Regroupements stratégiques

Regroupements stratégiques grants awarded to members of the Faculty of Arts in 2008 and 2011.

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Elisabeth Gidengil, Political Science


image of elisabeth gidengil Elisabeth Gidengil
Centre pour l'étude de la citoyenneté démocratique (CECD)
Amount awarded: $1,626,448 (in 2011)
Keywords: democratic citizenship, civic engagement, representation, political communication, immigrant adaptation, social cohesion

This grant provides funding for the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. The Centre brings together an exceptional group of scholars from five Québec universities with the aim of developing a world-class research centre for the study of democratic citizenship. Its full members are drawn from economics, geography, neuroscience and sociology as well as communication and political science, and its collaborator members include internationally renowned scholars. The Centre’s research program is designed to bring a cross-disciplinary perspective to bear on the challenges facing democratic citizenship in a rapidly changing world. The program is organized around three interrelated axes: civic engagement; citizens and democratic representation; and diversity and democratic citizenship. Our research will enable the Centre to develop its reputation for excellence in the study of democratic citizenship while advancing scientific understanding of questions that are preoccupying scholars here and abroad. At the same time, our research promises to make significant contributions to the development of public policy and to inform public debate on the challenges confronting democratic citizenship. Participation in this unique research program will also provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an unparalleled opportunity to acquire training in advanced statistical techniques as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. As a result, they will be thoroughly prepared for tenure-track university appointments and policy research positions in the public and private sectors requiring high-level quantitative and research design skills. The Centre values the exchange of knowledge and knowhow with practitioners and members of society and knowledge mobilization will be an integral part of its activities.

Amount awarded : $239,220 (in 2008)

This strategic grouping of researchers, led by Professor Gidengil, will bring scholars from four Québec universities together to create a world-class research centre for the study of democratic citizenship. The team is convinced that bringing scholars together from both Communications and Political Science departments will result in the Centre bringing a cross-disciplinary perspective to the challenges facing democratic citizenship in a rapidly changing world. The development plan has been designed to enable the Centre to build on the tradition of excellence at Québec's universities in the field of democratic citizenship by promoting collaborative research of the highest international standards, securing external funding for large-scale international research projects, providing an enriched and stimulating training environment, and contributing to the dialogue both in Canada and abroad between scholars, practitioners and the public on strengthening democracy. Participation in the Centre's research program will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to acquire training in advanced statistical techniques as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. With outreach to the broader public as one of the Centre's priorities, the members want their work to be easily available to a large audience, both here and abroad. Key findings will be communicated to the public through newspaper articles in the French and English language press. The Centre also plans to develop a website where people around the globe who are interested in questions of democratic citizenship can meet the members of the Centre, learn about their research, participate in on-line discussion groups, and view webcasts of their public events and media appearances.

Key words: democratic citizenship, electoral behavior, immigrant adaptation, immigrant incorporation, political communication, political engagement, social cohesion