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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Research highlights

The following is a list of funded research projects currently underway in 2021-2022

SSHRC Connection Grants
The dangers of techno-utopianism

Applicant: Tanner Mirrlees, PhD
Co-applicant: Imre Szeman, PhD

Pandemic parenting: Resources, support, and knowledge mobilization for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Applicant: Lindsay Malloy, PhD


SSHRC Exchange Grant
Offense-Supportive Cognitions and Sexual Aggression in Community Males

Applicant: Leigh Harkins, PhD


SSHRC Explore Grant
Implementing Advance Consent to Medical Assistance in Dying: A Preliminary, Comparative Study

Applicant: Thomas McMorrow, PhD


SSHRC Insight Grants
Finding the gaps: Criminal justice processing of hate crime

Applicant: Barbara Perry, PhD
Co-applicants (external): Allyson Lunny, PhD, David Hofmann, PhD, Irfan Chaudhry, PhD
Research partners: Department of Justice Canada, and Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Transnational environmental crime, human security and biosecurity: Building effective, integrated, preventative networks

Applicant: Peter Stoett, PhD
Research partners: EcoHealth Alliance, Boise State University, Northumbria University, Australian National University, University of Maryland, University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania, University of Sheffield

An Era of Islamophobia: Navigating the Dynamics of Ethnic Identities, Social Exclusion and Emotional Well-Being among South Asian Muslim Youth in Canada

Applicant: Arshia U. Zaidi, PhD
Co-applicant: Barbara Perry, PhD

Examination of Protection and Assistance Measures for Foreign Nationals Trafficked to Canada

Applicant: Sasha Baglay, PhD
Co-applicant: Idil Atak, PhD
Collaborators: James C. Brown, Varka Kalaydzhieva, PhD

The Multidimensional Development Impacts of Canadian-supported Investments and Policy Initiatives Abroad: The Case of Tourism and Charter Cities in Honduras

Applicant: Timothy MacNeill, PhD

Restructuring Work: Labour and the Organization of Global Capitalism

Applicant: Scott Aquanno, PhD
Co-applicant: Toba Bryant, PhD
Collaborator: Hilde Zitzelsberger, PhD

Using Science-Based Interviewing Techniques to Generate Accurate and Believable Alibis from Innocent Suspects
Applicant: Joseph D. Eastwood, PhD
Co-applicant: Brent Snook, PhD
Understanding and Enhancing the Narratives of Immigrant Youth

Applicant: Lindsay C. Malloy, PhD
Collaborators: Hilary E. Cameron, PhD, Jacqueline Evans, PhD


SSHRC Insight Development Grants
Constructing the mental health crisis: Narrative sources and media consumption by emerging adults and postsecondary institutions

Applicant: Sharon Lauricella, PhD
Co-applicants: Geoffrey Navara, PhD, Elaine Scharfe, PhD

Gathering Input from Seniors on Legal and Ethical Issues Related to use of Social Robots for In-Home Support

Applicant: Andrea Slane, PhD
Co-applicants: Patrick Hung, PhD, Barbara Marshall, PhD, Isabel Pedersen, PhD
Collaborators: Jane Bailey, PhD, Kirsten Ellison, PhD, Valerie Steeves, PhD

Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to Evaluate the Existence of Virtuous and Non-virtuous Motives to Empathize

Applicant: Matthew Shane, PhD


SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
Devising and testing public engagement models to shape guidelines for potential use of facial recognition technologies by police

Applicant: Andrea Slane, PhD
Co-applicants: Christopher O-Connor, PhD, Lisa Austin, PhD and Brenda McPhail (external, University of Toronto, Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
Research partners: Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Cobourg Police Service, Northumberland Business Development Assistance Corporation


SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
Differential Impacts of Transition to Remote Academic Labour at GTA Universities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Applicant: Natalie Oman, PhD
Co-applicantsArshia U. Zaidi, PhD, Terezia Zoric, PhD

COVID-19 and Sex Trafficking: Understanding Intersections and Amplification of Precarity for Survivors of Labour Exploitation in the Sex

Applicant: Olga Marques, PhD
Co-applicant: Arshia U. Zaidi, PhD
Community Partner: Victim Services of Durham Region


SSHRC Small Grants

Impact of Viewing Body-Worn Camera Footage on Reports of Critical Incidents

Applicant: Brian Cutler, PhD

An Examination of Bullying through Twitter

ApplicantKarla Dhungana Sainju, PhD

Young People's Perceptions of Their Interactions with Police

Carla Cesaroni, PhD, Phillip Shon, PhD, Christopher O'Connor, PhD

Exploring New Methods in Citizen Education and Engagement

Tyler Frederick, PhD, Scott Aquanno, PhD, Christopher O'Connor, PhD

The Social Media "Hook-Up" Culture for Racialized Women in Post-Secondary Institutions

Arshia Zaidi, PhD, Olga Marques, PhD


Facebook Canada
In support of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism and the development of the Global Network Against Hate

Barbara Perry, PhD


New Frontiers in Research Fund
Factors that Influence Autistic Youth Who Engage in Online Hate

Applicant: Barabara Perry, PhD


Child Mental Health in Action, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association
Pandemic Parenting

Co-applicants: Lindsay Malloy, PhD, Amanda Zelechoski, PhD, J.D.


MINDS Targeted Engagement Grant (DND)
Hateful Conduct in the CAF: Scoping the Policy Environment

Applicant: Barbara Perry, PhD


MINDS Collaborative Networks Grant (DND)
Network for Research on Hateful Conduct and Right-wing Extremism In the CAF

Applicant: Barbara Perry, PhD


Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC)
Examining the nature of both public and private violence and its implications for the OFOVC

Project leader: Hannah Scott, PhD


Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Examining the Effectiveness of a Critical Time Intervention to Stabilize Trajectories out of Homelessness for Youth

Applicant: Sean Kidd, PhD, C. Psych
Co-applicant: Tyler Frederick, PhD


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Contributions Program projects
Involving Seniors and Caregivers in Developing Privacy Best Practices: Towards the Development of Social Support Technologies for Seniors

Project leader: Andrea Slane, PhD