Three York U researchers awarded SSHRC Connection Grants

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Three York University professors have been awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grants, each worth approximately $25,000.

The recipients are Professor Roger Keil, Faculty of Environmental Studies and Tier 1 York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies; Professor Carolyn Podruchny, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; and Professor Poonam Puri, Osgoode Hall Law School.

“York University is delighted with the success of our researchers in a competition whose aim is to create vital connections among researchers in exciting and important areas of research,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation at York University.

“I want to congratulate today’s award recipients of the Connection Grants − Professors Roger Keil, Carolyn Podruchny and Poonam Puri − and wish them every success as they move forward with their research projects,” added Haché.

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Event details

Roger Keil – After Suburbia: Extended Urbanization and Life on the Planet’s Periphery

Roger Keil
Roger Keil

Scheduled for October 19 to 21, this is the final conference of a series marking seven years of suburban scholarship. It is part of the multiyear project, the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) Global Suburbanism: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century.

This conference will bring together four categories of participants:

  • Leading scholars of suburbanization and suburbanisms with a global profile – the keynote presenters;
    • International scholars associated with MCRI;
    • Toronto-based urban policy and planning professionals and practitioners; and
    • Graduate students who will present their own work in a pre-conference.

Carolyn Podruchny – Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) 2017

Carolyn Podruchny
Carolyn Podruchny

Running from August 14 to 18, the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) will bring together 29 participants. Professors, graduate students, Elders and local experts will explore how places can be used as sources for the Anishinaabe history of Manitoulin Island, located in northern Lake Huron in Ontario.

MISHI 2017 has two goals. First, participants will study Anishinaabe history on Manitoulin Island and its surrounding environs. Second, participants will work for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) on organizing, digitizing and transcribing parts of the OCF oral history collection with the long-term goal of publishing an anthology; recording interviews with local Elders; and creating teaching modules of Anishinaabe history.

Poonam Puri – Towards New Governance Strategies for Preventing Corruption: Law, Theory, and Practice

Poonam Puri
Poonam Puri

This conference, dubbed the “Anti-Corruption Symposium,” will be held in Toronto from September 14 to 15.  It is organized by Osgoode Hall Law School together with Canadian, American and international partner institutions including Ryerson University, the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Jindal Global Law School of OP Jindal Global University, and The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

The symposium’s goal is to facilitate collaborative analysis of a variety of cross-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary methods for advancing formal anti-corruption laws and norms that would advance and entrench the formation of informal anti-corruption norms and values. For details, visit the website.

To learn more about Connection Grants, visit the SSHRC website.