Lambton College receives funding for two new social science applied research projects

SARNIA, October 10, 2018 – Lambton College has secured funding to support two new social science applied research projects.

Funded through the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) program, both projects are being conducted in collaboration with community partners and focus on social sciences, an emerging research area at the College.

The first project in partnership with the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton, led by Ruth Guerts, aims to develop and apply research methodology to gather data and measure the extent of human trafficking in the region, with specific interest in the role a border community places on the prevalence of human trafficking.

“To date, Sarnia-Lambton has little data to support the presence of human trafficking in the community,” says Michelle Batty, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton. “However, agencies in the community, such as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre have seen firsthand victims of human trafficking accessing our programs and resources.”

Batty says the research findings, recommendations and programs developed from this project will be shared with other communities to increase local, provincial and national awareness of human trafficking across the country in order to better protect and prevent vulnerable populations from falling victim to human trafficking crimes.

The second project will involve the support of Sarnia-Lambton’s three First Nation communities, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Walpole Island First Nation, and Aamjiwaang First Nation. This project, led by Samantha Elijah, will work to determine the level of economic leakage occurring within the aforementioned communities, providing detailed insight into social, cultural and economic barriers facing these communities and solutions to develop increased business support and entrepreneurial activities to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic stability.

“Aamjiwnaang partnered with Lambton College last year and offered an excellent entrepreneur program on the First Nation,” says Chris Plain, Chief, Aamjiwnaang First Nation. “We are pleased to work together to build on that success by participating in the economic leakage study to assist our entrepreneurs in overcoming barriers so that they can realize their business ventures.”

Lambton College’s Applied Research, Entrepreneurship & Innovation department has built a strong network of research partners and has access to an exceptional research team to develop projects from a variety of sectors in many research areas, including social sciences. These two latest projects will help the College’s Applied Research portfolio expand in this area, with results benefiting the local community, and others across the country.

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Lambton College
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