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Date: June 03, 2005

UVic Researchers Receive Nearly $2 Million From Federal Agency

Projects range from federal budgetary process to public surveillance

University of Victoria researchers received nearly $1.9 million of the $81.6 million in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research funding announced today in London, Ontario.

Twenty UVic research projects received funding in the latest round of grants. Research ranges from an examination of the impact of health education on adolescent health literacy to the adoption of Chinese orphans by Canadian parents and the impact of environmentalism on the law.

“Research conducted in the social sciences and the humanities improves the quality of life of Canadians by providing a better and more thorough understanding of our society, contributing to more effective policy development and an expanded knowledge base,” says Dr. Richard Keeler, associate vice president, research. “Once again, UVic’s researchers have performed admirably in this research competition.”

Among the UVic researchers receiving SSHRC funding are:

Dr. David Good of the school of public administration receives $91,489 to examine the federal budgetary process in all its dimensions. “Traditionally, within the federal process, budgeting has been determined by the interaction of spenders and guardians, but over the last few years a new model is emerging where priorizers and watchdogs are becoming more influential budget players as well,” says Good. “For example, today the government is linking budget allocations more closely to its priority areas, but the programs that are subsequently designed may not be as effective since the details are not developed along with the budget, but rather after the budget allocations have been made.” Good also says that “watchdogs” appear to be increasing their influence in budgeting, acting “more like bloodhounds” in uncovering spending irregularities, such as those that have led to the Gomery inquiry.

Sociologist Dr. Sean Hier who, with Josh Greenberg of Carleton University, receives $101,103 to examine the rise of open street or public video surveillance in Canada. They are initially focusing on seven cities: Sudbury, Hamilton, Brockville, Peterborough, London, Kelowna and Vancouver. About 12 Canadian cities currently operate public video surveillance programs and many more cities are working on plans to introduce monitoring programs. The research team will focus on understanding how video surveillance comes to be accepted as a viable solution to various perceived social problems.

For a complete list of UVic SSHRC-funded projects visit www.sshrc.ca
Media contacts:
Dr. David Good (Public Administration) at (250) 721-8058 or dgood@uvic.ca
Dr. Sean Hier (Sociology) at (250) 721-6690 or shier@uvic.ca
(Dr. Hier is available by email only until June 7)
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

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