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Are you looking for an expert to provide insight on a current event or issue? SSHRC funds the top research talent in the social sciences and humanities whose work is shedding light on pressing societal changes, such as the aging population, safety and security, youth, immigration, culture, education, the economy and more.

Here are this week’s top trending topics:



Russia, Ukraine and Flight MH17


Aurélie Campana is Canada Research Chair in Conflicts and Terrorism at the Université Laval. Through her research, Campana analyzes why certain groups resort to terrorism to achieve their ends, and seeks to understand why some social conflicts can lead to violence.

Juliet Johnson is an associate professor of political science at McGill University. Her research areas include Russian and Eastern European politics, comparative politics, post-Communist identity politics, and international political economy.

Joan DeBardeleben is Carleton University’s Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and holds the university’s Jean Monnet Chair in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood Relations. Her research focuses on politics and society in the Soviet successor states.


Human Trafficking


Randall Hansen is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Governance at the University of Toronto. His research program is focused on the integration of migrants in Europe and North America, as well as on immigration, globalization and the state. He is also studying asylum and its alternatives, human trafficking, and immigration and security.

Julie Kaye is director of community-engaged research, and an assistant professor of sociology, at King’s University. Her research examines representations of human trafficking in Canada, and antitrafficking responses.

Natalya Timoshkina is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, Lakehead University-Orillia. Her main research interests include human trafficking, sex work, gender issues, internationalism, and organizational studies. She is a co-author of several empirical studies on human trafficking, and has presented and consulted extensively on this subject.


The Gaza Strip and the Middle East


David Carment is a professor of international affairs at Carleton University, and Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. His expertise is in conflict analysis, mediation, international organization, negotiation, and policy analysis. His research interests include the international dimensions of ethnic conflict, peacekeeping, conflict prevention and Canadian foreign policy analysis.

Karyn Ball is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and a past recipient of a SSHRC Standard Research Grant to examine resurgent instincts and rationalized aggression in debates about the Middle East.

Renée Worringer is an associate professor at the University of Guelph’s Department of History. She is an expert in Islamic and Middle Eastern history, and was the recipient of a SSHRC Connection Grant in the area of Middle East transitions and challenges.



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