Two CIRM members receive funding for their COVID-19 research


Published: 29Sep2020

In response to the current health crisis, the latest Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Partnership Engagement Grants competition included a special initiative for research related to COVID-19. More than $3 million was awarded to 139 projects across the country. CIRM is proud to announce that two of its members have received funding as principal investigators and will contribute to efforts to address the challenges posed by the pandemic in their respective fields.

Guillaume Éthier, a regular member of our “Mobility, planning and environment” axis, is professor in the Department of Urban and Tourism Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He received $25,000 for his research project entitled Le placemaking comme moyen de relancer les espaces publics dans l'après-COVID-19, in partnership with La Pépinière Espaces Collectifs.

Kevin Manaugh, co-director of our “Governance, institutions and citizen participation” axis, is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and School of Environment at McGill University. He was awarded $25,000 for his research project entitled The well-being and equity implications of local accessibility under COVID-19, in partnership with Vivre en ville. He also participates as co-researcher in the project Le transport actif des enfants en temps de pandémie : quels aménagements pour des environnements scolaires sécuritaires? ($23,360) led by Marie-Soleil Cloutier of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, in partnership with the City of Montreal.


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