Vision for Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences

The aim of research in the Faculty Social Sciences is to produce theory and evidence that challenge and shape our understanding of the conditions that promote thriving societies at local, national, and global levels. We aim to achieve excellence in research that has local and global impact in two cross-cutting research themes – “la francophonie” and Indigenous research – and our five focus research areas:

  1. Social Justice, Equity, Social Groups, and Inclusion
  2. Health and Human Development
  3. Governance, Policy and Open Societies
  4. Environment, Sustainability and Society
  5. Media, Technology and Society

In order to help promote these research areas within the Faculty, the University and beyond, we have invited researchers to represent these priorities as champions of their importance and value. In addition, the five research priorities adopted by the Faculty align with the Strategic Areas of Research chosen by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, as well as uOttawa's strategic plan, Transformation 2030.

Learn about our champions and their research with our video series.

To achieve our research goals and fulfill our vision, the Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes the importance of, and supports, a wide range of research-related activities, including:

  • Theory Development
  • Basic Research
  • Field and Applied Research
  • Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Knowledge Mobilization