Faculty Grant Holders

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Paul Anisef
Title:  "The Class of '73:  A 46 Year Longitudinal Follow-Up Study"
Funded By:  SSHRC Insight Grant
Amount:  $378,020
Period:  2017-2020

This 46 year follow-up  comprises the longest longitudinal study of late baby boomers in Canada, advancing knowledge of how life choices are impacted by such factors as changing social and economic context, structural categories and personal agency. The study returns to an Ontario cohort of late baby boomers who were part of the high school graduating "Class of '73". Now either in the early stages or on the cusp of retirement, this cohort has lived through a period of unprecedented economic and social change and offers us an opportunity to explore their education, work and life pathways and compare them with those of similar cohorts in other countries. The original cohort, made up of 2,555 Grade 12 students from 97 Ontario high schools, was first contacted in 1972 by the PI as part of a short-term study of educational plans. Over time, five follow-ups were conducted with the same cohort, with the last follow up (Phase VI) in winter 1994. At that time, they were 40-42 years of age, in mid-life and mid-career, often married and raising children. The cohort is now 62-64, approaching the typical age of retirement. Their children are experiencing many of the educational, work and life course pathways previously reported by their parents, albeit in a very different social and economic context. The research team, consisting of members involved in previous phases and new members who bring fresh expertise and perspective, will return to the Class of '73 as they enter the next life stage and ask them to reflect on their education and work, the achievements of their children and their plans and concerns around retirement.

The research questions that drive our project explore socio-demographic, structural, and historical factors and personal agency and their influence on education, work, family life, and retirement. Our theoretical framework is based in the life course approach that understands education and work as part of a life-long dynamic contingent on multiple and combined categories that, along with personal agency, help shape social identities. These categories include gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. Through the use of an intersectional perspective, we will examine how these categories combine and operate together to shape life outcomes.

Our methodological approach combines survey questionnaires and one-on-one interviews to provide a total picture of the cohort's life course pathways. Surveys will be mailed to all traced participants from Phase VI in 1994 (N=1100). The survey instrument will draw from items in our previous surveys, a literature review, and similar surveys from longitudinal studies in other countries. We will also conduct individual interviews with 50 respondents based on a sample that reflects the diversity of survey participants and their different life course pathways. These interviews will bring qualitative detail to patterns and exceptions established by the survey data, combining to form a rich portrait of the Class of '73.

The project offers a unique opportunity to assess life course trajectories and compare these with similarly aged cohorts in the US and UK for which public-use data are available. We aim to develop a body of evidence around the education, training, labour market experiences, and retirement concerns of late boomers in Ontario and contribute to local and cross-national discussions around education/work transitions, and the intersectional experiences of this generation. In addition to contributing to national academic and public discourse on the retirement experiences of late boomers through academic and media channels, we will provide training to graduate students in longitudinal data analysis through workshops.

Pat Armstrong
Title:  "Changing Places:  Paid and Unpaid Work in Public Places"
Funded By:  SSHRC Insight Grant
Amount:  $197,039
Period:

Please contact Professor Armstrong for more information about this grant.

Kean Birch (co-applicant)
Title:  "The Changing Landscape of Academic Journal Publishing and its Impact on Interdisciplinary Social Science Fields:  The Case of Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Funded By:  SSHRC Insight Grant
Amount:  $64,270
Period:

Please contact Professor Birch for more information about this grant.

Sheila Cavanagh
Title:  "Transgender and Performance Ethnography"
Funded By: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
Amount:  $187,000
Period:  2016-2019

This SSHRC funded project focuses on transgender (trans) and gender variant experiences of embodiment. The objective of the study is to feature phenomenologically significant experiences of embodiment to counter normalizing representations of trans subjects in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and in other mental health professions. Up to 40 interviews with trans and gender variant participants will be used to compose a script for theatrical production at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The research will excavate diverse and multifaceted experiences of trans embodiment and, ultimately, contribute to trans studies, gender theory and to trans positive feminist studies.

Gordon Darroch
Title:  "Lives in Motion and Space"
Funded By:  SSHRC
Amount:  $79,447
Period:  2017-2022

This project employs rare historical census data, tracing individuals and families across the confederation decade in Central Ontario (1861-71), asking the key questions about their migration across the region -how much migration and where, who migrated , why migrate, and with what consequences. In addition to socio-demographic analysis, we enlist Geographic Information Systems for mapping the complex migration patterns of various groups, trying to address these questions.

Deborah Davidson (co-applicant)
Title:  Arts-based Participatory Research Approach:  Potential For Exploring Asian-Canadian Youth Identities Through an Intersectionality Lens
Amount:  $47,971
Period:

Please contact Professor Davidson for more information on this grant.

Luin Goldring
Title:  New and Old Fault Lines in the Canadian Labour Market:  The Temporal and Institutional Dynamics of Citizenship, Legal Status and Work
Funded By:  SSHRC
Amount:  $374,423
Period:  2015-2020
Andil Gosine
Title: "Visual Arts After Indenture, 1917/2017"
Funded By: SSHRC
Amount: $165,899
Period: 2015-2019

A consideration of the aftermath of indentureship, the system that brought Indian labourers and others to the Caribbean as replacement for slave labour in the 19th century. This project considers the legacy of indentureship through the compilation, interrogation and production of art produced by descendants of Indenture.

