Faculty Research

Dr. Michael Young

Ph.D. (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.

Dr. Kenneth Christie

Ph.D. – 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.

Dr. Robin S. Cox

Ph.D. - Counselling Psychology (University of British Columbia)

Dr. Robin Cox is the program head of the graduate programs in Climate Action Leadership (Diploma; MA Degree - awaiting approval by BC government) and a professor in Disaster and Emergency Management graduate programs. Cox is also the director of the Resilience by Design (RbD) Research Innovation Lab, a transdisciplinary research and educational outreach center that focuses on building multigenerational climate action leadership and competencies. The goal of this work is to enable and optimize the capacity of working professionals, youth, and communities to design and implement innovative strategies and collaborative projects that contribute to climate adaptation and resilience, disaster risk reduction, and youth empowerment.

Cox is an active researcher with multiple nationally-funded research projects. She leads the Adaptation Learning Network (ALN), a 3-year, $2-million project funded by Natural Resources Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. This project is building climate adaptation capacity with organizations, professionals, businesses, and communities through professional development training and networking. Cox is also leading the Youth Designing Climate Resilience Project and a Tri-Council grant-funded project that will build design thinking skills and action projects with youth and their communities in British Columbia and Puerto Rico. Cox is an experienced disaster psychological responder and researcher with expertise in individual- and community-level resilience and trauma.

Dr. Jean Slick

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia

Jean Slick joined Royal Roads University in 2009 as an Associate Professor in the Disaster and Emergency Management Program. She has been teaching in the program since its inception and has been the lead designer for many of the courses in the program. Prior to joining Royal Roads, Jean worked for the Canadian Red Cross for 28 years, where she led disaster management operations for western Canada. Her disaster response experience spans a range of hazard types, including hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, ice storms, and floods, in a range of different contexts, including Canada, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Jean has extensive education and experience in teaching and facilitating, and brings her passion for learning into the classroom.

Jean’s research focuses on emergent response to disasters, with a specific focus on how technologies shape the characteristics of emergent response. Her current research is examining the phenomenon of Caremongering during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a member of several research groups examining other aspects of the pandemic response. Additionally, Jean integrates painting as a research method and form of output; this approach to her research builds from her undergraduate degree in the Fine Arts.

Jean also co-chairs the FEMA higher education special interest group on the use of case study in teaching in disaster and emergency management programs. As a scholar/practitioner, Jean is also a consultant for other organizations and government on disaster management related projects.

Dr. Eva Malisius

Ph.D. 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.

Dr. Kathleen Manion

Ph.D. Sociology (University of East London)

Dr. Kathleen Manion is an Associate Professor at Royal Roads University within the School of Humanitarian Studies. She has been working with a range of social and community-serving organisations for more than 25 years to realise social, economic, and environmental justice. Kathleen’s research and practice interests focus on systems that support children and young people to thrive. Using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and community engagement processes, Kathleen has worked on projects tackling issues related to understanding and preventing violence against children, child protection, child rights, homelessness, healthy early childhood development, trafficking, family violence, youth justice, environmental justice, and child migration. Many of her recent research projects have included participatory methods with children and are focused on the realization of child rights as espoused in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has worked for, and with, a range of local, national, and international civil society organisations, social networks, academic organisations, and governmental entities.

Dr. Athena Madan

Ph.D. - 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 the 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.