Meet the team

Lead Researchers

The ARC project research team consists of various individuals who contribute to the overall development, organization, operation, and functioning of the project. The project is an inter-institutional collaboration led by three academics from the University of Calgary, Royal Roads University, and Mount Royal University.

Dr. Julie Drolet, PH.D

Collaborative Lead

Dr. Julie Drolet is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary’s Central and Northern Alberta Region campus in Edmonton. Dr. Drolet’s research interests focus on disaster social work, examining resilience, long-term recovery, social protection and community development. She is also engaged in research on Canadian immigration and refugee resettlement, social protection, and social work field education. She is a registered social worker in Alberta.

Dr. Robin S. Cox, Ph.D

Collaborative Co-Lead

Dr. Robin Cox is a Professor at Royal Roads University where she is Program Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management programs and the Director of the Resilience By Design Innovation Research Lab (RbD). Robin has devoted her research to exploring and understanding the human dimensions of disasters, focusing on disaster recovery and resilience, youth engagement and empowerment in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and the psychosocial aspects of disasters.  Her current research projects focus on empowering youth as contributors to the resilience of their communities through arts-based methods and social innovation. Her background in media and film production inform her knowledge mobilization activities (see: resiliencebydesign.com and ycdr.org).

Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker, Ph.D

Collaborative Co-lead

Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker is a Sociologist and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Royal University, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Centre for Community Disaster Research at Mount Royal University.  Dr. McDonald-Harker’s areas of expertise include social-psychology, family, parenthood/parenting, children & youth, criminology, gender, disasters, and mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative research methodologies). She is also currently engaged in a research project that examines the social impacts of disasters on families, parents, and children (see highriverfamilystudy.ca).

Community-focused

Research Team

The ARC project operates on the belief that involving the communities affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods is essential to the research process and is especially important in the dissemination of the research findings. The ARC project’s research team ensure the involvement and representation of the affected communities in this research study.

Lisa Elford

Research Coordinator

Lisa Elford is currently working to complete her PhD in Geography.  Lisa is a researcher and long-term community-based worker with experience in the fields of international development, partnerships management, human rights, and migration. Lisa has worked in Australia with Oxfam Australia and Monash University, in South Africa with the International Organization for Migration, and in Canada at the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary, where she helped guide and manage labour market integration and housing committees.

Janelle Richardson

Community-Based Researcher

Janelle Richardson is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Winnipeg, and works as a Settlement Counsellor for newcomers with Foothills Community Immigrant Services.  Janelle’s personal experience with post-disaster recovery began when she was deployed to Haiti in 2010 as a member of an earthquake response team, and in 2013 when she personally experienced the flood as a High River, AB resident.

A Multi-disciplinary approach

Research Assistants

With the support  of ARC Project’s interdisciplinary research assistants, the breadth of the research and collection of findings involving the individuals and communities affected by the Southern Alberta Floods was able to gain greater outcomes. 

Child Initiative

Alex Christison

Research Assistant
Alex Christison has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies from Mount Royal University. Alex worked as a Counsellor with children and adolescences at Hull Services, and for the past two years he worked as a research assistant on the SSHRC-funded study The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods.  

Sean Colvin

Research Assistant
Sean Colvin has a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from Mount Royal University. Sean was previously a research assistant on the study ACEs- Alberta Study, Phase I & Phase II: Adverse Childhood Events and Their Relation to Health Status in Primary Care. Sean is also starting his Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary next fall.

Isabelle Sinclair

Research Assistant
Isabelle Sinclair is currently pursing a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Isabelle has worked as a Research Assistant on the SSHRC-funded study Evacuation Decisions, Displacement, and Network Activation During the 2013 Calgary Flood.

Keira MacKenzie

Research Assistant
Keira MacKenzie is currently completing the last year of her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  Keira is also planning on pursing a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary.

Sierra Shaw

Research Assistant
Sierra Shaw is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, and a minor in Social Innovation and Nonprofit Studies.

Madeleine Engel

Research Assistant
Madeleine Engel has a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria.  Madeleine is currently completing the final year of her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge

Youth Initiative

Tiffany Hill

Research Assistant
Tiffany Hill is a research associate in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab and is a candidate for the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Royal Roads University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia and has extensive experience working with children and young people in a variety of local and international contexts.

Leila Scannell

Research Assistant
Leila Scannell, PhD, is a Banting postdoctoral research fellow working in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. She is an environmental psychologist with research interests in place, disaster and mixed methods research.

Laura Wright

Research Assistant

Laura Wright is a research associate in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab. She holds a MEd in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, from the Ontario Institute School of Education, University of Toronto and is a candidate for the Masters of Arts in Global Leadership Program at Royal Roads University.

Community Initiative

Dr. Amy Fulton

Research Assistant
Amy is a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary (as of April 1, 2017).  She recently completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Erin Smith (2016-17)

Research Assistant
Erin is an undergraduate student research assistant in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Elie Haddad (2016-17)

Research Assistant
Elie is an undergraduate student research assistant in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

 

Anna Iliscupidez (2016-17)

Research Assistant
Anna is an undergraduate student research assistant in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Peggy Nepoose (2015-16)

Research Assistant
Peggy is a recent graduate in the BSW program in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Dinah Agyapong (2016)

Research Assistant
Dinah is a recent graduate of the BSW program in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

James Shawana (2016)

Research Assistant
James is pursuing his Doctor of Education in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Inclusive collaboration

Advisory Committee

The ARC project involves two advisory committees that give direction and input to the overall project.

Community Steering Committee

A multidisciplinary committee, which acts as an intermediary between the community and the researchers, and which assists the research team by sharing findings with community partners and members of the wider community

Youth Advisory Committee

A committee made up of youth-aged members who are located throughout Calgary, High River and the MD of Foothills Region. The Youth Advisory assists with informing the project in relation to research design, youth activity, and feedback about research processes.