Ann Kim, Guida Man and others
Title:  "Developing a Comprehensive Understanding of Elder Abuse Prevention in Immigrant Communities"
Funded By: SSHRC Insight Grant
Amount: $233,053
Period: 2016-2021

This study aims to identify the key factors that contribute to the abuse of older immigrants and to determine culturally relevant and acceptable strategies to address risk factors.

Christopher Kyriakides
Title:  "Racialized Reception Contexts"
Funded By: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair
Amount:  $500,000
Period:  2016-2021

Christopher Kyriakides' “Racialized Reception Contexts” research program focuses on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of East/West, South/North, and the articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East. His research is guided by the understanding that racialization, particularly in light of the post-9/11 “war on terror,” works with the historical conditions of racism specific to a given national formation but in a dynamic global context. The six-country analysis of Canada, the United States, Italy, Greece, Norway and Jordan, examines the extent to which policy instruments and media discourse related to the global refugee crisis negatively impact racialized communities in each reception context.

Carla Lipsig-Mumme
Title: "Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change:  Canada in International Perspective"
Funded by: SSHRC and community partners
Amount: $2,500,000
Period: 2014-2021

This project examines the role of work and unions in the struggle to slow global warming. It includes a component of green training for union reps, union trainers, union negotiators and union leaders, and adaptation projects in unionised workplaces.

Carla Lipsig-Mumme
Title: "Work in a Warming World"
Funded by: SSHRC
Amount:  $1,000,000
Period: 2014-2020

Please contact Professor Lipsig-Mumme for further information about this grant.

Carla Lipsig-Mumme
Funded by:  SSHRC Impact Award
Amount:  $50,000
Period: 2019 -

Please contact Professor Lipsig-Mumme for further information about this grant.

Carla Lipsig-Mumme
Title:  W.A.G.E.
Amount:  $1,000,000 kronors
Funded by:  Norwegian Government
Period:  2018-2024

Please contact Professor Lipsig-Mumme for further information about this grant.

Nancy Mandell, Co-investigator
Title: "Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada:  Discovering Strengths and Building Capacity"
Funded By: SSHRC Partnership Grant
Amount: $2,000,000
Period: 2016-2023

This is a SSHRC funded Partnership Grant comparing resilience among migrants settling in two of Canada’s major immigration gateways – Toronto and Montreal – as well as large and small municipalities in Ontario and Quebec, and central and suburban locations in Toronto. One of the goals of the study is to look at how to improve settlement outcomes and to enhance well-being in the face of economic, political, social and cultural challenges. The project was developed in collaboration with CERIS, Ontario’s leading migration studies network, and includes 18 partners from Canadian universities, community-based NGOs, and municipal, provincial and federal government departments and agencies.

Nancy Mandell, Co-investigator
Title: "Immigrant Women, Youth and Seniors: A Research and Knowledge Mobilization Project on the Settlement Outcomes-Services Nexus"
Funded By: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Amount: $446,084.00
Period: 2017-2020

This project examines structural, cultural and community factors shaping settlement outcomes for immigrants through the life course. The project involves academics and community groups in Toronto and Ottawa.

Hyun Ok Park
Title: "Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies"
Funded By:  Academy of Korean  Studies
Amount:  $1,1000,000
Period:  2018-2023

This grant will establish a Korean studies institute and program at York to make York as the leader of expanding Korean studies in eastern Canada (and the US); and make Korean studies at York as the place where social sciences, humanities, and other area studies programs discuss theoretical ideas, methodologies, and historical and current issues.

Anna Pratt
Title: "Re-crafting Canada-U.S. Maritime Border Control:  Shiprider, Jurisdiction and Contested Sovereignties"
Funded By: SSHRC
Amount: $101,747
Period: 2016-2019

Please contact Professor Pratt for more information on this grant.

Mark Thomas, co-investigator
Title: "Spaces of Labour in Moments of Urban Populism
Funded By:  SSHRC Insight Grant
Amount: $196,406
Period: 2016-2021

This project explores the links between the rise of populism and the politics of austerity through case studies based in four North America cities: Toronto, Quebec City, New York City, and Seattle. Set against the on-going crisis of workers’ movements, the project also examines the implications of both left- and right-wing populism for labour organizing.

Mark Thomas
Title:  Work, Time, and Technology in the Digital Economy
Funded By:  SSHRC Insight Grant
Amount:  $112,211
Period:  2019-2024

This project examines the ways in which new technologies contribute to the re-organization of working time in the contemporary economy.

James Williams
Title: "Private Markets, Public Goods: Social Impact Bonds and the Future of Social Service Funding in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K."
Funded By: SSHRC
Amount: $140,684
Period: 2016-2019

This SSHRC funded project examines the challenges faced by nonprofit agencies in the social services sector in securing stable, long-term funding. It also explores the viability of alternative funding sources associated with private capital investment including impact investing and social impact bonds.