Robin Cox is the Director of the ResiliencebyDesign Lab. She is a Professor and Program Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Program at Royal Roads University. Her background in theatre, film, and research have inspired her to pioneer the Creative Action Research methodology, an approach to participatory action research that combines the transformative potential of creative process and social innovation. Her research focuses on disasters, climate change, and community resilience.
Sarah Fletcher is a Medical Anthropologist and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. Sarah’s research interests include youth perspectives on stress and resilience, healthy communities, and the participation of youth in research and community engagement processes.
Cheryl Heykoop is an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University and a Research Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development. Her research engages children and youth to explore their lived realities of disaster, conflict, violence, healing, and recovery. Cheryl’s research interests include youth perspectives on stress and resilience, healthy communities, and the participation of youth in research and community engagement processes.
Leila Scannell is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. As an Environmental Psychologist, Leila’s research interests include place attachment, disaster resilience in children and youth, attitudes toward climate change and sustainable behavior.
Tamara Plush is a Mitacs Elevate Fellow in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. She has worked extensively in climate change communication and community-driven visual storytelling facilitation in international development contexts. She holds a PhD in Communication for Social Change from the University of Queensland in Australia and a Masters from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Her research interests include participatory media, citizen engagement, the politics of listening and social justice.
Tiffany Hill is an RA 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 of Arts in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. Her research supports and engages children and young people to explore their lived experiences of resilience, leadership, and grief and loss using participatory and creative methods.
Lori Peek is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina.
Jennifer Tobin is a Research Associate at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU). She earned her BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from CSU in 2005 and MA in Sociology in 2008. Her dissertation research focuses on school continuity following the 2013 floods in northern Colorado.
Susanna Niederer Moeini is in the Master’s Program in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University and writing her thesis on “Transformative Climate Adaptation among Youth”. She is the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator with the City of Calgary’s Climate Program. Prior to her current role, she worked as Business Continuity & Recovery Planner with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency and also worked for more than seven years with the Geneva based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on three continents as Resource Coordinator.
Matt Godsoe is a Doctoral Candidate in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. He also manages the Emergency Management Research Unit at Public Safety Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management, a Graduate Certificate in Counter-terrorism studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. His research interests are focused on building linkages between the variables that make communities resilient against all threat and hazard types.
Laura Wright holds a MEd in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, from the Ontario Institute School of Education, University of Toronto and is a candidate from the MA in Global Leadership at Royal Roads University. She is a Child Protection Specialist at Right To Play International and is an active member of multiple international child protection organizations. Laura’s research interests include children and youth’s meaningful participation, leadership, education, play and child protection.
Brooks Hogya received his Master’s in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University and is enrolled in the Doctorate of Social Science Program. He collaborated with the ResiliencebyDesign Lab to combine his love of gaming and his passion as an educator to co-design an evidence-informed disaster game. He is the founder of Slipstream Wilderness First Aid and his research interests focus on experiential learning and action pathways that can support DRR and resilience efforts.
Mark Altermann received his Master’s in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University and is enrolled in the Doctorate of Social Sciences Program. His 28 years in policing has been focused on working with stakeholders to develop programs and strategies promoting positive youth engagement and mentoring, crime prevention, and public education. Mark’s research interests include the impact of culture on disaster preparedness, youth resilience, and engagement for DRR, and the relationship between social development and disaster resilience.
Trevor Dixon-Bennett is an Ethnoecologist and filmmaker. Driven by collaboratively working towards innovative solutions to social and ecological issues, Bennett has worked as a consultant and filmmaker for a variety of Indigenous and community groups, and worked with the ResiliencebyDesign Lab on various projects including a video exploring the perspectives of young people on their inclusion in disaster policy making. Trevor has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria.
Crystal Tremblay is a Research Affiliate with the ResiliencebyDesign Lab, bringing experience and support in social innovation, participatory arts-based methodologies, and program evaluation. She recently held the position of Research Director for the UNESCO Chair of Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and Research Associate at the University of Victoria’s Office of Community University Engagement.
Andria Scanlan has a PhD in Health Education from the University of Idaho, an MSc in Sport Science from Washington State, and an MBA from Auckland University. Andria spent 5 years as Clinical Faculty at UBC’s Centre for Community Child Health Research and the Associate Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. Her work focus is evidenced based health youth research and development projects.