Amber Raja is the Administrator for the Resilience Research Centre. Born in Pakistan, her family migrated to Canada in 1977. She returned to Pakistan in 1997 to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Peshawar, followed by training certificates in teaching. After relocating to Halifax in 2007, she joined the Resilience Research Centre. Along with her many other duties as Administrator, Amber has coordinated several events, including the RRC’s international conference in 2010 and 2015. Amber is also the first point of contact at the centre, responsible for linking people to the work of the RRC.
Hello everyone, my name is Amar and I am currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow here at the Resilience Research Centre. I have a PhD in Religious studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, looking at social movements and diaspora politics in Canada. I have edited a few books, and written some stuff – some academic, others not. ). My research interests are in diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, surveillance, social movements, radicalization and terrorism, and media studies. When I’m not working, I’m usually playing with blocks on the floor with my daughter, or watching reruns of the West Wing.
Johanne Jean-Pierre is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Resilience Research Centre and she completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at McMaster University. As a bilingual investigator, she compared qualitatively Franco-Ontarian and Quebec English-speaking postsecondary students’ linguistic identity, culture and educational pathways. Her current research projects focus on African Nova Scotians’ resilience and education. She is also involved in projects about education, inequality, immigration, official language minorities and culture.
Joshua Brisson is the Research and Evaluation Manager at the Resilience Research Centre and has been a part of the RRC team since 2012. Josh studied Sociology at the undergraduate and graduate level at Dalhousie University and has received Honours such as: the University Medal, in recognition of his superior achievement in the field of Sociology and Social Anthropology; the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s distinction of Academic All-Canadian; in recognition of his contributions in the fields of sport, academics and in the greater community; and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) graduate scholarship, in recognition of his high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. While Josh’s graduate level research is in the area of cultural and sport sociology, his interest in positive child and youth development, mixed methods research design and social statistics is what led him to his current role at the RRC. As the Research and Evaluation Manager, Josh manages a diverse portfolio of local, national and international research and evaluation projects.
Kristin Hadfield is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Resilience Research Centre. Kristin completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland; her research focused on the development of relationships in stepfamilies. Following that, she worked as a visiting research specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied the paternal involvement of fathers with children in multiple households. Her research interests are in the areas of parent-child relationships, family structure, family roles and responsibilities, father involvement, and positive youth development.
Brandon Mott works in communications and media at the Resilience Research Centre and has been a part of the team since 2012. He is currently studying to complete a Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie University. His experience and interest in graphic design, web design, videography and photography is integral to sharing and disseminating research here at the centre.