UBC Okanagan has received over $1 million in federal grant funding across multiple disciplines from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The funding, awarded earlier this year, will support an array of social, cultural, economic, sustainability and arts-based research projects.
The UBC Okanagan award recipients (noted below) will address a range of questions, from what it means to be kind in middle school to the interdependence of creative and critical thinking in curriculum development.
Other research initiatives include: the role of social support systems, policies and practices for temporary migrant agricultural workers; engaging stakeholders to co-create sustainable rural communities in BC’s interior; how families living with autism spectrum disorders can engage in safe and active recreation; and how Indigenous performance art practice can contribute to decolonization.
The SSHRC supports approximately 8,300 research projects annually and announced over $100 million in funding through its Insight Development, Insight and Partnership Development grant funding in 2015-2016, with $1.088 million coming directly to UBC’s Okanagan campus.
“These grants will allow our researchers and students to carry out studies across a range of disciplines and we are very proud of our faculty’s success this year,” says Dr. Philip Barker, vice-principal of research at UBC’s Okanagan campus. “These awards are a strong acknowledgement of the breadth and depth of our research capabilities on the Okanagan campus and demonstrates that our research intensity continues to expand."
Fourteen UBC Okanagan researchers from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Management, and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences were awarded Insight Development, Insight and Partnership Development grants in support of research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.