Official launch of the ResiliencebyDesign Lab


The RRU ResiliencebyDesign Research Lab was officially launched on July 8th. The team wishes to extend their thanks to all who have supported the development and launch of the lab and to all of our RRU community who were able to attend the launch party. We also want to thank the live ska band Downtown Mischief who provided such fabulous music (and Rhett Reilkoff who joined for a set) and all the RRU staff who assisted in making this event possible.

The lab, known as the RbD Lab, is a space where researchers, faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows and youth congregate face-to-face and virtually to focus their shared interests in collaborating in participatory action research on community resilience, disaster risk reduction, social innovation and creativity. We are lucky to have an amazing group of graduate and post-doctoral students, emergent researchers, and youth already participating in the RbD, many of whom were at the party. The RbD builds on the work of the fantastic team involved in the SSRHC funded, Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience project (YCDR2) which included Dr. Lori Peek and PhD candidate Jennifer Tobin Gurley from Colorado State University. Both researchers were able to attend the launch and win the ‘from most far away’ award!

We are excited to be moving forward with our next big project, which involves research in Alberta. The  Alberta Resilience Communities project, funded by a grant from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, involves Dr. Cox and the RbD lab, Dr. Julie Drolet (University of Calgary) and Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker (Mount Royal University) in a ‘whole of community’ investigation of resilience as it relates to children, youth, and their families and communities in the context of post-flood communities in Southern Alberta. The RbD is spearheading the research with youth, which will engage youth as leaders and innovators of resilience. Participating youth will contribute to a more refined understanding of how youth manifest and contribute to resilience – their own and that of their communities – using arts-based methods, digital storytelling, design thinking and social innovation. The goal of the RbD is to extend this research to communities on Vancouver Island and elsewhere in Canada once the three year ARC project is underway in Alberta.

Stay tuned for further updates, including a series of short videos telling the story of the (YCDR2) project. To see some of the great photo-stories and digital animated shorts that were created by participating youth during (YCDR2), please check out the website at   

Dr. Robin S. Cox and the RbD Team