Current Research

SSHRC Insight Grant

To flourish, societies must develop creative solutions to pressing social issues. Yet in the face of system failures, like poverty or gender inequity, societies often cling to familiar policies and procedures-sometimes even when they are known to be ineffective-rather than generate truly novel solutions. Dr. Gaucher was recently awarded a SSHRC Insight grant to conduct research that will help answer questions such as: Why, in times of system failures-when people should be most motivated to think of creative solutions-is creativity stifled? And perhaps even more importantly, how can we increase people’s ability to generate creative solutions to pressing social issues of the day?

As part of this line of research we created a Creativity and Innovation Dictionary for use with the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count Program. This dictionary can be used to analyze your targeted corpus of text and provide information on the proportion of creativity and innovation words (Neufeld & Gaucher, 2017).

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SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Across Canada, approximately 39% of water systems and 14% of sanitation systems in First Nations communities are classified as ‘high risk’. About 3,400 First Nations homes do not have indoor plumbing, and more than 100 First Nations communities are under a drinking water advisory.

Dr. Gaucher is a member of the Water Rights Research Consortium that has been recently awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant (PDG) for The right to clean water in First Nations: The most precious gift.

Along with other members of the Public Engagement cluster, Dr. Gaucher will investigate what advocacy strategies First Nations peoples would find acceptable and explore Canadians’ attitudes toward the issue through interviews, online nationally representative surveys, experimental studies using video clips and an innovative Photovoice project.

The overall project is led by University of Manitoba Law Professor Karen Busby, who heads the Centre for Human Rights Research. Other project partners include Amnesty International, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Brock University, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. and the Public Interest Law Centre.  More information on the project can be found at Water Rights Research Consortium.

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.

- Cesar Chavez