Trending this Week
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Here are this week’s top trending topics:
Sibylle Artz, of the University of Victoria, focuses on aggression, violence and family homelessness, as well as girls' use of violence. Her current research is looking at the cost of violence and ways to improve violence-prevention, crime-prevention, and safety for children and families.
Lynda Ashbourne, of the department of family relations and applied nutrition at the University of Guelph, is a couple and family therapist whose research interests are focused on the co-construction of meaning within family relationships, particularly those between parents and adolescents, in both immigrant and non-immigrant Canadian families. Her most recent SSHRC-funded project is investigating the use of storytelling in immigrant families during adolescence and its influence on family relationships.
Roderic Beaujot, of Western University, has researched family and work, especially the earning and caring activities as seen in the division of paid and unpaid work, and how these form a basis to interpret childbearing behaviour.
Rachel Birnbaum, of King’s College at Western University, studies children and families and the intersection between law and social work during separation and/or divorce, specifically focusing on high-conflict families and issues of child custody and access. Her interdisciplinary research is collaborative with colleagues in law, medicine, psychology and social work. Her SSHRC-funded project—in collaboration with Nicholas Bala of the faculty of law at Queen’s University—is examining pathways to effective intervention in post-separation families.
Andrea Doucet, Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care at Brock University, is studying gender differences and inequalities in paid and unpaid work across three generations. Her research focuses on families that are challenging traditional gender norms of work and care—such as primary caregiving fathers and primary breadwinning mothers—and the lessons that emerge from these families, aiming to lead to policies and community programs that assist Canadian families with work-life issues.
Anne H.Gauthier, of the University of Alberta, is examining family functioning and parenting, particularly middle-class families in Canada and the United States and their parental investment in children.
Allison Johnson, of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, is investigating the effects of consumerism and hyper-choice situations. Specifically, she looks at the decision-making effects on being chronically immersed in consumer situations.
Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University, is examining the role that the American state and corporations have played—and are playing—in the global economy. Through his research he hopes to further understand the evolving relationship between finance, production and empire in globalization.
Mark Thomas, of York University, is researching the link between labour standards and human rights in the context of global networks and emerging approaches to transnational labour rights regulation.
Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, explores outstanding questions regarding Internet and e-commerce jurisdiction, and Internet governance.
Susan O’Donnell, adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick, studies communication technologies and remote and rural First Nations communities.
Darin Barney, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship at McGill University, is investigating the relationship between technology and citizenship.
Mia Consalvo, Canada Research Chair in Games Studies and Design at Concordia University, is refining methods and developing best practices for the study of digital game players and game design.
P.L. Josephine Smart, professor at the University of Calgary, is working on a comparative study of the political economy of farming policies in Canada and China.
Christopher R. Bryant, professor at the Université de Montréal, observed the adaptation and vulnerability of agriculture and communities to climate change and variability and studies the co-construction of local and regional actions and policies.
Ian Mauro, Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change at Mount Allison University, is documenting and communicating farmers’, fishers’ and hunters’ views and knowledge about environmental change.
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