June 16, 2021Print | PDF
The federal government announced nearly $4.8 million in new grant funding for Wilfrid Laurier University researchers. Seventeen Laurier faculty members working in a broad range of areas, including religion and culture, business technology management and chemistry, received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, made the funding announcement on June 15 at a livestreamed event.
“We are proud to continue investing in, and celebrating, the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of Canada’s research ecosystem,” says Champagne. “It is inspiring to see the ingenuity and dedication Canadian researchers embrace in exploring big ideas that will fuel the discoveries and innovations of tomorrow to make our world a better place and create prosperity for Canadians.”
Among the Laurier recipients is Professor Jonathan Crush, who was awarded a seven-year, $2.5-million SSHRC Partnership Grant for a collaborative international project called MiFood.
Migration within the Global South now exceeds movement from North to South, and migrants and their dependents make up a significant proportion of the estimated two billion people globally who are moderately or severely food insecure. Crush and his partners aim to determine whether migration is a response to food insecurity, whether migration leads to better food security for migrant populations, and if not, what evidence-based interventions might help mitigate migrant food insecurity.
MiFood will be implemented by the Hungry Cities Partnership at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, an international network of cities and organizations which focuses on building sustainable cities and urban food systems in the Global South. As director of the partnership, Crush collaborates with twelve countries across the Global South including South Africa, China, Ecuador, Ghana and India, as well as several international organizations including the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration and the International Food Policy Research Institute.
The wide range of successful Laurier researchers and partnerships, listed below, exemplifies the interdisciplinary strengths and community collaboration within the university’s research program.
Partnership Development Grants