$1.75m grant for study of ‘social enterprises’
A U of S research team has been awarded $1.75 million by the country’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study social enterprises. It’s the largest SSHRC grant ever given at this University.
The team, led by Lou Hammond Ketilson, Director of the U of S Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (CSC), will investigate how social economy enterprises help build more respectful relationships within communities, with the environment, and among stakeholders. These enterprises include not-for-profits, co-operatives, community economic development organizations, community-based organizations, and other volunteer-sector initiatives.
“This grant is a strong endorsement of our unique capabilities in social sciences and humanities research,” said U of S President Peter MacKinnon. “In Saskatchewan, the ‘social economy’ is part of our sense of place, our history of working together for the common good through co-operatives, volunteerism, and other community initiatives.”
The project is part of a five-year national study of social economy enterprises. It will support 13 graduate and 15 undergraduate students, and provide funds for 22 summer research assistantships and an additional 23 stipends for students working in community-based placements.
“Our proposal was successful because it is interdisciplinary and based on innovative university-community partnerships,” said Ketilson, an associate professor of management and marketing. The project is co-ordinated through the CSC and the Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR).
The research involves 24 academics from 10 disciplines and 12 universities, as well as 33 community partners and other national and international organizations across British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Ontario, and the U.S.
One of six regional research nodes across the country, the Saskatchewan-led project has long-standing working relationships with most of the other successful applicants in SSHRC’s social economy funding initiative.