University of Regina researchers receive close to $3.5 million in humanities and social sciences research funding

News Release Release Date: June 21, 2022 9:45 a.m.

Researchers from the University of Regina have been granted close to $3.5 million from the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for research ranging from highlighting black nursing students’ experiences in Saskatchewan to creating sustainable water solutions in Canada and beyond.

Dr. Margo Hurlbert, a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina and the Canada Research Chair for Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability received more than 70 per cent of the funds announced Tuesday.

Hurlbert was awarded a $2.5 million Partnership Grant to work toward finding ways to adapt to and solve water security issues in the context of climate change.

Hurlbert is leading a team from Saskatchewan, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay to build pathways for better water management between droughts and floods.

She says these geographic regions are experiencing extreme drought and her team is working to create solutions.

“There are multiple risks to water security, and our team is working to create solutions that will help people all over the world, and agricultural producers more specifically, ready themselves for the threats from future climate change,” Hurlbert says.

Hurlbert says the Partnership Grant supports work with an interdisciplinary team.

“Our group –which includes government, scientists, community members, and ag producers – will create a multitude of climate models and socio-economic pathways that will lead to the best decisions about what kind of future we want in terms of water security.

The Government of Canada’s SSHRC announcement also included support for the following University of Regina research projects:

Insight Grants

Dr. Andrew Eaton, assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Work, received $294,305 for his project, Identity development, attraction, and behaviour of heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men.

Dr. Florence Luhanga, associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing, received $114,000 for her project, Revealing Black Undergraduate Nursing Students' Experiences in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Alex Oehler, assistant professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Arts, received $344,497 for his project, Sensory Acts: More Than Human Communication in the Circumpolar North.

Partnership Development Grant

Dr. Vivian Puplamp, assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing, received $199,098 for her project, Partnership to strengthen older racialized immigrants' social connectedness in Canada: the impacts of the living environment.


Dr. Hurlbert can be contacted directly for interviews:

Dr. Margot Hurlbert
Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Canada Research Chair for Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability


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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