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York University profs Stephen Gaetz, Susan McGrath receive Impact Awards

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 by in Scarborough | 0 comments

Two York University professors have received Impact Awards by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

“These awards are fantastic recognition of the vast contribution that York researchers Stephen Gaetz and Susan McGrath have made to their innovative research programs,” Robert Haché, York’s vice-president of research and innovation, said in a release. “To have two of our leading researchers receive awards from SSHRC in the same year indicates the significance of the work of York’s researchers and their commitment to scholarly excellence.”

McGrath received the Partnership Award from the SSHRC, which is given to a partnership that through mutual cooperation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence both within and beyond the social sciences and humanities research centre.

As a professor in the School of Social Work in the faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, her work in leading the Refugee Research Network (RRN) has resulted in a successful research partnership that works to improve the well-being of refugees and forced migrants. The RRN, which was originally called A Canadian Refugee Research Network: Globalizing Knowledge, was awarded a $2.1 million SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Clusters Grant in 2008.

Director of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies from 2004 to 2012, McGrath was awarded the Order of Canada in 2014 for her contributions to refugee rights’ research and policy, as well as for nurturing scholarly collaborations.

A professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and the director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, Gaetz received the SSHRC Connection Award for his work to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge both within and beyond the academic community. The award is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the community on a particular subject, generating intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.

He has played a leading international role in knowledge mobilization in the area of homelessness. York University played host to 2005’s Canadian Conference on Homelessness – the first research conference of its kind in Canada.

Gaetz is the lead author of the State of Homelessness in Canada (2013; 2014) as well as two recent reports on youth homelessness: A Safe and Decent Place to Live: Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth (2014) and Coming of Age: Reimagining our Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada (2014).

Prior to his time at York University, Gaetz worked in the Community Health Sector, both at street youth health clinic Shout Clinic and Queen West Community Health Centre.

The annual Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements from outstanding researchers, students and research partners in social sciences and humanities research, research training, knowledge mobilization and scholarship funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

The awards were announced Monday, Nov. 16 at a reception in Ottawa.

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