U of R historian named top researcher for 2016

Posted: May 31, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Raymond Blake has received the Award for Excellence in Research from the U of R Alumni Association.
Dr. Raymond Blake has received the Award for Excellence in Research from the U of R Alumni Association. Photo - U of R Photography

Named by colleagues across the Canadian scholarly landscape as a “leading historian,” “credit to his profession,” and “accomplished scholar,” historian Raymond Blake is known for not only the depth and influence of his research, but also for his ability to collaborate with others and form interdisciplinary partnerships.

Blake has written and edited 14 books, working with major university presses, and he has several other books currently in process with the University of Toronto Press. The gold standard for historical research is the publication of monographs, which are typically the culmination of years of painstaking archival research. Blake’s publication of so many books—alongside many articles in scholarly journals—is an extraordinary achievement.

Blake has demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, having collaborated with political scientists, economists, lawyers, and sociologists, among others. Much of his research illuminates the history of federal-provincial relations and the evolution of social welfare programs in Canada. His research’s emphasis on issues such as equity, inclusion and democracy has been important to policy-makers.

Blake is also one of a very few researchers at the University of Regina to be awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. This flagship funding program for humanities and social sciences researchers is a prestigious honour that speaks to Blake’s importance and accomplishments as a researcher.

“Raymond is, without a doubt, one of the most accomplished scholars in Western Canada,” said fellow researcher and University of Regina Research Chair in Aging and Health Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos. Indeed, that is a sentiment echoed by Blake’s colleagues across the country.

The Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Research focuses on the impact of the candidate’s research in his/her discipline, as well as on the public good.