Economic Sociology expert Gerard Duhaime named UH Manoa Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cindy Scheopner, (808) 956-8999
Project Coordinator, Social Sciences, Office of the Dean
Posted: Sep 27, 2016

Gerard Duhaime
Gerard Duhaime

The UHM College of Social Sciences has announced the selection of renowned economic sociology expert Gérard Duhaime as the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair. In this capacity, Duhaime’s research will focus on the economic and social inequalities in the circumpolar Arctic, and the social, economic and political conditions of Native Hawaiians. He will challenge his own analysis in dialogue with university colleagues who are involved in similar research at the Global Studies Initiatives, Department of Sociology and Indigenous Studies academic area.

“Being the first Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Social Science at UH Mānoa is a great honor. What a precious opportunity to get direct access to colleagues with parallel research interests, but in different areas of the world. This generates the great potential to compare and contrast the social realities we are studying, and to enrich our overall contribution to knowledge,” said Duhaime.

“This collaboration with Fulbright Canada allows the college to expand on its tradition of exciting, intense interaction and dialogue between students and faculty from various academic disciplines, as well as the university and the wider community. The addition of Gérard Duhaime to this mix will greatly enhance discourse and support regional cooperation efforts on issues including climate change, indigenous issues, and international strategy and policy,” said Denise Eby Konan, dean of the College of Social Sciences.

Duhaime is a Professor of Sociology at Université Laval (Canada), chair holder of the Canada Research Chair on Comparative Aboriginal Condition. He received a doctorate in Sociology and a master’s degree in Political Science.

He has authored several books and papers in the field of economic sociology mainly related to the circumpolar world, including “Monetary Poverty in Inuit Nunangat” (Arctic, 2015) and Arctic Food Security (CCI Press, 2008). One of the leading scientists of the SLiCA-International program, he has also served as President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, member of the International Polar Year Planning Committee, and senior scientific advisor or visiting researcher in several institutions in Germany, Finland, Iceland, India and the United States.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his field, Duhaime has received the Northern Science Award, Centenary Medal, and Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society as a member of the Canadian National IPY Committee.

The Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair was established by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, in partnership with Fulbright Canada. Housed in the College of Social Sciences under a five-year arrangement that began this fall with the selection of Duhaime, the program will support regional cooperation on issues including energy and the environment, Asia Pacific engagement, indigenous issues, ICT, health disparities, policy and migration.

Canadian scholars seeking information about the UH Mānoa Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair may contact Ivy Yeung, CSS international programs coordinator, at (808) 956-6070 or Deadline to apply for the September-December 2017 or January-April 2018 visiting research chair is November 15, 2016.

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context. Its student-centered environment is dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it prepares students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai‘i and Asia.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded international academic exchange and public diplomacy programs in the world. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright, the program is dedicated to increasing mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. Today there are approximately 360,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 160 countries throughout the world, including: 54 Fulbright alumni from 14 countries who have been awarded the Nobel Prize; 29 alumni who are MacArthur Foundation Fellows; 82 alumni who have received Pulitzer Prizes; and 33 alumni who have served as heads of state or government.