$500,000 in Research Grants for Lakehead University

Ontario is recognizing the province's top university researchers for their valuable contributions to the fields of chemistry, economic science, literature, physics and physiology/medicine.
Ontario is recognizing the province's top university researchers for their valuable contributions to the fields of chemistry, economic science, literature, physics and physiology/medicine.

Lakehead UniversityThunder Bay, ON EDUCATION – Lakehead University is receiving more than $500,000 in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to provide insight into some important issues facing Canadians today.

Researchers will be examining a number of diverse issues, including Aboriginal land use in northern communities, the study of domestic violence and community policing, and how history has shaped Canada – U.S. relations.

Dr. Frederico Oliveira, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, received $70,325 to study the importance of social structure and family relations on land use practices in the First Nations communities of Lac Seul and Slate Falls in Northwestern Ontario.

“The need to develop a consistent investigation of the impact of external influences on First Nations communities such as these, along with an understanding of the internal structure within the communities is critical,” said Oliveira.

Oliveira’s study will support negotiations with government and industry about natural resource development in ancestral lands, while contributing to meaningful discussions about indigenous sovereignty in Canada.

Dr. Angela Hovey, an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work in Orillia is receiving a grant of $67,404 for a unique multidisciplinary project – Domestic Violence: New Policing and Community Prevention – as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and local social service agencies.  The team involves Lakehead researchers from Social Work, Criminology and Women’s Studies.

The research team will examine how police currently respond to a high volume of domestic violence calls and how a community-based preventative approach might be used to respond more effectively.

“We’re extremely pleased to receive the grant from SSHRC, as the study will provide significant new contributions because of our partnership with the OPP and the unprecedented access to police data on domestic violence,” said Dr. Hovey.

Dr. Michael Stevenson, Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, is receiving $54,478 for his project, Building a Cold War Consensus: The Eisenhower Administration and Canada-U.S. Relations, 1953-1961.

The study will examine Canada-U.S. relations during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and the leadership of Canadian Prime Ministers Louis St. Laurent and John Diefenbaker to explore the pattern of diplomatic stability that has determined the ‘special relationship’ between Canada and the United States.

“The characteristic tolerant accommodation that defines Canada-U.S. relations was developed during these years,” Stevenson commented. “This study will generate important new insights into a neglected area of Canadian and American history and will help us understand the place of Canada and the United States in the wider world.”

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, is extremely pleased by the high quality research in social sciences and humanities at Lakehead University.

“Due to the hard work of our researchers, we are gaining an outstanding reputation for engaging research that is proving beneficial for people in Canada and around the world,” Dr. Dean said.


New SSHRC Grants:  Total of $567,069

Faculty Grants

Connection Grant (one year grant)

  • Dr. Natalya Timoshkina, School of Social Work (Orillia), Contextualizing sex trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls, $25,000.

Insight Development Grants (two year grants)

  • Dr. Kristin Burnett, Department of Indigenous Learning, A Community History of Colonialism, Health Care, and First Nations in Northwestern Ontario: From the Sioux Lookout Indian Hospital to the Meno Ya Win Health Centre, $61,052.

o   Co-applicants:

  • Dr. Barbara Parker, Department of Sociology
  • Dr. Kelly Skinner, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Angela Hovey, School of Social Work (Orillia), Domestic Violence:  New Policing and Community Prevention Approaches $67,404.


  • Dr. Lori Chambers, Women’s Studies
  • Dr. Les Fleischer, Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Dr. Curtis Fogel, Interdisciplinary Studies and Criminology
  • Dr. Susan Scott, School of Social Work (Orillia)


  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Dr. Frederico Oliveira, Department of Anthropology, A Tridimensional Approach to First Nations’ Land Use and Occupancy in Northwestern Ontario: An Applied and Culturally Relevant Pilot Study, $70,325.


  • Dr. Martha Dowsley, Department of Anthropology
  • Dr. Scott Hamilton, Department of Anthropology
  • Dr. Michael Stevenson, Department of History (Orillia), Building a Cold War Consensus: The Eisenhower Administration and Canada-US Relations, 1953-1961, $51,478.


  • Dr. Asa McKercher, McMaster University


  • Greg Donaghy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Yuanyaun Wu, Faculty of Business Administration, R&D Outsourcing between Canada and Emerging Economies: Management Process and Capability Effects in Canadian Aerospace Companies, $71,996.


  • Dr. Elena Obukhova, McGill University
  • Dr. Paola Perez-Aleman, McGill University
  • Dr. Natalya Timoshkina, School of Social Work (Orillia), Trafficking of the Elderly, $62,314.

o   Co-applicant:  Dr. Lynn McDonald, University of Toronto

Graduate Student Funding

SSHRC – Joseph Armand Bombardier

Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) – One year grants worth $17,500 each.

Melissa Blanchard

Faculty of Education

Internationalization in Canadian Universities: International Students’ Perceptions on English Language Programs

Sarah Jacques


Re-Visioning Popular Youth Fiction: A Feminist Parody

Marissa Kidd  

Faculty of Education

Exploring the Transformative Experiences of non-Indigenous Ontario Elementary School Teachers in Decolonizing Indigenous-non-Indigenous Relationships Through a Critical Pedagogy of Place

Rachel Kushnier


Mate Value Accuracy and Relationship Satisfaction and Longevity

Tiffany Leung


The Strength of Victims: Precursors for Inclusive Forms of Helping

Laura McGeown


Investigating Mu Rhythm Suppression During the Social Modeling of Eating in Restrained versus Unrestrained Eaters

Valeria Panina

Social Justice

Fatphobia in Family Contexts

Sofia Rizzo


Women’s Experiences of Strength Training

Flavia Spiroiu


An Examination of the Interactive Roles of Intolerance of Uncertainty and Information Processing in Social Anxiety

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