Perceptions of Change Project



Perceptions of Change in Atlantic Canadian Cities

Some of the most rapidly changing cities in Canada are in Atlantic Canada. This five year Social Science and Humanities Research Council funded project looks at perceptions of neighbourhood change in Halifax, Moncton, St John's and Charlottetown. It does so in order to better understand how Atlantic Canadians understand and navigate those changes. This is done by comparing changes in Statistics Canada data and comparing them to survey and focus group data collected by the project's research team.

Atlantic Canadian Immigration Trends

This project is a collaboration between Yoko Yoshida and Howard Ramos at Dalhousie University. It looks at immigrant profiles to Atlantic Canada and their economic outcomes using administrative data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database. The project also examines issues of immigrant retention and integration across immigration pathways.

Simple Index Project

Most studies of neighbourhood-level change focus on one or a few dimensions at a time. Far fewer researchers examine multi-dimensional change and those who do tend to focus on one neighbourhood or area of a city at a time and use sophisticated research methodology that is inaccessible to those without specialized skills. This project develops a "simple" index of change, which systematically measures the economic, social and cultural, and physical dimensions simultaneously to assess what parts of the cities are changing most relative to others. The project explores considerations in constructing indexes and how to create them so that they are relevant to NGOs, policy makers and the general public.

State Funding Project

Increasingly academics, policy makers and activists claim that the lines between mainstream and protest politics are increasingly blurring. To see whether this is the case, this project examines the relationship between state funding and Indigenous, environmental and women's organizations between the 1960s and present. The goal of the project is to build a public digital archive of funding of these organizations looking at funds from the federal government, the provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and various municipalities. It is the first systematic examination of the state funding for advocacy organization in Canada.

Atlantic Canadians' Opinion on Cultural Difference

Atlantic Canada is facing a demographic crisis in that it is experiencing mass outmigration and a rapidly ageing population. The region is stereotyped as being averse to change, unwelcome to outsiders, and stuck in their ways, however polling in the region states just the opposite. Using Statistics Canada's General Social Survey cycle 27, this project aims to understand Atlantic Canadians' attitudes towards cultural difference to find out which is true. Specifically, attitudes towards institutions that promote diversity, towards people with different backgrounds, and the discrimination experienced over the span of five years in the region are examined.

Women's Civic and Political Engagement in Atlantic Canada

This project uses Statistics Canada's General Social Survey (GSS) - Cycle 27 on Social Identity data to look at women's political and civic engagement in Atlantic Canada. The project uses data through the Atlantic Research Data Centre at Dalhousie University. It aims to compare men and women's civic and political engagement to see what accounts for differences among genders and regions.

Geographic Determinants of Canadian Political and Civic Engagement

This project uses confidential Statistics Canada data to determine how location influences Canadians' political and civic engagement. Regions, cities, and neighbourhoods (where appropriate) with varying demographic compositions and the social bonds between residents are compared to determine how geography affects residents' political activity and civic engagement. More specifically, this research examines how the ethnic and immigrant makeup, religious affiliation, home ownership, trust, social boundedness, and sense of belonging in an area influences participation in civic groups, volunteerism, interest in politics, voting, and other political activities.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)