Roads to Research: March 4 video available


The video of the first Roads to Research: DSocSci Student presentations, held on Wednesday, March 4th, is now available and abstracts of the presentations are below. 

Please join us for the next Roads to Research: DSocSci Student presentations next Wednesday, March 11th!

John Pumphrey
Canada, Afghanistan and Transnational Terrorism: Has the Safety of Canadians been Affected?

Canada has completed its mission in Afghanistan.  How has the security situation in Afghanistan been affected and does there exist a connection to the security of Canadians?  Understanding the security impacts of Canadian involvement in failed and fragile states might inform future decisions regarding involvement of Canada in Afghanistan and other similar nation states. As a piece of action research, this question will be explored and recommendations made (if applicable) to improve aspects of Canadian national security policy or counter-terrorism strategy and associated programmes and processes.

Patricia Whelan
Exploring Street Involved Youth in Emergency Departments

Exploring a problem through critical thought and inquiry is essential to understanding my chosen research about street involved   youth. Through this doctoral program, I intend to explore how to improve the lived experience in the emergency department between healthcare and urban street involved youth who are currently invisible in their health care.

Eva Jewell
Restoring Community – Inclusion at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

A shift in consciousness has occurred for community leadership in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN): in order to truly create the outcomes of community wellness and prosperity, a viable and realistic solution must be constructed by the people—not prescribed or implemented by external sources. As a result of Community Development at COTTFN, there is an opportunity to research how restoring Anishinaabe ways of knowing and relating can inform the First Nation's strategic direction toward quality of life.

Vincent Eagan
Symbolic Interaction and Police Use of Force

My research is examining police use of force through the epistemology of Mead (1934) and Blumer’s (1969) symbolic interactionist theories. The main methodology used for case studies and interviews with police officers is a grounded theory approach. The research is intended to complement the role of formal legal inquiries. The social behavior approach of Mead and other symbolic interaction theorists holds that we act in how we think others will interpret our actions with ongoing adjustments to our behaviour. This communication occurs at all perceptual levels with meanings, gestures, and symbols. This can be applied to many interactions between police and citizen that have the element of some threat when misinterpretations occur. Public trust of police is important to which my research will heavily weigh social accountability, social justice, and also the therapeutic jurisdiction of Coroners Inquests and Inquiries that are less focused on legal responsibility.

Rob Friberg
Seeking The Sustainability And Resilience Of Forested Landscapes In British Columbia: Insights From Social-Ecological Sytems Theory For The Collaborative Governance Of Cumulative Effects

Forest dominated landscapes are increasingly recognized for their role in maintaining multiple social, ecological and cultural values at local, regional and international scales.  Yet despite signs that human activities are impacting the ability of forests to continue providing these functions, there is an absence of effective institutional frameworks for governing cumulative human effects on forest ecosystem function.  In BC these impacts are expanding beyond forest industry, mining and agriculture activities to include oil & gas development, hydropower generation and significant impacts from climate change.  This is an issue that crosses sectors, jurisdictions and scales of governance and involves multiple actors with diverse values and interests.  While technical approaches for quantifying cumulative effect have been around for decades there is a critical need for collective strategic direction which incorporates societal values, and for integrative frameworks to effectively manage forest resource objectives at the landscape scale.  Complex social-ecological systems theory for the governance of commons resources, including conceptual frameworks of resilience, collaborative adaptive management, social learning and multifunctional landscapes are applicable to the challenge of cumulative effects in B.C.  My research will seek insight from these frameworks for a more sustainable governance of forested landscapes in the province, and will have implications for the governance of cumulative effect elsewhere around the globe.