UM researchers to study safe consumption sites, supply chains, fathers and much more
On June 16, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $175 million to support 809 social sciences and humanities research projects across Canada, including more than $2 million at the University of Manitoba.
Projects funded at UM will explore a range of topics, including equitable land policies, the moral foundations underpinning the different attitudes Manitobans have to supervised consumption services, supply chains in a de-globalized economy, the medical experiences of uninsured pregnant women in Manitoba’s hospitals, race-based violence and financial decision-making, if business theory and practice can enhance social and ecological sustainability by placing people and the planet before profit, infant’s language experiences across cultures, and many others.
As well, just in time for Father’s Day, a project led by Emily Cameron, an associate postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychology, will create Striving for Wellness in Fatherhood (SWell), an app-based, father-focused intervention to support men’s mental well-being and increase social connectedness for fathers of children age 0-3 years. It brings together the best practices in psychoeducation and parenting education for brief parenting and mental-wellness content through an interactive platform. The app uses a social connection forum to promote regular conversation with other fathers and weekly online group sessions led by facilitators to re-enforce skill acquisition, provide social support, and promote connection among fathers. This program builds on this team’s work that originally focused on mothers.
“The scholars recognized today work tirelessly alongside colleagues and community partners across the country to drive innovations in social sciences that impact us all,” says Digvir Jayas, UM vice-president (research and international), “It is my great pleasure to congratulate them and wish them well in their ongoing research journeys.”
This investment, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC’s) Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants, Insight Grants and Aid to Scholarly Journals grants, supports research, research partnerships, and knowledge mobilization across a multitude of issues of critical relevance to our society. Funding is provided to researchers, research teams and publications for projects of up to seven years.
“Now, more than ever, social sciences and humanities research plays an integral role as we navigate through the post-COVID-19 reality and continue to build a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada,” says Champagne. “These grants enable scholars to address complex issues about communities and societies, and to further our collective understanding so we can build a better future for all Canadians.”