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Ryerson brings in nearly $1 million in Partnership Development Grants

From left to right, the researchers are: Usha George, Kathleen Peets, Shelagh McCartney, Raktim Mitra and Frank Russo.

Ryerson researchers recently secured five different Partnership Development Grants totally nearly $1 million. From left to right, the researchers are: Usha George, Kathleen Peets, Shelagh McCartney, Raktim Mitra and Frank Russo.

Laying the groundwork for future collaborative projects, Ryerson researchers have secured nearly $1 million in Partnership Development Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Ryerson’s market share in this grant competition represents just over eight per cent of the funds allocated Canada-wide.

“The projects that garnered funding in this national competition demonstrate the depth and breadth of research at Ryerson University and its potential to impact on society,” said vice-president, research and innovation, Steven N. Liss. “We look forward to seeing the promising results of these partnerships and collaborative efforts.”

The awards were announced at the 2018 Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities in Saskatchewan. 

“SSHRC-funded scholars and researchers can provide guidance on important societal changes,” said Ted Hewitt, president SSHRC. “Through these projects, SSHRC is helping to develop talent and to connect Canadian and international researchers and partners across disciplines and sectors to support world-class research that provides critical insights on the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

The Ryerson recipients of this year’s grants include a cross-section of researchers working in diverse areas of expertise. 

The following projects have been funded: 

  • A Partnership Approach to Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Toronto and Mississauga: The Role of Social Capital. Professor Usha George (Social Work) will examine the differences in settlement needs between government sponsored refugees and privately sponsored refugees. 
  • Whose Metrics? Creating community-based indicators to reimagine First Nations housing systems. Professor Shelagh McCartney (Urban and Regional Planning) brings together partners in developing community-determined measures of success reflective of values, goals and aspirations for Indigenous communities and the lived experience of Indigenous housing occupants.
  • StudentMoveTO: From Insight to Action on Transportation for Post-secondary Students in the GTHA. Professor Raktim Mitra (Urban and Regional Planning) is building on understanding the travel behaviour of post-secondary students with the aim of improving their mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  
  • Cross-cultural Play-Based Learning. Professor Kathleen Peets (Early Childhood Studies) is examining how to incorporate play-based learning in a culturally appropriate and reflective manner in Nigeria, by working with that country’s teachers and parents. 
  • Understanding group singing in older adults from a psychosocial perspective. Professor Frank Russo (Psychology) is studying how choir singing can support well-being for older adults in order to pinpoint its socio-biological benefits. 

The Partnership Development Grants help establish or enhance partnerships between one or more academic institutions and/or non-academic partners, in order to foster interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for the co-creation of knowledge and understanding, establish networks and build capacity for knowledge mobilization. 



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