Research Activity

Funded research projects

Since returning to Canada, Janet has been involved in three three-year research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The first is “Social Citizenship and the Transformation of Work” (1998-2002) where she was principal investigator collaborating with Wallace Clement and Hugh Armstrong (both of Carleton University).

The second (2008-2011) involved collaboration with a geographer, Fran Klodawsky (Carleton University), and political scientist, Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa). Entitled “Learning through difference: Multiscalar forms of feminist organizing” this research addresses new forms of political engagement with an emphasis on working with difference to improve women’s lives in cities. 

Janet’s third SSHRC grant with Professors Klodawsky and Andrew (2012-2017) is  a partnership development grant titled ‘Intersectionaltiy in Practice: Feminist Theory and Inclusive Urban Governance”. Partnering on the grant is the City of Ottawa, the community organization City for All Women Initiative/ Initiative: Une Ville pour toutes les femmes, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Other research/writing projects

In addition to current collaborative research on women‘s political engagement to create equitable and inclusive cities, Janet is involved in several other research and writing projects.
These include:  
1) Research Design – From Form to Fluidity
2) Teaching, Supervising, and Supporting PhD Students


  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
  • Loeb building,
  • Carleton University,
  • Ottawa, K1R 5B6

Dr. Janet Siltanen