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What we offer

The CSSRP offers training and learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff, the community and professional organizations. The Centre also provides expert research support services and sponsors speakers series designed to break down disciplinary silos and mobilize social science research to the wider community.

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    Research Services

    Our team can help businesses, non-profits, government and academics achieve their research goals. We offer research services for hire including design consultations, ethics, data collection and analysis, staff training and more.

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    Our workshops aim to enhance training and professional development for students, UM faculty and staff, professional organizations and the broader Manitoba community. All workshops offer unique opportunities to engage in practical, applied and experiential learning in a variety of topics related to research methodologies and policy-related issues.

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    Speakers and Outreach Series

    The Social Science Speakers Series highlights outstanding social science research at UM and creates opportunities for social scientists-both students and faculty-to learn about one another's research. The Public Policy Talks Series provides outreach opportunities for UM academics to present and discuss their research within the wider community in Manitoba.

For more information on any of our offerings, or to be added to our mailing list, please email us at

Upcoming events

  • Check back for our calendar of 2023-2024 workshops and events.

Who we are


Executive Director

Dr. Shayna Plaut

Dr. Shayna Plaut‘s work sits at the intersection of academia, journalism and advocacy focusing on ethics, methods and self-representation in journalism and transnational advocacy. 

Shayna has extensive experience designing, leading, consulting and evaluating qualitative and mixed methods research projects globally and locally including but not limited to: Amnesty International, the Global Reporting Centre, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - MB and the Manitoba Non Profit Housing Association. Shayna has served as the Research Manager for Strangers at Home, a project of the Global Reporting Centre, which has won numerous journalistic and human rights awards, since 2014.

Since 2015 Shayna's scholarship and teaching has increasingly focused on research methods and ethics when engaging in social justice/human rights work. This includes teaching courses on Research Methods and Ethics at University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Simon Fraser University. Since 2004, Shayna has developed and taught a large array of courses focused on the framing of social justice and human rights and including designing some of the first courses focused on the ethics and methods of human rights work in Canada. In addition, Shayna teaches courses on migration, qualitative research methods, social inequalities and human rights journalism.

Shayna received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, did her post-doc at Simon Fraser University, her MA from University of Chicago and is as proud Alum of Antioch College. Shayna is a frequent contributor to local, Canadian and international media.

Academic Director

Dr. Royce Koop
Political Studies

Dr. Royce Koop is a Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Coordinator of the Canadian Studies program. He joined CSSRP as Academic Director in 2021. Dr. Koop is a keen user of a range of methodologies in his research in Political Science, from participant observation, to interviews, to original surveys and statistical analysis. He also contributes to public discourse on policy issues in Manitoba and Canada through regular commentary in the media as well as analysis columns in the Winnipeg Free Press.

The position is held by a full-time faculty member with an established reputation in social science research methodology and policy development. The Academic Director is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The term of the Academic Director is normally five years, renewable. The roles and responsibilities of the Academic Director include, but are not limited to: overseeing all activities of the CSSRP; liaise with internal and external stakeholders; planning and budgeting of resources; coordinate with other administrators and leaders toward collaboration efforts especially in regard to training, professional development, and research initiatives; and develop educational courses/materials to meet Faculty curriculum goals.


Sana Amjad, Qualtrics / Survey Designer

Sana is a research driven economist and public policy leader with more than 12 years of experience in public service and humanitarian aid work. As a researcher, Sana conducts projects based on evidence-based assessments, surveys, public consultations, cost benefit analysis and impact evaluations. Being proficient in quantitative data analysis, she utilizes data informed techniques to provide recommendations that could help improve vulnerable communities in Canada. Sana is a strong education professional with a MA in Economics and currently pursuing a PhD in Community Health Science with a focus on families with a low income.  In addition to her position with the CSSRP, Sana works for the Province of Manitoba.

Dr. Francis Dzikpe, Quantitative Researcher and Analyst

Francis holds a PhD in Economics from UM and currently works as a Sessional Instructor/Lecturer at the Department of Economics, UM and the School of Business, Assiniboine Community College, Brandon.  Francis joined CSSRP in April 2023. Francis’ main research interests are in the field of macroeconomics, applied econometrics, international finance and development economics. Francis has extensive experience in quantitative research, data analysis and exploration using different statistical software programs. In addition, Francis is able to work with both qualitative and quantitative data to generate results that are easy to understand by a variety of audiences so they can be used to address pressing, tangible, concerns and solutions.

Steven Nuss, Quantitative Researcher

Holding a Master of Arts from Simon Fraser University, Steven Nuss (he/him) has experience and leadership in academia, strategic policy development, advocacy and government relations and strategic communications and stakeholder engagement. Steven’s work focusses broadly on Canadian institutions, political behaviour and quantitative methodology including experience in a variety of statistical software. In addition to "crunching the numbers," he also has a keen ability to have them make sense to a wider audience through developing and delivering workshops for the CSSRP.

Dr. Ardith McGeown Plant, Qualitative Researcher

Ardith has extensive experience in public education and post-secondary education, with a focus on research and policy analysis, including leadership and management roles in education, the public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the CSSRP, Ardith was a Senior Research Associate, Education and Skills with The Conference Board of Canada. She also worked as a Consultant for the Commission on K-12 Education in Manitoba and a Researcher with the School Matters Project with the Manitoba Department of  Education.  In addition, Ardith serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Winnipeg, where she teaches courses in public administration, public policy and research design. She has also taught many post-secondary courses at UM, University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University and Red River College. Upon completing her Doctor of Education (EdD) from the Werklund School of Education at University of Calgary, Ardith received a Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration. 

