian Brian Owen and geography professor Nicholas Blomley are co-applicants in this seven-year project to explore and chronicle the government seizure and liquidation of Japanese-Canadian property during and after World War Two. Historian Andrea Geiger is also a collaborator in the University of Victoria-led collaboration.
  • Adapting Canadian Work And Workplaces To Respond To Climate Change Health sciences associate professor John Calvert is a co-applicant in this seven-year international collaboration to help transition Canada to a lower-carbon economy by adapting workplaces and work to the mitigate greenhouse gases in key Canadian industries. York University leads the initiative.
  • Rural Policy Learning Commons Faculty of Environment associate dean Sean Markey is a co-applicant in this seven-year Brandon University-led international initiative to help rural communities develop new, sustainable development strategies.
  • OceanCanada SFU maritime anthropologist Evelyn Pinkerton is a co-applicant in this six-year University of British Columbia-led collaboration exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s oceans and the coastal communities that depend on them, including Aboriginal communities.
  • Creating Digital Opportunity: Canada's ICT Industry In Global Perspective Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) associate director, Adam Holbrook, is a co-applicant in this six-year University of Toronto-led initiative. The project will examine the role of information technology industries in the global economy and how Canada can best respond to the challenges presented by emerging opportunities. CPROST research fellow Brian Wixted is also a collaborator.
  • Enhancing Community Participation In Canadians With Physical Disabilities – Gerontology professor Habib Chaudhury is a co-applicant in this seven-year McMaster University-led project to develop, mobilize and evaluate theory- and evidence-based strategies to enhance community participation among disabled Canadians.

School of Public Policy director, Nancy Olewiler, is also serving as a collaborator on a six-year McGill University-led initiative to create an international research network to develop a new understanding of human-Earth relationships in the anthropocene (human era) grounded in contemporary science.

Two SFU researchers have received Partnership Development Grants valued at close to $200,000 each:

  • Hul'q'umi'num' voices: reclaiming the language of canoe culture Linguistics professor Donna Gerdts leads this three-year research project with Royal Roads and University of Victoria researchers to help revive the Coast Salish Hul'q'umi'num' language. Project partners include the Coast Salish Employment & Training Society and the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives.
  • Digitizing the wisdom of our elders: from digital storytelling to life learning Education professor David Kaufman leads this two-year project in collaboration with SFU gerontology professor Andrew Sixsmith. Partners include the Burnaby Village Museum, the Port Moody Public Library and Port Moody Station Museum, and Judith Marcuse Projects. Judith Marcuse is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education and leads a Partnership Grant awarded last year on Art for Social Change.

Other Partnership Development Grants in which SFU is a co-applicant include:

  • Historical ecology of the Galapagos Islands Associate archaeology professor Ross Jamieson, co-applicant with Universidad San Francisco de Quito on the University of Victoria-led project.
  • Linking natural capital and productivity: a strategy to improve Canada's economic and environmental performance Public policy professor Nancy Olewiler is a co-applicant on this University of Ottawa-led project.
  • Accelerating digital technology adoption in Canadian companies Beedie Business professors Blaize Reich, Dianne Cyr and Ian McCarthy are co-applicants on this Ryerson University-led project.

“SFU has an excellent record of collaboration to advance research,” says Mario Pinto, SFU’s Vice-President, Research. “Participation in these projects will further reinforce SFU’s contributions to knowledge in these areas and exploit synergies to make societal impacts.”

Complete lists of the funded projects are available from the SSHRC website, at: http://at.sfu.ca/KHnYGx.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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