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Research Programs

The PhD Research Projects document is a list of faculty-lead research programs at Ted Rogers School of Management. These projects have paid opportunities for PhD Candidates. Review the list and if any projects fit your background and research interests, feel free to reach out to the faculty members as per the application instruction guidelines.

In your communications, please indicate that you are a PhD in Management prospect. If you receive a positive response from the project supervisor, then it should be indicated in your Statement of Intent for the PhD in Management program. In most cases, the faculty may also serve as a potential PhD Supervisor.

Anatoliy Gruzd and Jenna Jacobson
Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd and Dr. Jenna Jacobson

Studying Anti-Social Behaviour in Social Media

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd and Dr. Jenna Jacobson

Position: PhD Candidate

Duration: 1 year - Research Assistantship

Start date: September 1, 2021 (1 Year)

Program Description:

While often celebrated as the 'new normal' of contemporary life, social media has also given way to worrisome online anti-social behaviours that have very real consequences and demand substantive responses from scholars, industry, and governing bodies. Nearly 60% of Canadians (18 years old and older) have encountered hate speech, racist or sexist content online at least once a month (Ryerson Leadership Lab, 2019), and one in every five young Canadians have experienced cyberbullying or cyberstalking (Statistics Canada, 2016).

In recognizing the exponential rise of online anti-social behaviour (often manifested in online trolling, cyberbullying, and expressions of hate speech), this initiative will provide a comprehensive evidence-based investigation of the types of abusive content individuals and businesses experience online, and the types of social media accounts/users that are engaged in generating and propagating such content. Based on a nationwide survey and empirical investigation across popular social media platforms, the objective of this research is to help explain anti-social acts occurring on social media in the Canadian context, develop and validate a theoretical framework and agent-based simulation models, and propose solutions to mitigate anti-social behaviours in online communities.

Application instructions

Candidates should submit the following materials electronically to  

  1. Cover Letter that describes your relevant background and skills, range of interests and career goals;
  2. Academic CV;
  3. Publication/writing sample (academic).

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration

First ever CERC awarded to Ryerson University

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration is the first ever CERC awarded to Ryerson University, building on the university’s strengths and commitments in the area of immigration and settlement studies.

CERC Migration, led by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, is producing innovative and usable knowledge on the links between migration and post-migration processes, forced and voluntary mobility, internal and international migration, and the role of countries of origin and transit. The Canada Excellence Research Chair offers stipends to full time MA and PhD students who are studying at Ryerson University on a migration and/or migrant integration-related topic.

Funding Amount:
PhD: up to $25,000 per year, renewable for a total of four years, subject to an annual review of the student’s progress. Available to first year PhD students entering a Ryerson PhD program.

Learn more about the PDF filefunding opportunity for Ryerson graduate students in the field of Migration, opens in new window.

New deadline: February 1, 2021