Social Sciences Research Colloquium

recognizing research excellence in the Faculty of Social Sciences


Wednesday, December 7, 2022
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Livestreamed on Lifesize

Faculty presenters will include Robert Dimand, Professor of Economics and recipient of the 2021 award for Distinguished Researcher, and Andrea Doucet, Professor of Sociology and recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Researcher award. Our Distinguished Researchers will be joined by Chelsea Jones and Naomi Andrews, both Assistant Professors in the Department of Child and Youth Studies and recipients of 2021 Early Career Researcher awards. 

Student presenters will be selected from among recent winners of the FOSS Student Research Award.

A list of presenters as well as presentation titles and descriptions will be added to this page as details are confirmed.

Register to attend this virtual event!

Registration is free and open to all. A link to join us online will be sent to you prior to the event.

About this Event

The annual Social Sciences Research Colloquium is an opportunity to hear from the faculty recipients of two awards presented each year by the Faculty of Social Sciences: Distinguished Researcher and Early Career Researcher. Typically, the Colloquium features presentations by faculty awardees from the previous year.

In addition to faculty award winners, the Research Colloquium features presenters selected from among recent recipients of the FOSS Student Research Award. All awardees from the previous year are invited to apply; selected students are included in the final program.


Presenters at the 2019 Research Colloquium: Master’s student in Popular Culture Russ Martin, Professor of Child and Youth Studies Rebecca Raby, and Master’s student in Geography Aaron Nartey. (Read more.)

About the Awards

The faculty awards recognize members of FOSS who demonstrate consistent records of outstanding research achievements as reflected in the quality and quantity of refereed publications, grant awards and other research activities. The Distinguished Researcher award for tenured faculty considers accomplishments from the past five academic years. The Early Career Researcher (formerly called Untenured Researcher of the Year) award considers accomplishments within the previous academic year. As part of the award, each recipient is invited to deliver a research presentation to the Brock community. More information on these awards, including how to submit a nomination, is available here (Brock faculty/staff login required).

The Student Research Award recognizes student research that contributes to, and advances research and scholarship in, the Social Sciences. The award is open to PhD candidates and to senior undergraduate and MA students whose programs include a research component. All awardees are to be congratulated for their achievements. More information on the award, including how to apply, is available here.

Summaries of past Social Sciences Research Colloquia

2021 Research Colloquium

The Research Colloquium on December 8, 2021, was held online and live streamed to a virtual audience. Faculty presenters included:

Early Career Researcher 2020 (formerly called Untenured Researcher of the Year)

  • Julia Baird, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre; Geography and Tourism Studies
  • Jessica Blythe, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Student presenters included:

  • Jillian Booth, Candidate, Master Of Sustainability
  • Alec Moore, Candidate, MA in Child and Youth Studies
  • Niruba Rasuratnam, Candidate, MA in Applied Disability Studies

Andrea Doucet, Professor of Sociology and recipient of the 2020 award for Distinguished Researcher was unavailable to participate in this event.

2020 Research Colloquium

The 2020 Research Colloquium was held online and live streamed to a virtual audience. Faculty presenters included:

Distinguished Researcher

  • Mike Pisaric, Geography and Tourism Studies (2019)

Untenured Researcher of the Year

  • Karen Louise Smith, Communication, Popular Culture and Film (2019)
  • Nicole Goodman, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science (2018)

Student presenters included:

  • Appiah Bonsu, Candidate, MA in Critical Sociology
  • Jessica Falk, Candidate, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies
  • Pulkit Garg, Candidate, MS in Sustainability Science and Society

2019 Research Colloquium

The Colloquium held in Sankey Chamber featured presentations by Rebecca Raby, Child and Youth Studies, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Researcher award, as well as student Research Award winners Russ Martin, MA in Popular Culture, and Aaron Nartey, MA in Geography.

2018 Research Colloquium

The 2018 Research Colloquium, held in Sankey Chamber featured presentations from the co-recipients of 2017 awards for Distinguished Researcher, Larry Savage (Department of Labour Studies) and Charles Conteh (Department of Political Science), and Untenured Researcher of the Year, Danielle Sirianni Molnar (Department of Child and Youth Studies) and Caitlin Mahy (Department of Psychology).