Faculty members in the Graduate Program conduct innovative anthropological research at the leading edge of the discipline. Faculty contributions to original critical theory and methodologies place them at the forefront of Canadian and international scholarship on refugee studies, global health studies, gender, science and technology studies, legal anthropology, sexuality studies, social movements, nationalisms, war, migration, violence, and colonial and post-colonial studies, race, environment and political ecology, performance studies, visual cultures, tourism studies, to name some of the fields.
In recent years Major Tri-Council, SSHRC and CIHR research funding was awarded to:
- CIHR for Recovering Stories: Rethinking Resilience through Technology, Archival research initiative, 2012. “Roots of Resilience: Transformations of Identity and Community in Indigenous Mental Health”, PI: Laurence Kirmayer, McGill U. ($3,000);
- CIHR-funded Research Planning Workshop (October, 2011). “Contextualizing Health Information Communications Technologies: An Inter-disciplinary National Workshop to Explore the Intersections of ICTs, Aboriginal Health, and Identity”, 2011-13, Named Principal Investigator, $22,062);
- CIHR Network Environments for “Aboriginal Health Research Sub-node: National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research”, Co-Investigator. Named PI: Laurence Kirmayer, McGill U. (sub-node $967, 960. Total award: $10,297,961);
- SSHRC Northern Research Development Program, 2012, “Webs of Health: An Ethnographic Study of the Interface between Internet Technologies, Health and Identity of First Nations Women”. Principal Investigator, ($39,436);
- CIHR, National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research, 2007-10, Co-Investigator, “Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research”. Named PI: Laurence Kirmayer, McGill U. ($1,805,583);
- CIHR Operating Grant, Ethics Priority, 2007-10, “Ethics in Conditions of Disaster and Deprivation: Learning from Health Workers' Narratives”. Co-Investigator, Named PI: Lisa Schwartz, McMaster ($146,272).
- SSHRC Multiple Collaborator Research Initiative as a co-investigator on “Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage”, 2008-2015, ($2.5 million), (appointed to the program in 2015);
- SSHRC Cluster Grant for a “Canadian Refugee Research Network: Globalizing knowledge”, 2008-2014, ($2.1million), (appointed to the program in 2014);
- SSHRC Partnership Development Grant for “The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya” , 2011-2013, past and ongoing support for ($200,000.00);
- SSHRC Standard Grant for his “Under the Rainbow: Sexual Refugees, Homonationalism, and the Transformation of Sexual Cultures in Canada”, 2011-2014, ($67,500.00);
- SSHRC Development Initiative for “Laboratory Lives of Plants and People: Artists, Scientists, and Botanical Experiments”, 2010-2012, ($37,296.00);
- SSHRC Connections Grant, 2014, CASCA Conference, York University, “Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of the Anthropological Terrain,” ($25,000.00);
- SSHRC Insight Grant, “Beyond Remittances: Croatian ‘Expert Expatriates’”, 2013-2017, ($70,655.00).
Other government research funding was awarded to:
- (PI) “Canadian Foundation for Innovation Internal Operating Funds Grant”, 2017, ($19,983.00);
- (PI) “Building primary/secondary teaching capabilities in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, 2013-2018, Global Affairs Canada, ($4.5 million);
- (PI) “Post-doctoral Fellowship Research Project: Anthropology, social media management, analysis and the development of strategy,” 2016-17, Government of Ontario, MITACS, ($55,000.00).
With each award, great effort is made to support student research, student graduate assistantships, conferences (e.g., CASCA 2014) and conference attendance. Many of the graduate students in our program have been able to take advantage of these initiatives. For example, Professor Myers was awarded the Early Researcher Award, 2012-2017, Ontario Ministry for Economic Development and Innovation, of $150.000.00 that is meant solely for graduate student research and training. Our funding success has become a solid strength and an opportunity in the Graduate Program, and we acknowledge the challenge to increase the support for graduate student research and training through these means. This trend helps underwrite our commitments to student research and pedagogy today.