June 17, 2019
University of Toronto Political Scientist Wendy Wong has been awarded the Canada Research Chair in Global Governance and Civil Society.
Wong, whose main research interests lie in the politics of organization, why human beings choose to act collectively, their choices to go about doing it, and the effects of those choices, said she is grateful for the opportunity to further investigate, document, and explain the significance of civil society actors in governance globally and locally. “With this CRC, I hope to foster deeper ties between the university and civil society groups in order to engage in mutually-beneficial research. Overall, my goal is to draw attention to the importance of non-state actors in shaping our everyday lives through policy and practice.”
The Canada Research Chair program was established in 2000 as a part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to promote research and development excellence in Canadian post-secondary educational institutions. Through the Canada Research Chair program, $300 million is spent annually to attract and retain outstanding scholars and scientists. The program hopes to help chairholders achieve research excellence in natural sciences, engineering, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences, improve Canada’s depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen the country’s international competitiveness and train personnel through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers’ work.
Wong is just one of U of T’s 56 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. For a complete list please visit the U of T News website.