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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 2022-2023

SSHRC grants:

SSHRC Connection Grants
Advocates Assemble: Disability Research from the Ground Up

Principal Investigator: Jen Rinaldi, PhD
Co-investigators: Pierre Côté, PhD, Toba Bryant, PhD
Collaborator: Samantha Walsh, PhD

  • $26,079
  • March 22, 2022 to March 21, 2023

"Tech With a Green Governance Conscience": Exploring the Technology-Environmental Policy Nexus

Principal Investigator: Peter Stoett, PhD
Co-investigators: Delon Omrow, PhD, Phil Cassey, PhD, Isabel Pedersen, PhD

  • $25,000
  • June 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023

SSHRC COVID-19 Supplement
Restructuring Work: Labour and the Organization of Global Capitalism

Principal Investigator: Scott Aquanno, PhD
Co-investigator: Toba Bryant, PhD
Collaborator: Hilde Zitzelsberger, PhD

  • $271,662
  • April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2023

SSHRC Exchange Grants
Knowledge mobilization activities for OSSTF research

Principal Investigator: Karla Dhungana Sainju, PhD

  • $2,000
  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Offense-Supportive Cognitions and Sexual Aggression in Community Males

Principal Investigator: Leigh Harkins, PhD

  • $2,000
  • March 4, 2021 to March 31, 2023

30 Years of Chaosmosis

Principal Investigator: Gary Genosko, PhD

  • $2,000
  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023


SSHRC Explore Grants
Incarcerated Young Men: Trauma, Masculinity & Need for Trauma Informed Care

Principal Investigator: Carla Cesaroni, PhD

  • $6,949
  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Multiple Perpetrator Sexual Offences (MPSOs): Examining factors that influence recidivism

Principal Investigator: Leigh Harkins, PhD

  • $5,700
  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Justice-Involved Veterans and the Criminal Justice System

Principal Investigator: Karla Dhungana Sainju, PhD

  • $6,900
  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

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

Principal Investigator: Thomas McMorrow, PhD

  • $6,974.87
  • April 3, 2021 to September 30, 2022

SSHRC Insight Grants
Leveling the playing field: Examining the effect of language proficiency and interpreter presence on witnesses' testimony

Principal Investigator: Amy Leach, PhD
Co-investigators: Lisa D. Dufraimont, PhD, Mariane Gazaille, PhD

  • $13,579
  • March 15, 2018 to March 31, 2023

Finding the gaps: Criminal justice processing of hate crime

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

  • $269,141
  • April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2024

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

Principal Investigator: 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

  • $263,610
  • April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2025

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

Principal Investigator: Sasha Baglay, PhD
Co-investigator: Idil Atak, PhD
Collaborators: James C. BrownVarka Kalaydzhieva

  • $86,897
  • April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2023

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

Principal Investigator: Timothy MacNeill, PhD

  • $316,668
  • April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024

SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration Grant
Sustainability: An Urban Approach

Principal Investigator: Daniel Hoornweg, PhD
Co-investigators: Shilpa Dogra, PhD, Khalil El-Khatib, PhD, Matthew Stein, PhD

  • $212,500
  • March 31, 2021 to March 30, 2023

SSHRC Partnership Grants
Partenariat universitaire sur la prévention du plagiat (PUPP)

