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College of Business and Economics faculty receive funding through SSHRC Insight Development Grants

Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2019

The College of Business and Economics is proud to announce that three of its faculty members have been granted SSHRC Insight Development Grants.

Congratulations to professors Kurt Annen (Department of Economics and Finance), Louise Grogan (Department of Economics and Finance) and Philippe Lassou (Department of Management), who have been collectively awarded with more than $148,000 to support their research projects.

SSHRC Insight Development Grants support postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization in the fields of the social sciences and humanities. These grants enable scholars to address complicated problems affecting human kind and societies. The announcement was made yesterday morning in Kingston, Ontario by Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science.

University of Guelph faculty received a combined $2.5 million across campus, with Insight Development Grants supporting 13 total projects. The University also received support for 37 graduate scholarships and fellowships.


See below to learn more about SSHRC funded CBE researchers.

Kurt Annen

Dr. Kurt Annen

Associate Professor, Economics
Department of Economics and Finance
Areas of specialization:
Applied Game Theory, Economic Development, New Institutional Economics, Foreign Aid


Kurt Annen has received a $60,534 grant for his research in democratization and economic growth.

“This funding will support my research on the democratization in developing countries and the impact of democracy on economics development,” Annen said. “Most of the current research focuses on the difference between non-democratic and democratic regimes. The contributions of this project is to instead focus on the difference within democracies.”

Louise Grogan

Dr. Louise Grogan

Professor, Economics
Department of Economics and Finance
Research Interests:
Labour Economics, Applied Micro


Louise Grogan has received a $30,006 grant to continue studies of Indigenous cultures, extractive colonialism and human capital in Indonesia.

“I am very pleased to have received this funding from SSHRC,” Grogan said. “I look forward to working with graduate students and digging into the archives as we continue this research project.”

Philippe Lassou

Dr. Philippe Lassou

Associate Professor, Accounting
Department of Management
Research Interests:
Francophone accounting; Link/interplay between accounting, governance and development in developing countries and disadvantaged communities; and IFRS and development


Philippe Lassou has received a $57,498 grant to expand his research on government accounting practices and public procurement in developing countries, with a focus in Africa.

“The overarching aim of this research is to improve life,” Lassou said. “It focuses on the role of financial governance within public procurement in Africa using a comparative approach between Anglophone and Francophone systems by drawing from the cases of Anglophone, Ghana and Francophone, Benin.”

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