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Sept. 5, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Two Wilfrid Laurier University researchers have been named finalists for prestigious 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Impact Awards.

Terry Mitchell, a professor in Laurier's School of International Policy and Governance, was named one of three national finalists for a $50,000 SSHRC Impact Connection Award for her work focusing on Indigenous land rights and resource governance. Jonathan S. Crush, a professor in Laurier’s School of International Policy and Governance, was named one of three finalists for a $50,000 SSHRC Impact Partnership Award for his work on food security in the global South.

"Professors Mitchell and Crush are both making a significant difference in lives around the world through their leadership in important research collaborations," said Jeffery Jones, Laurier's interim associate vice-president: research. "Both are more than deserving of this recognition."

Mitchell's work focuses on facilitating the exchange of knowledge about Indigenous land and resource management rights between Indigenous peoples, scholars, government and industry. Her efforts have brought together researchers and community members from across North America and South America to examine the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent included in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As part of her work, Mitchell has worked directly with Six Nations and other partners to launch two websites, and, and a phone app that, combined, provide the world's largest collection of resources about Free, Prior and Informed Consent available to anyone with a computer or smartphone and connection to the internet. Mitchell is also director of the Laurier Indigenous Rights and Resource Governance Research Group.

Crush's work on food security includes forming and leading the Hungry Cities Partnership, which links researchers at five Canadian universities with counterparts in eight cities in the global South to examine relationships between urban food security, migration from rural to urban areas, global governance and informal food systems. This work includes on-the-ground local collaborations and innovative data gathering techniques. The Hungry Cities Partnership is funded by SSHRC and the International Development Research Centre under the International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies program. Since its establishment in 2015, the partnership has emerged as a global research and thought leader.

Crush was also recently named Laurier’s University Research Professor for 2018-2019.

SSHRC Impact Awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC. Winners of this year's awards will be announced prior to a ceremony taking place Oct. 3 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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