Carleton Research on Refugees, the Military, Residential Schools Gets Boost

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Carleton Research on Refugees, the Military, Residential Schools Gets Boost

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 20151057 Views

September 14, 2015

Carleton University faculty members have received generous grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to support research in diverse areas, including global refugee policy, Indigenous people, residential schools and military oversight and control.

SSHRC has announced funding for Carleton researchers under its Insight Program and its Connection Grants.

Carleton research funded by SSHRC grants in 2015, includes:

  • James Milner, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, received a Connection Grant worth almost $25,000 to fund a workshop that will study the failure of the existing global refugee regime and new approaches.
  • Katherine Graham, professor of Public Policy and Administration, received a Connection Grant worth $50,000 to support initiatives of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples, which provides training on ethical research with First Nations, Metis and Inuit.
  • Stephen Saideman, associate professor and Paterson Chair in International Affairs, received more than $250,000 from the SSHRC Insight Program. Saideman will research the role of legislatures in the democratic control of militaries around the world and investigate how access to classified information affects the quality of oversight.
  • Fraser Taylor, distinguished research professor and director of Carleton’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, received approximately $425,000 from the SSHRC Insight Program for his Residential School Land Memory Mapping Project that will be a part of the reconciliation process. The project aims to acknowledge, honour and enhance awareness of the living history of the land, the buildings and the survivors of residential schools.


My SSHRC grant enables me to bring together a global group of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to continue the conversation about the functioning of the global refugee regime. This is a conversation that we have been having virtually and through publications for a number of years, but the opportunity to physically bring this group together at Carleton is invaluable. –Milner

The ethical conduct of research with Indigenous peoples is a cornerstone for good collaboration in the development and preservation of knowledge. The SSHRC grant to support the Carleton University Institute for the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples enabled us to bring together First Nations, Metis and Inuit community members, undergraduate and graduate students and seasoned researchers for a week of exploration that built common understanding of how to do research in a good way. –Graham

The grant will allow me to research how the legislatures of the world’s democracies oversee their militaries.  War is too important to be left to the generals, and overseeing the military is perhaps too important to be left to presidents and prime ministers.  Countries vary in whether their parliamentarians are ignorant critics or informed overseers. This project will examine the tradeoffs and impact of the different styles of oversight. The grant will fund travel for interviews and the training of graduate students. –Saideman

Support from SSHRC for our work has been substantial and ongoing over the last decade. This new five-year Insight Grant relating to residential school mapping will allow us to build on our excellent partnership with First Nations people and contribute to an increased understanding of a dark chapter in Canadian history. –Taylor

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Carleton University
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