Faculty Grant Holders

Margaret Beare
Title: "Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful
Funded By:  SSHRC Connection Grant
Period:  2017

This symposium will allow different generations of scholars and students to forge connections within and across disciplinary and national boundaries and deepen the public debate about contemporary  corporate crime.  International participation will cement Canada's relevance as a thought leader in the global conversation about capitalism, corporations and crime.

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.

Amanda Glasbeek
Title: "The Policing View: Body Worn Cameras, Surveillance and the Question of Police Accountability"
Funded By: SSHRC
Amount: $171,195
Period: 2015-2018

The introduction of body worn cameras as a policing technology has occurred very rapidly and with little academic input. Located in the interdisciplinary field of surveillance studies, The Policing View is a three-year SSHRC-funded project, the core objective of which is to offer independent academic inquiry into an area of police, surveillance, and public accountability that has, heretofore, been monopolized by internal police research. This central objective will be addressed through two sets of inter-related empirical and theoretical questions. First, I examine the institutional interests that animate the implementation of these cameras in Canada. Despite the hopefulness that characterizes this initiative, as a new technology, body-worn cameras are beset by practical questions that condition their potential. Because they are still in the experimental stage, this is a particularly opportune time to explore how both logistical and socially contested questions raised by cameras – including issues related to privacy, police surveillance, and civilian oversight of images - are being actively negotiated to make this technology ‘work’. Second, and subsequently, the project examines a tension that structures the logic of this emergent policing practice: while body-worn cameras are justified as enhancing police accountability, they do so by returning control over images of police work to the police instead of through the work of bystanders. The Policing View is, therefore, further animated by the questions: what does it mean for the police to generate images of their own work, and do such practices work with, or in opposition to, the corresponding promise of increased police accountability?

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.

Fuyuki Kurasawa
Title:  "Global Digital Citizenship"
Funded By: Tier 2 York Research Chair
Amount:  $100,000
Period:  2015-2020

Fuyuki Kurasawa is an inaugural Tier 2 York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship. His research will examine how the rise of digital culture is enabling laypeople and experts to collaborate in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. Dr. Kurasawa will also examine how new technologies are reshaping practices of creation, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge about such global problems.

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 1: "Work in a Warming World: A Community-University Research Alliance of SSHRC 2009-2017"
Funded By: SSHRC and community partners
Amount: $1,000,000
Period: 2009-2017
Title 2: "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: 2014-2022

Both projects examine the role of work and unions in the struggle to slow global warming. Project 2 includes a component of green training for union reps, union trainers, union negotiators and union leaders, and adaptation projects in unionised workplaces.

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.

Marcello Musto
Title: "Marx's Capital After 150 Years (1867-2017)"
Funded By:  SSHRC Connection Grant
Period:  2017

This international conference will offer diverse scholarly perspectives and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism and, in so doing, point to alternative economic and social models.  The organizers will unit several world-renowned sociologists, political theorists and philosophers, from diverse fields and more than 10 countries.


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

Hyun Ok Park heads the five-year grant to establish an innovative and ground-breaking initiative to develop the  study of Korea and the diaspora in Eastern Canada and globally.

Funded at more than $1.1 million over five years by the Academy of Korean Studies, the research project, "Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies", will develop the transnational and global studies of Korea and Korean diaspora as the platforms for exploring key theoretical and methodological issues in humanities and social sciences through the collaboration with other area studies.

The project includes scholars at York as well as six other Canadian universities and two American institutions.  Partners in the Korean-Canadian community in Toronto will also participate in the project.

Over the course of five years, the project will create educational and research opportunities for York undergraduate and graduate students, offer scholarships, create new degrees, introduce innovative curricula, and initiate experiential learning programs and awards.

Many of these activities and initiatives will be coordinated by a new Korean Office for Research and Education at York (KORE).  This office will be headed by a full-time project coordinator, and will be located at the York Centre for Asian Research.

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

Description forthcoming.

Photo of Faculty MemberMark 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.

Photo of Faculty MemberMark Thomas, co-investigator
Title: "Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards for Workers in Precarious Jobs
Funded By: SSHRC Partnership Grant
Amount: $2,001,351
Period: 2013-2018

This project examines the enforcement of employment standards, with a focus on connections between an ‘enforcement gap’ and conditions of precarious employment. The project also explores the potential to re-regulate employment standards through enforcement strategies aiming to counter precariousness.

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.

Lesley Wood
Title: "Temporality and Collaboration in Transnational Social Movements
Funded By: SSHRC Small Grant
Amount: $2,000
Period:  2016-2018

This project aims to better understand collaborations among social movements from different countries constructing joint campaigns and projects, particularly the neglected role of diverse perceptions of time. It aims to identify the mechanisms that activists use to address differences in time perception, either directly or indirectly and understand their effect. It will build an oral history archive that will compile stories of activists collaborating internationally. The project will begin with a case study of People's Global Action.