Memorial University of Newfoundland researchers will be splitting $5.3 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for five projects.
A research team working with Dr. Barbara Neis, University Research Professor working in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the SafetyNet Centre for Research in Occupational Health and Safety, received $2.5 million for a project involving researchers from 22 universities across the country to study how travelling for work affects people, whether it’s extended daily travel or long-distance travel for weeks or months at a time.
The project aims to “study the spectrum of employment-related geographical mobility in Canada” states a MUN news release.
Neis said currently little is known about the effects on work, home life, and how mobility patterns relate to other factors.
““Existing research in this area is limited and fragmented, but it does show that employment-related geographical mobility is likely affecting key domains of Canadian life, such as labour recruitment, absenteeism, social relations at work and work-life balance, as well as impacting infrastructure, such as housing, health, transportation and training,” she said.
The project will analyze data and trends from 1980 onward, with researchers in seven provinces also doing extensive field research.
Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development in the Department of Geography, has received nearly $2.5 million for her project looking at the marginalization of small scale fisheries.
The project, titled Too Big to Ignore: Global Partnerships for Small-scale Fisheries Research, will look to develop research and governance capacity to address global fisheries challenges.
“The majority of research and policy discourses about fisheries are centred on the large-scale, industrial fishing sector,” said Chuenpagdee. “The lack of detailed information about small-scale fisheries has resulted in systematic underestimation of their social, cultural and economic importance and their contribution to sustainable livelihoods, food security, poverty alleviation and environmental stewardship.”
The project includes 15 partners and 62 researchers based in 24 countries, including Canada.
Neis also received $118,052 for her Rebuilding Collapsed Fisheries and Threatened Communities project.
The project focuses on sharing the knowledge generated through the SSHRC-funded Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance, a five-year interdisciplinary research project related to helping communities and organizations along Newfoundland’s west coast develop strategies for the recovery of fish stocks and fishery communities, states the release.
Archivist and digital projects co-ordinator Vince Walsh has been given $109,055 for his project titled Cod Trap to iPhone App: Bringing Newfoundland and Labrador History into the 21st Century.
The project will see the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website get a redesign and update.
Dorothy Vaandering, Faculty of Education, was awarded $83,538 for her project titled Relationships First: Implementing Restorative Justice in Schools from the Ground Up.