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 January 22, 1999 Volume 6, Number 9

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U of S professors involved in new policies-research initiative


The Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has joined forces with the federally-formed Policy Research Secretariat to fill a research gap created when the government cut back many policy-research jobs earlier this decade (see accompanying photograph below).

The initiative, being called Project on Trends, is designed to identify 'mega-trends' that will drive change in Canada into the 21st century.

University of Toronto political scientist Neil Nevitte (on the right in the photograph), the team leader of the Project's Value Change group, was here recently to pass on details about the eight national research groups that comprise the Project. The other research groups are Globalization, Integration, Technology and Science, Environment, Demographics-Aging, Centres of Power, and Social Differentiation.

To date, three U of S academics are members of the initiative.

Professors Peter Li (on the left in the photograph) and Terry Wotherspoon (with his back to the camera), both of Sociology , are members of the Project's Social Differentiation group. Professor Douglas Thorpe, of English (not shown in photograph), is a member of its Demographics-Aging group.

Wotherspoon is studying such social dichotomies as rich-poor, urban-rural, young-old, and Native and non-Native.

The group Li is part of is looking at the growth and impact of visible minorities in Canada.

Thorpe's research is on the effects on the country of an aging population.

More than 50 researchers from across the country are members of the eight groups.

For more information on Project on Trends, contact the Office of the Vice-president (research) at -8514.





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