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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:



National Autism Awareness Month


Jacob Burack, of the department of educational and counselling psychology at McGill University, is researching the development of attention and cognition among children and adolescents with autism, Asperger syndrome and Down syndrome.

Carmen Dionne is Canada Research Chair on Early Intervention at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She is developing practices to promote the greater inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities. Her research will help caregivers detect learning disabilities in children at an earlier stage, as well as develop appropriate intervention strategies.

David Nicholas, associate professor in the faculty of social work at the University of Calgary, has studied the lived experiences of mothers of children with autism. His research focuses on quality of life, social support, parenting, the use of advanced technology in fostering support and knowledge translation and mobilization.

Richard Stock is completing his doctoral thesis in special education at The University of British Columbia on a comparison of behavioral intervention programs for autism.


Earth Day 2014: Green Cities (April 22)


Ann Dale is Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development at Royal Roads University, where she is helping build online models of community engagement and learning around critical sustainable development issues that affect the long-term health and viability of communities. Her research will look for new ways to harmonize aspects of civic life and participation without undermining the environment or the economy.

Barry Smit is a retired geography professor (emeritus status pending) at the University of Guelph and is the former Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change. Smit has been studying climate change since 1980 and has been a leader in developing the science and practice of adaptation to environmental change. His concepts are widely used by researchers, governments and development organizations across Canada and around the world. In 2013, Smit was awarded SSHRC’s highest research honour, the Gold Medal.

Jill Wigle is assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental studies at Carleton University. Her research is focused on urban sustainability and planning in Ottawa and Mexico City, as well as and the environmental and social dimensions of urbanization in Latin America. Currently, she is researching the governance of Mexico City’s largest remaining green space.


Identity Security and Surveillance


Benoît Dupont is Canada Research Chair in Security, Identity and Technology at the Université de Montréal, where he examines how our identities are under threat because of our dependence on technology. He also examines the ways in which our identities and personal information are being dispersed and secured in contemporary societies.

Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet Law and E-Commerce at the University of Ottawa, is studying digital privacy, as well as copyright, communications and the digital economy. He is examining whether Canada’s current digital economy legal frameworks can adequately foster public confidence by addressing next-generation Internet and technology issues.

Sean Hier in the department of sociology at the University of Victoria is focusing on public video surveillance. His SSHRC-funded research investigates how Canadian cities implement video surveillance monitoring systems designed to survey city streets.



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Media Relations Adviser
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Communications Adviser
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