Chris Campbell, ABD (Consultant)

Chris (he/him) is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, UM, focusing on 2SLGBTQIA+ topics and education policy and reform. He has worked as the CSSRP’s Qualtrics trainer and research specialist since 2020, programming dozens of surveys and holding numerous trainings for the Centre. Chris has worked on the Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-inclusive Education, the RISE Project on 2SLGBTQ+-expansive Teacher Education, and the Second National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools. 

Board and affiliates

Advisory Board

The CSSRP Advisory Board provides consultations for the Academic Director on matters relating to the operation and governance of the CSSRP.

The board consists of nine faculty members appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Board members normally serve three years.

The composition of the committee reflects the diversity of the social sciences in the Faculty of Arts, not just with respect to its departments and units, but also to its research methodologies and perspectives.

Dr. Kathleen Buddle

Dr. Laura Funk
Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Danielle Gaucher

Dr. Jesse Hajer
Economics/Labour Studies

Dr. Steve Lecce
Political Studies

Dr. Veronica Loureiro-Rodriguez

Dr. Gregory Mason

Dr. Melanie Soderstrom

Dr. Lori Wilkinson
Sociology and Criminology

Research Affiliates (Faculty of Arts)

Jason Edgerton
Sociology and Criminology
Youth mental health; youth substance and behavioural additions; education and work; social determinants of health; quantitative research methods

Laura Funk
Sociology and Criminology
Aging and social determinants; paid and unpaid care work; death and dying; qualitative and interpretive methods

Jesse Hajer
Labour Studies
Social impact bonds; the political economy of social policy, privatization and financialization; the social economy and community economic development; the political economy of Manitoba

Verònica Rodriguez-Loureiro
Language contact; code-switching; Spanish as a heritage language; global hip hop

Kathrine Starzyk
Reconcilization; solidarity; intergroup relations; collective action; personality; psychometrics

Roberta Woodgate
Sociology and Criminology
College of Nursing
Addressing the needs and improving the well-being of underserved youth and their families undergoing challenging life events, including studies investigating the experiences and solutions for youth transitioning through vulnerable contexts. 

Research Affiliates (other faculties/disciplines)

Sarah Cooper
Faculty of Architecture
Department of City Planning
Housing security and the policy structures that shape access to housing and housing security. Areas of interest: housing, social policy, community planning, Indigenous planning.

David Delay
Faculty of Social Work
Violence in intimate relationships; social work practices addressing mental health; contemplative practices and their application in social work education and professional practice; the demand side of sexual exploitation.

Emme Pijl
College of Nursing
Clinical and social value of harm reduction programs for people engaging in problematic substance use. Social policy and perspectives on harm reduction for substance use disorders.

Rusty Souleymanov
Faculty of Social Work
Department of Community Health Sciences
HIV/AIDS community-based research; queer and trans men's health; racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities and health; critical social work and public health.

Kendra Nixon
Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse (RESOLVE)
Family violence; gender-based violence.

Lindsay Larios
Faculty of Social Work
Citizenship and immigration in the Canadian context, in particular, as it intersects with family and reproductive politics and policies. Her most recent work focuses on the politics of pregnancy and childbirth and precarious migration as an issue of reproductive justice.

Ee-Seul Yoon
Faculty of Education
Department of Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology
How the marketization and privatization of education impact equity, diversity, decolonization, and inclusion in Canadian education systems. Examinations of the multiple inequities facing diverse learners with disadvantages in settler-colonial society in the era of neoliberalism. 

Meagan King
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Improving the health and well-being of humans and animals. Relationships between farm management, farmer well-being and cow welfare on dairy farms in western Canada and Ontario.

Research Affiliate FAQ

  1. Can students become research affiliates?

    At this time, students do not qualify to become research affiliates. Student fees for all training programs and workshops are already discounted. If students wish to access Qualtrics, they must be sponsored by a faculty member who is a Research Affiliate.

  2. Can non-UM faculty become a research affiliate?

    Yes! Non-UM faculty can become CSSRP research affiliates that are external to the University. External research affiliates, however, do not qualify for use of Qualtrics, but they enjoy all of the additional benefits of membership.

  3. Can non-academic community members become research affiliates?

    Yes and No. Organizations can become community affiliates, but individuals without an academic affiliation cannot become members. There is an annual fee for membership, which is based on a sliding scale depending on the size of organization and whether it is a not-for-profit or for-profit organization. Email for more information.

Research consultation and assistance

Services offered and fees

Our staff and affiliates have extensive experience with a number of different research methodologies and are able to assist with tasks including:

  • Conceptualization/research design
  • Instrument design
  • Data collection
  • Analysis
  • Reporting
  • Research mobilization

We are committed to community based research that can inform and shape policies, particularly focusing on people and populations that are often overlooked. We have strong relations with researchers who work with arts-based methods and Indigenous methodologies. 

We provide methodological assistance to communities internal and external to UM with the objective of:

  • Improving the quality of program implementation
  • Promoting the collection and use of program impact data
  • Fostering proactive planning for long-term program sustainability

Examples of services include:

  • Sample and instrument design
  • Assisting with database creation and translating the numbers into narratives
  • Funding applications
  • Ethics applications
  • Formative or program evaluation
  • Data analysis in quantitative and qualitative analyses
  • One-off or ongoing consultation



CSSRP gratefully accepts donations from individuals, corporations and other organizations which help support its vision, goals and objectives. Donors will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

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Contact us

Centre for Social Science Research and Policy
Temporary address:
Room 252B, St. Paul's College
70 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2