Roads to Research: DSocSci students
The Office of Research Services is pleased to present the August 2016 Doctoral Roads to Research series. Please join us to hear about the exciting research being conducted by this cohort! Abstracts follow:
Patricia Robertson: Prioritizing the Wellbeing of Peacebuilders, Healing Transgenerational Trauma, and Building Inner Peace
Peacebuilders respond to conflict in the world. The peacebuilding field is not prioritizing the emotional wellbeing of frontline peacebuilders. This research contends that the wellbeing and effectiveness of peacebuilders may be contingent upon addressing any unresolved transgenerational trauma carried within their bodies. Transgenerational trauma passes down family systems in various ways, potentially contributing to the high incidence of secondary trauma and burnout experienced by peacebuilders. Without acknowledging transgenerational trauma, peacebuilders may unconsciously carry their inner emotional woundedness into the workplace, seeking healing through their work with others. Without adequate training they may not recognize the transgenerational trauma of others, inadvertently sabotaging peacebuilding efforts. Peacebuilders who embody inner peace will inherently contribute to peace in their family system, community and the broader world. This research explores how current peacebuilding models can prioritize the wellbeing of peacebuilders, proactively and preventively, with greater knowledge of transgenerational trauma and effective resources to address it.
Liton Furukawa: Projecting Beyond Present Horizons Rediscovery: "I Am Who I am Not Yet", Acknowledging the Strangeness, and Intensifying Consciousness: A Case Study of the Global Community Program
With the increased rapid growth of the number of international students in British Columbia, Canada, the oversea programs enables them to gain first-hand experience abroad with another culture with regards to different worldviews in contrast to those acknowledged by their home country. This study is concerned with the contribution and analysis of a Global Community Program which is a program to assist university students’ network as a community with strong values to transform students’ lives. Specifically, the researcher attempts an investigation into the life world of the dynamic interaction between international students and their living context; a comprehensive exploration of how these students manage their transition to relocate to a new or different environment in Canada. The main premise of this research is that it gains insights into how students perceive their learning experience from previous to present horizons, rediscovery on cross-cultural adaptation.
Mathew Ocholi: Oil Spills Disaster and the Ogoni People: Social and Cultural Perspectives Disaster cannot be defined by the physical
Disaster, whether natural or unnatural are socially and culturally constructed events and processes. Social and cultural identity of a community strongly affects the way disasters are seen and interpreted and also have an influence on how the disaster unfolds, how they are perceived and experienced and how their effects are distributed. To understand disaster within any context therefore, it is important to understand the social, cultural, political and environmental factors at play in the community. The Ogoni people in the Niger delta region of Nigeria have been exposed to and experienced oil spills for more than forty years. This study employs qualitative methods and tools to explore the social and cultural elements at play in the case of the Ogoni community, how they have been able to cope, their response to the catastrophe and the forces that have contributed to these responses.
Brian Mendoza Dominguez: Building better community: value driven productivity in local construction
The project seeks to leverage local community values to drive productivity. Productivity is central to the project as a natural component in everything we do and has significant effects on what and how we produce goods and service for a local community. The theoretical frame for this research has three key factors. The first factor is productivity, its use to drive values, and its inevitable failure. The second factor is values and the people, place, and space that they occur. And the third factor is limits, the necessary component to mitigate the natural tendency of humans to produce until resource scarcity occurs. This presentation will briefly discuss why productivity is important, why community values are important, why local community creates natural limits to productivity, and why construction is a good place to start.
Cyprian Ojum - TBA