Social Science Research

Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Science Research

Speakers Series

Many departments across the Faculty of Social Sciences offer Speakers' Series.  For a list of updated speakers, please review departmental web pages.

Research Award Winners

The Faculty of Social Sciences is home to a vibrant culture of scholarship.  It is home to many award-winning researchers. From 2008-09 through 2010-11, faculty members in Social Sciences received almost $2.2 million in research grants from federal government research granting agencies for projects based at Brock University.  Further details about research productivity can be found in our Annual Report.  For some examples of our award winners, visit our Faculty Research Awards page.

Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS)

The Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) advances research and scholarship through the administration of small research grants awarded to faculty members through a peer-­‐reviewed, transparent process adjudicated by a committee of faculty members that is Chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research.

Programs of Research

Faculty members across the Faculty of Social Sciences each typically have their own program of research.  Details about faculty research expertise can be found on individual departmental web pages.  Members of the Faculty of Social Sciences are also engaged in a number of transdisciplinary research initiatives that examine issues from a variety of perspectives.  These include:

Brock Institue for Electrophysiological Research - BIER brings together researchers in psychology, biological sciences, and physical education and kinesiology who utilize EEG (electro-encephalogram), EMG (electromyogram) and other electrophysiological measures to study thought processes, the control of movement, and the functional properties of neurons.

Canadian Water Economics — This group conducts research to help maximize the sustainable value that Canada can obtain from using its scarce water resources.

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre - The purpose of the Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) (formerly known as Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Unit or BESRU) is to pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research concerning the environment, sustainability and social-ecological resilience.

Jobs & Justice Research Unit - The Brock University Jobs and Justice Research Unit brings together researchers from various disciplines and faculties with a shared interest in issues related to work and labour and their relationship to social, political, economic and environmental justice.

Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research - The Plaza Building houses this research centre, home to more than 60 faculty members who study such things as developing brains, youth lifestyle choices, and healthy living for adults. The network also involves more than 30 community groups.

Niagara Community Observatory — This partnership with the community fosters, produces and disseminates research on issues relevant to Niagara residents.

Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) - WEPGN brings together a remarkably strong group of world-class social science researchers from Canada and abroad and an important set of institutional partners. WEPGN's Program Director is one of Canada's leading water economists and has extensive experience working with partner organizations. Included amongst its researchers are several Canada Research Chairs and University Research Chairs, and an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. WEPGN partners come from all levels of Canadian government and agencies with front-line responsibilities for water management. WEPGN partners will play many roles: defining research questions, engaging with research teams, providing cash and in-kind support, administering the network, and carrying out knowledge mobilization. WEPGN will yield several concrete benefits to participating researchers and students. Partner organizations will benefit by participating in research attuned to their concerns. In the long run, aquatic ecosystems, Canadians and the Canadian economy will all benefit.