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Michelle Dion receives SSHRC funding to study gender and research impact in social science

The two-year grant will fund a survey of social scientists & analysis of research impacts.

Aug 07, 2019

Scientific progress is premised on making use of and improving upon the best research, and evidence-based policy making requires high-quality research and confidence that biases do not interfere with measures of quality. Yet in the social sciences, research by women is less likely to be cited in the news, in course outlines, and even in other research papers than research by men. Is this due to gender bias? Or, is it because women tend to study topics and use approaches that are not as central to disciplinary debates? 

Dr. Michelle Dion’s new SSHRC Insight Development Grant will help her answer these questions. She will survey full-time, Canadian faculty members in anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology to learn more about their career trajectories and research publication strategies. She will also analyze the citation patterns in articles published since 2003 in core journals in all these disciplines. 

The project will also employ first-year PhD student, Regan Johnston, and one MA student to collaborate on data collection and analysis. 

Overall, the project will be the first to thoroughly examine the gender impact gap in the social sciences, taking into account the role of methodology and its influence on impact. It will also be the first to examine Canadian social scientists’ knowledge mobilization strategies, providing crucial insights missing from most studies, which focus on U.S. researchers.