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Concordians receive $3M in federal funding for social sciences and humanities research

From speech technology to the ‘Netflix effect,’ 69 faculty members, grad students and postdocs tackle a range of topics
February 1, 2019
Colin Crawford, master’s student in film studies, received funding for his Netflix and the New Geographies of Internet Television project.

Sixty-nine Concordia researchers have been awarded a combined $3,091,031 over two years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for new investigations in the social sciences and humanities.

Fourteen researchers from the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Arts and Science and the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) received grants through the Insight Development program, while 55 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows were successful in Talent funding competitions.

“These outstanding funding successes underscore the university’s strength in social sciences and humanities research,” says Christophe Guy, Concordia’s vice-president of Research and Graduate Studies.

“In obtaining critical international social sciences and humanities scholarship, our faculty and students are being primed to lead the next generation. I am exceedingly proud of how our institution has become a leader in the development of highly qualified individuals in these key areas.”

Although the researchers were funded in Spring 2018, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, made the public announcement this week.

The Insight Development grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and ideas. Funded Concordia projects include a study by Joel Bothello, professor in the Department of Management, of organizational resilience in informal markets and an exploration by Huan Xie, professor in the Department of Economics, of motivations and mechanisms in public goods provision.

The Talent grants mobilize social sciences and humanities knowledge that has the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact. Recipients include Colin Crawford, master’s student in film studies, for his Netflix and the New Geographies of Internet Television project, and Jennica Grimshaw, PhD student in education, for her look at supplementing foreign language classroom learning with speech technology. Grimshaw's recent research into the role of video games in learning English as a second language was recently published in the journal Language Learning & Technology.

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