Roads to Research: Doctor of Social Sciences Students

12:00PM to 1:00PM March 21, 2018
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Quarterdeck, Grant Building
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Roads to Research: Doctor of Social Sciences Students

The Office of Research Services is pleased to invite you to Roads to Research presentations by students in the Doctor in Social Sciences Program at Royal Roads University.

On Wednesday, March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Quarterdeck, Roads to Research will include the following presentations:

Ashley Collette: The Path of the Nautilus: Mapping Pathways to Growth in the Face of Trauma for Canadian Armed Forces

Abstract: I am interested in the study of trauma and crisis; more specifically, I am interested in mapping the pathways that members of the Canadian Armed Forces have forged in the quest to grow positively as a result of their struggles with some of the most challenging and life altering human experiences. Much of the study of psychological resilience has focused on the individual as the locus of change with stark attention paid to environmental factors that are known to help or hinder the processes of growth. I propose a social ecological understanding of posttraumatic growth, which places the focus on the interface of person-in-environment, and promotes placing a greater responsibility for change on the mechanisms of support that surround a person. The question I am interested in investigating further is: What are the factors that contribute to posttraumatic growth for members of the Canadian Armed Forces?

Ann-Kathrin McLean: Reframing Memory, Time, And Place: The transformation of German remembrance in the age of new media and populism

Abstract: My research evaluates memory studies in a contemporary society and hones in on the interplay between heritage tourism, war remembrance and place-based pedagogy.  My work is informed through an ethnographic research approach that allows me to explore the meaning derived through social interactions amongst participants. Due to the impacts of populism, globalization and new media, both in situ and in populo sites will be visited nationwide.  

In the 21st century history mediation assists to develop memory into remembrance, bearing in mind that stories originally shared by first hand narratives will become embedded in commemorative activities and tours at memorial sites. Considering this evolution of cultural memory across generations, I specifically focus on how (German) millennials interpret sites of Nazi war heritage and construct individual meaning.  More so how they integrate the Holocaust into their collective narrative. 

Esther de Vos: Designing Social Housing Systems: How to Build for Wellbeing

Abstract: Affordable housing has become a critical issue again in Canada and significant government involvement and investment has seen a renaissance in the last couple of years from all orders of government.   A National Housing Strategy, released in 2017, complements a number of existing provincial and territorial strategies, all of which reinforce the importance of housing, particularly for vulnerable populations.  The strategies also reflect a growing focus on wellbeing as an outcome for those vulnerable populations, often expressed through increased social and economic inclusion.  However, there has been little done so far to explore how the systems involved in affordable housing can achieve that outcome.  I am interested in focusing on the social housing systems in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and examining how social housing can be designed to support individual and community wellbeing. 

Elizabeth Sparling: Learning from the Voice of Youth with Developmental Disabilities in the Transition Planning Process

Abstract: The quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities is influenced by the transition planning process. The transition planning period extends from age 14-25, a time of important identity formation, that is developed through experiences that occur in the school, family and community. There is a disconnect between the experience of individuals and the transition planning process. The wants and potential opportunities of individuals with developmental disabilities are often limited by, or overlooked, as placement and services are determined by what's available in the community, perpetuating an adaptive preference. My dissertation seeks to provide evidence for the transition planning process through the use of narrative inquiry as a methodology and pragmatic epistemology, that utilizes the experiences of youth with developmental disabilities as the foundation and guide for the process. Through the stories of the individuals, viewed from the lens of the Capabilities Approach, a robust paradigm utilized by the UN to insure social justice and the best quality of life possible for each person, my research will identify the basic values to consider for each individual going through the transition planning process in British Columbia.

All are welcome to attend the presentations. Coffee and cookies will be served. Marketing will be taking photographs; an image release form may be required.