Humanitarian Studies News
PhD (Simon Fraser University)
Michael Young is the Director of the School of Humanitarian Studies. Dr. Young's research interests broadly centre on social justice, ranging from the causal factors of youth gang formation and the debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide, to public resistance to community-based justice initiatives. Dr. Young is intrigued with qualitative accounts of social facts. However, he emphasizes the importance of data triangulation in research if it is to have an impact on social reality. Dr. Young is currently interested in alternative versions of community building. He is involved in the proposal and development of a therapeutic community, a project that stands to impact the problem of addiction and homelessness in the greater Victoria region.
PhD – Comparative Politics and International Relations, Florida State University
Dr. Kenneth Christie is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of eight books, the most recent being America’s War on Terrorism: The Revival of the Nation-State versus Universal Human Rights (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008) and US National Identity and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (London: Routledge, 2008). In the last 30 years he has taught and conducted research at universities in the USA, Singapore, South Africa, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, concentrating on issues of human rights, security and democratization. His most recent appointment is Program Head of the Masters in Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding at Royal Roads University.
Dr. Christie has also held senior appointments at the University of Oxford, UK, where he worked with the Refugee Studies Programme in Queen Elizabeth House and was a senior fellow at St. Anthony’s College. In addition he was Director of Global Studies at Zayed University in Dubai where he also supervised the social science internship program. He has conducted evaluations of human rights NGOs for the Norwegian government development agency, NORAD, in Southeast Asia. Working all over the world has given him a unique grasp on peace, development and security. Currently, Dr. Christie is writing an upper level text book on Human Security, as well as editing a book dealing with Religion, Identity and State formation in the Middle East. In addition he is completing a full length monograph on Identity and Globalization in Pakistan.
PhD - Counselling Psychology (University of British Columbia)
Robin Cox is a Professor in the Master in Disaster and Emergency Management program in the School of Humanitarian Studies. Robin is also the Director of the ResiliencyByDesign Research Innovation (RbD) lab on campus. Cox's RbD lab is a trans-disciplinary, collaborative research space that brings together emerging scholars, graduate and undergraduate students and practitioners to explore and understand the human dimensions of disasters. As one of the university's most prolific researchers, Robin and the RbD Team are engaged in a range of funded research projects, student theses and dissertations, and community-and youth-engagement projects. Their work emphasizes the transformative potential of participatory research with young people and communities, with a focus on exploring and contributing to individual and shared resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of the increasing frequency and magnitude of disasters and growing impacts of climate change.
Robin uses multiple methodologies in research, however she and the RbD Lab have developed and frequently employ Creative Action Research, a type of participatory action research that emphasizes the power of creative process (e.g. visual storytelling, and arts- and nature-based methods), and reflection; integrates capacity building as an explicit component of the research process; and embraces individual and collective transformation as a research outcome.
You can find out more about Robin’s research on her website. To find out more about Robin’s various research projects, check out the ResilienceByDesign Research Innovation (RbD) and the YCDR website where you will find the creative stories and videos our participating youth have created.
PhD International Relations (Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent)
Eva Malisius is a core faculty member in the School of Humanitarian Studies and a scholar-practitioner who teaches mainly in the MA in Conflict Analysis and Management program. Since joining Royal Roads in fall 2013 she has been involved in the redesign of the MACAM program and curriculum development for many of its courses, along with developing skills and community focused courses in the MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding and the MA in Global Leadership. Prior to Royal Roads, Eva taught at several academic institutions and universities, trained peace professional and mediators, and implemented capacity-building trainings for local leaders in peace processes, representatives of NGOs, INGOs, IOs, international missions, ministries, and development agencies. After working for German public television (ZDF) and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Eva Malisius co-founded an NGO implementing mediation processes to empower interethnic dialogue at the local level in the peace processes of the Western Balkans (CSSP Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation).
Eva’s research interests reflect her diverse professional and academic background. She holds PhD and MA degrees in International Relations from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, and studied at Michigan State University and Freiburg University, Germany. Her key research interests are in political decision-making processes, identity and universal norms, as well as conflict transformation. Eva is passionate about bringing theory and practice together, how to bridge similarities and differences to support individuals and groups to generate sustainable solutions. This includes focusing on transformative problem-solving, the use of mediation as a tool for dialogue, bottom-up peace processes, and national differences in universal norms. Most recently she has extended her research to include traditional conflict management practice in and among First Nations in BC, as well as maximizing creativity in (online) teaching and community building.
PhD Sociology (University of East London)
Kathleen Manion is an Instructor in the School of Humanitarian Studies. With a particular focus on social justice, Dr. Manion has had a diverse career working in academia, government, the not-for-profit sector and as a consultant. As such she is particularly interested in helping bridge the gap between practitioner experiential knowledge, academic theory and policy objectives in teaching, research and policy development.
Dr. Manion’s publications span international social work and social justice topics, child protection and social work education across a number of countries. Her previous research has included young people’s involvement in prostitution, trafficking in women and children, children’s participation, preventing suicide and self-harm, addressing family violence, use of alternative energy in impoverished areas, social work education, early years intervention strategies, systemic analysis of child protection, child neglect, social innovation, family group conferences, and intellectual property rights. Dr. Manion’s current research interests fall across three main streams: peace-building, supporting children and young people to thrive, and avenues for addressing international social problems and facilitating social justice in an era of globalization.
PhD - Public Health and Social Justice Education, University of Toronto (2014); Global Mental Health and the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine (2015).
Athena Madan is proud to join the School of Humanitarian Studies as newest Core Faculty. Her research interests include: therapeutic governance and reconciliation; genocide and human rights; social innovation and theories of change; education in emergencies; intergenerational trauma and PTSD; rehabilitation of child soldiers; the militarisation of aid; socio-political contexts of addictions; refugee mental health; and health in contexts of post-conflict and fragile states.
As a clinical scholar, Athena has worked across 18 countries and 5 continents. Her countries of expertise include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kashmir, South Africa, and Vietnam. She has worked with international non-governmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, the Carter Center, and Save the Children; and supported international collaborations/projects with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the World Health Organisation, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has also provided anti-racist subject matter expertise to provincial governments for health equity and child welfare training reform; served as an election observer for the Democratic Republic of Congo; and taught in England, France, and the United States.