Desmarais Hall

The Research Office

Goals of the research office

One of the core duties of a university professor is to carry out research. Research is crucial to the development and testing of knowledge, and the kind of independent and objective research that can be carried out in a university environment plays an important role within our society. Moreover, much of the grant funding obtained by faculty researchers translates directly into employment for students. In turn, this enhances the students’ law school experience by giving them hands-on training with research sources and methodologies. Research funding is crucial as well to supporting students in a time of rising tuition and mounting student debt.

The role of the Research Office is to work closely with researchers, administrators, institutional partners, and funding organizations within Canada and abroad to encourage and support the successful engagement of its bilingual faculty in research. Its specific responsibilities include the provision of support and strategic direction for faculty members applying for research-related funding, research award and prize submissions, and Canada Research Chair (CRC) nominations and renewals. It also supports the distribution and management of faculty research funds, offers support for the diversification and funding of international research initiatives, and manages the selection process for faculty research awards. The Research Office also helps to profile the impressive research output of faculty members.

The Research Office has set the following priorities:

  1. To encourage and support Faculty applications for research funding, especially federal government Tri-Council funding, but also other sources of funding including the Law Foundation of Ontario, private foundations, government and international organizations.
  2. To promote the dissemination of Faculty research, both internally within the Faculty and externally to the academic community, to government, the public policy community, the media, the broader public, alumni and prospective students, both graduate and undergraduate.
  3. To assist new and junior Faculty members to develop their own research strategy, including support for their research through applicable grants and dissemination of their research.
  4. To search out new avenues of research funding to support the work of Faculty members.
  5. To promote and support the applications of Faculty members for various awards and prizes.

    Research office staff


    Penelope Simons

    Vice-Dean, Research

    [email protected]
    613-562-5800 ext. 3217

    Cintia Quiroga

    Cintia Quiroga

    Assistant Dean, Research

    Cintia Quiroga holds a Ph.D. in psychology from University of Montreal, and completed her post-doctoral training at McGill University, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She joined the Faculty of Law in 2015 and works closely with the Vice-Dean Research and Faculty members to support the development of strategic research initiatives and individual research projects at the Faculty. Dr. Quiroga brings a diverse experience in multidisciplinary research, having worked on several large-scale longitudinal research projects, including community-based research with at-risk adolescents and youth both in the Francophone and Anglophone sector. Her latest research focuses on mental health, immigrant and refugee youth.

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    Andrew Kuntze

    Andrew Kuntze

    Research Communications Strategist

    Andrew Kuntze has worked at the faculty of Law since 2008, occupying a variety of communications-related roles, and working on diverse projects ranging from alumni relations to web content strategy. He joined the Research Office in June 2015, and currently oversees the Faculty’s award nomination files, as well as all research-related communications within the Common Law Section. As of 2016, he serves as the editor of Common Law’s SSRN Working Paper Series.  Andrew holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature.

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    613-562-5800 ext. 3444

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    Natalie Carter

    Administrative Assistant, Research

    Natalie Carter joined the Research Office in 2014, providing much needed support on the Faculty’s myriad grant applications and award nomination files. Before joining the Faculty of Law, Natalie previously worked in the Research Office at the Faculty of Health Sciences for four years.

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    613-562-5800 ext. 3249


    Salvatore Digesto

    Research Advisor

    Salvatore Digesto joined the Faculty of Law’s Research Office in October 2020. As Research Advisor, his role is to provide advice and support to researchers in developing their research projects and to help promote research opportunities at the Faculty of Law. Dr. Digesto holds a doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, where he specialized in quantitative sociolinguistics. His research focuses on non-standard linguistic behaviour, particularly in Italian and French, and tackles issues related to minority languages, bilingualism, outcomes of language contact, as well as the relationship between prescription, language prestige and praxis.

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