September 27, 2004

SSHRC-funded research will study international environmental agreements

MONTREAL, QUE-The federal government is investing more than $26 million in Quebec-based research projects in the social sciences, humanities, business, education and law, through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Standard Research Grants program. Grants of up to $250,000 over three years have been awarded to individual researchers and small teams at 18 Quebec universities. Among the funded projects is a $43 000 study of "The Stability of International Environmental Agreements," led by Concordia University economics professor Effrosyni Diamantoudi. Despite a decade of intense international negotiations on such environmental problems as ozone depletion, climate change and marine pollution, few substantive agreements have been reached. Even when countries do successfully negotiate environmental agreements, the small number of signatories severely compromises what these agreements can achieve. This project will examine the relationship between environmental and other economic and political issues, with a view to developing strategies for enhancing participation in these vital international agreements. Across Canada, the Standard Research Grants program awarded a total of $86 million in support of 947 projects, making this year's competition the largest in SSHRC's history. More information is available on the SSHRC's Web site,
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