Launch of the RbD Innovation Lab - July 8

Image from Photovoice Activity for the UNWCDRR in Sendai Japan, March 2015
We would like to extend an invitation to join our research team for the on-campus launch of the new Resilience By Design Innovation Lab here at Royal Roads. The lab, known as the RbD Lab, is a space where researchers, faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, and youth can congregate face-to-face and virtually to focus our shared interests in collaborating in participatory action research on community resilience, disaster risk reduction, social innovation and creativity. 
With the input and energy of some amazing graduate and post-doctoral students, emergent researchers, and youth, the RBD is coming together as a creative, dynamic space of possibilities. By making the lab more of a concrete entity through this launch and other activities, we hope to develop a profile that attracts graduate students (existing and future) to RRU and extends our potential to collaborate with researchers from RRU and elsewhere in Canada and the world. 
The launch party will provide an opportunity to meet the team: our two post-docs, Banting scholar Leila Scannell and our first RbD post-doc Sarah Fletcher; DocSocSci graduate and emerging scholar Cheryl Heykoop; colleagues on the SSHRC funded Youth Creating Disaster Resilience and Recovery  (YCDR2) project, Dr. Lori Peek, and PhD candidate Jennifer Tobin-Gurley, from Colorado State University; our other Doctoral, Masters and Undergraduate students; and our RRU partners.
There will be food and refreshments, a cash bar, a live band, and a display of some of the wonderful and inspiring creative research outputs – photo-stories, videos, art, music – generated by youth from YCDRand the recent RbD work by youth who attended the Sendai, Japan UN symposium on disaster risk reduction this spring. 
We would love to see you there! Come learn about some of the cool work that is happening, have a snack, a drink, groove to some Ska music and help us celebrate possibilities.
Who?   The RRU Community
Where? Hatley Castle Drawing Room
Why?    Why not?
If you know you want to come please help us plan for enough food by sending us an RSVP via
If you don’t decide 'til later…just drop by and enjoy regardless.
Dr. Robin Cox
Program Head Master of Disaster and Emergency Management
School of Humanitarian Studies