July 13, 2020
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded Insight Grants to seven Wilfrid Laurier University faculty members. The winners will cumulatively receive nearly one million dollars in research funding.
“We are proud of Laurier’s SSHRC Insight Grant winners, whose diverse research ranges from studies on trade policy and industry adjustment to the search for meaning among older women,” said Jonathan Newman, vice-president: research at Laurier. “Insight Grants support research excellence in social sciences and humanities, an area of exceptional strength at Laurier.”
Kathy Absolon-King, associate professor and director of the Laurier Centre for Indigegogy, will receive $213,080 for her study “Decolonizing journeys: Learning about decolonizing through Indigenous research and digital story work.” Absolon-King will use video narratives to document the stories of graduates from Laurier’s Decolonizing Education certificate program, which helps educators understand colonization and its impacts, and to integrate those perspectives into their teaching.
“We are documenting a journey that not many people have had the courage to go on,” says Absolon-King. “We are going to take a closer look at where the turning points are, when the ‘a-ha’ moments occur and what causes those transformative moments. Our learnings will inform future modules and deepen our training.”
Laurier’s other successful Insight Grant applicants include:
Their research is also supported by the federal government’s Research Support Fund.
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