Roads to Research: Doctor of Social Sciences Students

12:00PM to 1:00PM March 14, 2018
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Roads to Research: Doctor of Social Sciences Students

The Office of Research Services is pleased to invite you to a series of Roads to Research presentations by students in the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads. There will be a total of eight presentations on March 14 and March 21 in the Quarterdeck. There will be 4 student presentations at each event.

On Wednesday, March 14 from noon to 1 p.m., Roads to Research will include the following presentations:

Kelly Frankson: Enabling frontline leaders to facilitate an environment that promotes psychological health and safety

Abstract: As intuitive as creating healthy workplaces seems, many organizations struggle to improve employees’ psychological health and safety.  Since contextual factors vary from one workplace to the next, healthy work practices are hard to replicate; there is no one size fits all model.  The literature describes many factors for successful workplace health promotion, but often results are sourced from evaluations of wellness programs.  Less well understood are the other features of an organization that contribute to employee health.  The literature also reveals the critical role frontline leaders play in enabling organization change efforts; however, the frontline leaders role related to improving psychological health and safety has not been examined.  My dissertation reviews the literature defining healthy workplaces, presents leading theories to improve workplace health and explores how frontline leaders at Vancouver Coastal Health can facilitate an environment that promotes psychological health and safety for their employees and themselves.

Nelson Jatel: Water governance networks’ influence on water ecological systems over time: An Okanagan case study

Abstract: An old African proverb states: if you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together. If so, by extension, if going together provides long term advantages for a social-ecological system, how important is collaboration in supporting long term water quality in a watershed?

Water ecological systems are influenced by a number of variables including: population growth, increasing climate variability, and governance networks. Water governance networks are an expression of formal and informal relationships, rules, and institutions; and may play a meaningful roll in water ecological system outcomes. During the late 1960s water quality was degrading and as a result a new water governance network system emerged. Often there is a lag between social choices and ecological impacts. Focused on a case-study of the Okanagan watershed, this research will explore the influences of governance networks and water quality changes over time.

Paolo Fresnoza: Threat in Tempest?  A Critical Discourse on Ivatan Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Risk Management Modernization

Abstract: The research centres on an epistemological discourse in disaster risk management.  Specifically using the lens of the critical paradigm, the research critiques the positivist vis-à-vis constructivist approaches to mitigating natural disasters; these approaches are certainly evident among the research’s actors: the indigenous Ivatan and the Philippine Government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.  In particular, climate change exacerbates the latter to employ science- and evidence-based tools and technologies for disaster risk reduction.  On the other hand, generations of Ivatans have been practicing “ethnometereology,” reliant on simplistic animal behaviour and geophysical observations as their intuitive reaction to prepare for inclement weather.  It is where they intersect, or acknowledge each other’s potential for utilization and effectivity for disaster risk management, that merits a worthy cause for research.  Thus, it becomes essential to analyze the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of the positivist and constructivist approaches within the research context.  By doing so, it provides a better awareness and clearer account what happens during indigenous and scientific knowledge intersections.

Bolu Adewale: Why is FGM a continued practice?

Abstract: There has been a lot of research done on why Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a wrong procedure and reasons on why it should be banned. Most research stems from the female perspective and the effects it has on the female reproductive system, self-esteem, mental and physical health. My project is focusing on bridging the gaps between Female Genital Mutilation and social norms to explore why it is a continued practice looking at the male’s position in decision making within the Somali Toronto community.

All are welcome to attend the presentations. Coffee and cookies will be served.