Research at the school

On the strength of Canada's two major intellectual traditions, anglophone and francophone, the Faculty of Social Sciences stands as a centre of excellence in knowledge creation, research and training. Driven by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, research at the Faculty is at once rich, innovative and varied, contributing to the depth and breadth of discussions on current issues here and elsewhere. And whether fundamental, theoretical, applied or action-oriented (action research), this research stems from proven expertise—most notably in Canada's Francophonie—and greatly influences individual communities and society in general.

In step with contemporary society on both the national and international fronts, the Faculty of Social Sciences fosters social innovation, creates and shares knowledge, promotes public policy development and builds research partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as community organizations.

Simon Lapierre

“Turning university research into a children’s book”

To paint a fuller picture of children living with domestic violence, Social Work Professor Simon Lapierre did what no one before had ever done: ask children to talk about what they’re experiencing and write a book … for children.
Turning university research into a children’s book

Research chairs, groups and laboratories

Research groups

Montreal Canadiens

“Le Canadien de Montréal. Une légende repensée.”

(PDF, 9.5 MB, in French) This book studies the phenomenon that is the Canadiens de Montréal. Written for the sport's fan as well as the academic, it argues that popular cultural objects provide fodder for the researcher interested in collective behavior.
Le Canadien de Montréal. Une légende repensée.

Why research in social work?

This field involves using social work skills and practices to create social change and find solutions to problems involving vulnerable individuals. As well as contribute to the ability of societies, communities, groups and individuals to improve the conditions in which individuals live as well as the overall well-being of the population. Through the use of critical and reflexive theories of social work and human behaviour, social work engages social institutions, structures and people.

A degree in social work at the University of Ottawa provides a unique opportunity for students to study a critical approach to intervention practices in the fields of health and family-childhood, while taking into account the current realities faced by francophones in a minority context.

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Person looking through window

Regards critiques sur la maternité dans divers contextes sociaux

(PDF, 7.2 MB, in French) Our society often idealises motherhood. The authors question this view as well as the stereotype of the "good" mother and the unrealistic demands placed on women, while providing avenues for health and social workers.
Regards critiques sur la maternité dans divers contextes sociaux

Contact us

School of Social Work

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 12002
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5494

[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday 
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic our services and our personnel are also available by MS Teams and by email.

The Social Sciences (FSS) and Vanier (VNR) buildings will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and collaboration.