Topic: Changing heritage practice on the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications World Heritage Site. Overview: The Rideau Canal corridor is comprised of a complex combination of resources, stories and activities that today serve multiple interests. The philosophies, policies, and management of heritage sites are experiencing pressures emanating from the demands of ‘experiential tourism’, the opportunities and challenges of ‘virtual reality’ presentations, and the economic pressures of escalating maintenance costs. My research will assess the current value of, and potential threats to the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications and its UNESCO World Heritage designation by examining how this landscape resource is perceived today. During this research the interrelationship between the site, interpretation, presentation, stewardship, public use and experiences with the site are explored, considering threats and benefits to the site, the communities and world heritage status.
Bailey Gerrits, PhD in Political Studies, supervised by Drs Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant & Margaret Little
Topic: Who’s Responsible?: Explaining How Contemporary Canadian Newspapers Frame Domestic Violence. Overview: My research in gender and politics advances an understanding of the political economic relationships that shape public discourses about gendered violence. I specifically examine contemporary Canadian newspaper coverage of domestic violence, documenting the patterns of coverage and illustrating how actors and structures interact to influence these news productions..
Topic: Canada-US defense relations in the age of America First. Overview: My research seeks to examine Canada-US defense relations in the age of America First. Specifically, I will look at Canadian Strategic Culture to investigative any possible shifts/changes that could occur in our continental relationship on topical issues like NORAD, Counter-ISIS, Arctic Security, Space policy, and the Defense Industrial Base. As he embarks on his Fulbright scholarship, I am anxious to experience Canada’s personal story, to delve into the importance of national culture, network with Canadian-American defense professionals, with hopes of identifying new avenues for interstate cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.
Topic: Urban experiences of Indigenous folks, learning about who we are, away from where our ancestors are from. Overview: It is often through a complex web that urban Indigenous peoples understand and learn about their ancestors, a further level of difficulty is added when the place in which we are learning is so far removed from where we are from. This work, tentatively titled Subtle Gestures: Sovereignty through Indigenous Stories of Public Mark Making is seeking to begin answering how Indigenous peoples are revolutionizing the stewardship of land and space by new activations of public colonial structures through their art and their bodies. Furthermore, my research questions how this spatial reactivation is publicly reclaiming what Gerald Vizenor termed as survivance, melding together survival and resistance. Survivance expresses how Indigenous peoples can use the strength of our cultures to fight colonialism and what Glen Coulthard has termed Urbs Nullius, “urban space void of Indigenous sovereign presence.”.
Topic: Experiences of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) for Racialized Canadians. Overview: Medical assistance in dying (MAID) has recently been legalized in Canada. My dissertation research will explore experiences of racialized Canadians with MAID. My proposed doctoral work will help us understand what assisted dying means to racialized Canadians, who are often left out of local and national discourses. It will provide a previously unexplored, qualitative and in-depth look at how assisted dying plays out in everyday lives of people who are thinking about, requesting, or receiving assisted dying. .
Christiana Okyere, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Drs Heather Aldersey and Rosemary Lysaght
Topic: Inclusive Education for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Ghana. Overview: The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights Conventions such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability have recognized the right of children with disabilities to be included in general education settings. Several empirical global studies on inclusion and disability have shown that inclusive education provides the best opportunity to support the development of persons with disabilities. However, implementing inclusive education in developing countries such as Ghana where disability often signifies a complete disqualification from education can be challenging. The overarching goal of my research is to understand the experience and implementation of inclusive education with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Accra, Ghana.
Topic: Youth Alcohol in Kingston. Overview: Our objective is to describe youth presentation at the Emergency department from alcohol related issues. Information gathered will allow for temporal maps to be developed along with demographic profiles of those who access services.
Topic: Bus Drivers Perceptions’ of Bullying on the Bus. Overview: Through surveys and interviews with Ontario bus drivers, I uncovered how they perceived bullying, the strategies they used to address bullying, and gained an overall sense of what is working/not working for them when dealing with bullying on school buses.
Topic: Inter-religious encounters during the Crusades (Medieval History). Overview: My research focuses on the emotional and affective aspects of Muslim-Christian encounters during the Crusades (1095-1291). I am currently focusing on reading and re-evaluating the written chronicles of the first Crusade (1095-1099) in order to pay attention to the emotional, gestural and affective practices at play in the texts.
Vanessa Silva e Silva, PhD student in Nursing supervised by Dr Joan Tranmer Topic: Organ Donation Program Evaluation/Quality Assurance Overview: My research focuses on improving the quality of organ donation programs through studying in depth organ donation processes to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.