Western projects earn Partnership grants

Projects led by Western professors Tima Bansal and James Compton were named among 92 research teams being awarded more than $70 million over seven years through Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants.

Bansal’s project, Bridging the implementation gap: Embedding sustainability in corporate culture, received $199,800 over three years. The Ivey professor’s team includes Jennifer Howard-Grenville of the University of Oregon and Stephanie Bertels of Simon Fraser University. It partners with the Network for Business Sustainability, Research in Motion and Suncor Energy.

Compton’s project, The future of organized labour in the digital media workplace, received $199,525 over three years. The Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) professor’s team includes fellow FIMS professors Alison Hearn, Edward Comor, Jonathan Burston, Matthew Stahl, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Samuel Trosow as well as Ursula Huws of the University of Hertfordshire. It partners with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Radio and Television Artists; Canadian Media Guild; and Writers Guide of Canada.

Western professor James Voogt was a co-applicant on University of Waterloo professor John Lewis’ project, The urban futures partnership, and Western professor Stephane Vachon was a co-applicant on McMaster University professor Elkafi Hassini’s project, Sustainable procurement.

“Our government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. To remain at the forefront of the global economy, our government is investing in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs,” Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, said. “Through these investments, we are creating the best-educated and most skilled workforce in the world and strengthening Canada’s research advantage.”

A full list of the grant recipients is available on the SSHRC website.