York awarded $2.9 million for human sciences research

York University researchers have received a total of $2.9 million for 34 projects from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The projects range from investor behaviour in the stock market and adolescent romance to issues of police accountability and Holocaust memories.

Some $73 million in funding for social sciences and humanities research will be given to universities across Canada, Industry Minister Allan Rock announced.

Stan Shapson, York University vice-president, research and innovation, welcomed the funding and noted the importance to the public of human sciences research. “We are committed to ensuring the benefits of our research support better public policy and community activity at the grassroots level.”

Two York projects received a total of $368,208 under the SSHRC Initiative on the New Economy — one on stagflation, involving political science Professor Jonathan Nitzan, and another on immigrants in the global economy, involving sociology Professor Luin Goldring, both of the Faculty of Arts.

Thirty-two projects received a total of $2.6 million in standard research grants. For a list of the York projects, see the York University media release at www.yorku.ca/ycom/release/archive/042903.htm. For a complete list of awards organized by theme and province, visit the SSHRC Web site at www.sshrc.ca.