SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Leila Scannell is an environmental psychologist who studies place attachment, climate change attitudes and behaviours, and sustainable buildings. Her current research at Royal Roads University in the ResilienceByDesign Research Lab, funded by a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada will examine the role of place in youth’s disaster experiences, recovery, and resilience.

Youth are among the most vulnerable to the stress of a natural disaster, and yet little is known about how they become resilient to its negative impacts, cope in the short-term, and recover in the long-term. Of the many consequences of a natural disaster, the loss of place is one of the most devastating. Such loss may be particularly salient for young people, since they rely on place for various aspects of their development.

Therefore, Leila’s research explores the ways in which places contribute to youth’s disaster experiences with using qualitative arts-based methods and quantitative survey methods.

Following a synthesis of the relevant literature, we worked with youth from Calgary and High River, Alberta to discuss photographs of places important to their experiences of the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods; preliminary findings revealed key themes of place loss and place-based strength.  These themes are being integrated into a quantitative survey that will be completed by Canadian and Australian youth who have faced different types of disasters. Results will inform practitioners and policy makers about how to more effectively support youth following natural disasters.

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Scannell, L., Cox, R.S., Fletcher, S., and Heykoop, C. (2016). “That was the Last Time I Saw my House”: The Importance of Place Attachment among Children and Youth in Disaster Contexts.American Journal of Community Psychology. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12069