Principal Investigator: Martine Peters, PhD
Co-investigators: Alain Cadieux, PhD, Alyson King, PhD, Angelina Weenie, PhD, Carolyn Creed, PhDCeceilia Parnther, PhDChristiane Blaser, PhD, Cynthia Potvin, PhD, Dimitar Angelov, PhD, Dita Dlabolova, PhD, Ece Zehir Topkaya, PhD, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, PhD, Franck Martin, PhD, Françoise Larré, PhDFrançois Vincent, PhD, George Ttoouli, PhDGuofang Wan, PhD, Irene Glendinning, PhD, Jim Hu, PhDJinrong Li, PhD, Joseph Atoyebi, PhD, Juliane Bertrand, PhD, Julien Bureau, PhD, Karine Duvignau, PhD, Kathleen O'Reilly, PhD, Laura Ribeiro, PhDLauren Fitzgerald, PhD, Martine Pellerin, PhD, Mehmet Sercan Uztosun, PhD, Milan Ojstersek, Monica Soto, PhDNicole Boubée, PhDNicole Monney, PhD, Pascal Grégoire, PhD, Patrick Giroux, PhD, Patrick Juola, PhD, Pavel Turcinek, PhD, Ricardo Correia, PhDSalim Razi, PhD, Sandra Jamieson, PhD, Sébastien Béland, PhD, Serge Larivée, PhD, Shivadas Sivasubramaniam, PhD, Stella-Maris Orim, PhD, Sylvia Burrow, PhD, Sylvie Fontaine, PhD, Sylvie Marcotte, PhD, Tim Anderson, PhD, Tomas Foltynek, PhD
Collaborators: Benoit Jeunier, PhD, Félix Langevin Harnois, Gareth Crossman, Jean-Philippe Pouliot, Laurence Huot, Nicole Picton, Rajko Golovic, Sebastian Berger, Shailene Panylo, Sonia Morin
Research partners: Canadian Federation of Students, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Cape Breton University, Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec, Coventry University, Drew University, Duquesne University, European Network for Academic Integrity, European Students' Union, First Nations University of Canada, Georgia Southern University, Loyola University Chicago, Mendel University in Brno, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, St. John's University, The Governors of the University of Alberta, Thompson Rivers University, Université de Moncton, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Université Laval, Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, University College of the North, University of Derby, University of Maribor, University of Porto, University of Victoria, Yeshiva University

  • $2,499,980
  • 2021-2028

Scientific knowledge and approaches to defining and measuring hate crime, hate speech and hate incidents

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD

  • $57,500
  • July 14, 2020 to March 31, 2023

A Multi-Sector Partnership to Investigate and Develop Policy and Practice Models to Dismantle "Rape Culture" in Universities

Principal investigatorShaheen Sheriff, PhD
Co-investigator: Leigh Harkins, PhD

  •  $7,300
  • April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2023

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

Principal Investigator: Andrea Slane, PhD
Co-investigators: 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

  • $200,000
  • March 22, 2021 to March 21, 2024

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

Principal Investigator: Natalie Oman, PhD
Co-investigatorArshia U. Zaidi, PhD, Terezia Zoric, PhD

  • $21,469
  • April 1, 2021 to November 30, 2022



SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative Grant
Carceral Intersections of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Trans Experience in Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Structural Violence in the Prisoner Re-entry Industrial Complex

Principal Investigator: Wesley Crichlow, PhD

  • $400,075
  • March 25, 2022 to March 24, 2025

NSERC grants:

NSERC Discovery Grants
Unimodal, multimodal and machine-learning techniques to identifying structural, functional and connectivity dynamics underlying empathic accuracy

Principal Investigator: Matthew Shane, PhD

  • $140,000
  • April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2025


Grants from other institutions:

Canada Foundation for Innovation 2021 - John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI JELF)
Functional Near Infrared Spectoscropy (fNIRS) System for Portable Whole-brain Evaluation of Brain Function

Principal Investigator: Matthew Shane, PhD
Co-investigator: Bobby Stojanoski, PhD

  • $386,018


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

Principal Investigator: Sean Kidd, PhD, C. Psych
Co-investigator: Tyler Frederick, PhD

  • $925,650
  • 2021-2026

Characterizing the functional organization of the human cerebellum and cerebro-cerebellar communication

Collaborator: Bobby Stojanoski, PhD

  • $413,000
  • 2018-2023

Durham City Studio
Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Resident Survey

Principal Investigator: Matthew Stein, PhD

  • $40,000
  • December 14, 2020 to December 31, 2024

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

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD

  • $500,000
  • 2020-2025

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

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD

  • $681,835
  • July 15, 2020 to March 31, 2023 


Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Research Grant for Emergent Issues and Priorities
Understanding the Experiences and Perspectives of Ontario Educational Personnel with Race-Based Bullying

Principal Investigator: Karla Dhungana Sainju, PhD

  • $3,497.18
  • January 26, 2022 to July 31, 2023