University of Regina researchers receive over $420,000 in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

News Release Release Date: February 17, 2022 1:30 p.m.

Seven University of Regina researchers have received federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants (IDGs) to lead a variety of research projects.

“The University of Regina appreciates the tremendous opportunities Insight Discovery Grants offer in exploring new areas of research,” said Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Vice-President (Research) with the University of Regina. “These innovative research projects promise to expand our knowledge, challenge preconceived notions, and identify new approaches for addressing broad societal issues.” 

One of the research projects, led by assistant professor of justice studies Dr. Muhammad Asadullah, is Exploring the Impact of COVID19 on Restorative Justice Programs in Canada: A Comparative Analysis in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

“Restorative justice programs have been greatly affected by COVID-19 due to the shutdown of offices, programs and prison visits and plummeting referrals, raising major concerns for the future of many restorative justice programs across Canada,” said Asadullah. “The IDG funding will allow our team to explore the impact of COVID19 on restorative justice practices to help inform the current practice and the future of restorative justice in Canada.”

Examining how middle-years students with mathematics learning disabilities use their personal electronic technology to support mathematical learning is the focus of associate professor of education Dr. Alayne Armstrong’s research Emergent technological practices of middle years students with mathematics learning disabilities.

Assistant professor of education Dr. Melanie Griffith Brice’s research, lii Michif - kitipîm’sonaw - ki Tipmishoonaan will add the theoretical and methodological knowledge about Métis ways of knowing and learning to the field of Indigenous education research.

The research project Prison Tourism and the Penal Press in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan led by Dr. Jason Demers, assistant professor of arts, will develop insight into how we understand and memorialize prisoners and punishment in Saskatchewan. The project will devote special attention to the Canadian penal press – a repository of prisoner produced, prison specific newspapers.

Stories to lead by: Attending to Indigenous youth as they compose their lives as leaders is the title of assistant professor of kinesiology and health studies Dr. Michael Dubnewick’s research into the leadership experiences of Indigenous youth in the Growing Young Movers (afterschool program) as they navigate their identities as leaders amidst dominant cultural, social, historical, linguistic, and institutional narratives.

Assistant professor of justice studies Dr. James Gacek’s research Penal Agribusiness: The Purpose, Benefits, and Challenges of Prison Farms in Canada, will examine how the prison farm program positively and/or negatively impacts prison experiences to determine whether the program has reintegrative value for prisoner personal growth and skill development.

How Indigenous youth leaders define and navigate meaningful relationships in an afterschool recreation, sport, and wellness program is the focus of the Living relationally in afterschool wellness programming: Experiences of Indigenous youth research by Dr. Tristan Hopper, assistant professor of kinesiology and health studies. 

SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches, and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years that are proposed by individuals or teams.


About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


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