8 July 2015

From funding new cancer drugs for Canadian children to the impact of social media on youth empathy, the exceptional research of our 2015 Trudeau scholars is pressing, ground-breaking and getting noticed. Delve into stories, interviews and discussions sparked worldwide by their pressing work in the humanities and social sciences.

Making waves

Trudeau scholar Rebeccah Nelems of the University of Victoria is researching the relationship between social media and teen empathy. Listen to her discussion on CBC Radio with Gregor Craigie or catch up on the many sides to this social issue in Yahoo! News and Vancouver Sun.

Meaghan Thumath is seeking to improve access to primary healthcare for indigenous women. Catch her talking about her work in the Vancouver Sun or UBC.

Meanwhile, Anelyse Weiler of University of Toronto is looking into how current approaches to food production not only "perpetuate many of the environmental threats challenging us but also intensify migrant farm workers’ precarious lives in Canada." Read SFU's story about her work.

Yale University is home to three Trudeau scholars this year. While Benjamin Perryman studies happiness to propose a way that Canadian court decisions might better reflect the needs and aspirations of all citizens, including the marginalized, Samara Brock is looking at Canada’s role in assessing and addressing the domestic and international impact of mining activities on agriculture and food security. Meanwhile, Caroline Lieffers is exploring how disabilities helped nation-building in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Read what Yale News had to say about their work.

Over at the University of Guelph, Jennifer Jones has been making waves with her research on human health impacts of mine developments in the Canadian North. Check out an interview with Jones on 570 News.

Does climate change magnify gender inequality? That's what 2015 Trudeau scholar Tahnee Prior is questioning at the University of Waterloo. Read an in-depth piece on her work at the University of Waterloo

Erin Aylward, who calls her Trudeau scholarship a "game changer," is exploring LGBTQ advocacy movements globally, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. "Over the past decade, we've seen inspiring gains as well as some frightening push-back against LGBTQ rights in different contexts around the world and I'm interested in better understanding which factors influence local and global advocacy movements," says Aylward in the Memorial University news

2015 Scholar Bailey Gerrits is working to rid the world of gender-based violence. “The award is a huge confidence boost in my research and it really motivates me to continue my work,” says Ms. Gerrits. “The fact that I know people have to live in these conditions also motivates me to continue.” Read more in a Queen's University interview

Meanwhile, Jennifer Peirce is researching prison reform processes, alternatives to incarceration and re-entry issues in the framework of broader criminal justice system reforms, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Carleton University interviews here in a great article.

Missed the 2015 Scholar announcement? Catch up with the work of all of our exceptional Trudeau scholars online or follow us on Twitter or #2015Scholars for more updates! 

Rebeccah Nelems

Rebeccah Nelems (sociology and cultural, social and political thought, University of Victoria) is studying empathy in young people and how it affects their concept of responsible citizenship, their civic engagement, and their social interactions.

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Meaghan Thumath

Meaghan Thumath (social policy and intervention, University of Oxford) is a public health and outreach nurse seeking to understand the effects of child removal on marginalized women in Canada.

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Anelyse Weiler

Anelyse Weiler (sociology, University of Toronto) wants to understand how the perspectives of migrant farmworkers in North America on environmental, health, and equity issues can inform local and international efforts to realize more sustainable food systems.

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Benjamin Perryman

Benjamin Perryman (law, Yale University) is applying the emerging science of happiness to ways that Canadian justice might better reflect the needs and aspirations of all citizens, including the marginalized.

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Caroline Lieffers

Caroline Lieffers (history of science and medicine, Yale University) is studying the relationship between disability and citizenship in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States to better understand how diverse groups of people can contribute to a nation’s goals.

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Samara Brock

Samara Brock (Environmental Studies, Yale University) is examining organizations that are attempting to transform the future of the global food system.

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Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones (geography, University of Guelph) is looking for the best method of assessing the effects of mining industry development on the health and wellness of Aboriginal communities in northern Canada.

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Tahnee Prior

Tahnee Prior (global governance, University of Waterloo) hopes to define a new governance framework that will address the emerging and complex issues caused by climate change, resource extraction, migration, and potential inter-state conflict in the Arctic.

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Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward (political science, University of Toronto) is analyzing the influence of advocacy and international diplomacy on public opinion and political action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Bailey Gerrits

Bailey Gerrits (political studies, Queen’s University) is examining media coverage of domestic violence and the way that Canadian media seem to portray this phenomenon as “un-Canadian.”

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Jennifer Peirce

Jennifer Peirce (criminal justice, City University of New York) is exploring how prison governance reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last twenty years have influenced detention conditions and rehabilitation initiatives.

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Ben Verboom

Ben Verboom (social intervention, University of Oxford) is seeking to better understand and encourage the use of science in global health policymaking by Canadian and international institutions.

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Avram Denburg

Avram Denburg (health policy, McMaster University) is attempting to develop a framework for making decisions about public funding for new medicines to treat childhood cancers in Canada.

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Andréanne LeBrun

Andréanne LeBrun (history, Université de Sherbrooke) is studying the effects of various models of citizenship and political engagement taught in Quebec schools in the 20th century.

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William Hébert

William Hébert (social-cultural anthropology, University of Toronto) is investigating the emergence of trans-affirming policies and projects for trans prisoners in Canada, and asking what they reveal about the conditions of, and limits to, inclusion.

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Marie-France Fortin

Marie-France Fortin (legal studies, University of Cambridge) is studying the historical principle of state sovereign immunity and investigating the hypothesis that limiting or abolishing this immunity might be more in line with the democratic principles of society today.

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