Resilience Research Centre

Rena Vanstone

Research Assistant

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Rena Vanstone

Research Assistant

Rena Vanstone is the Project Manager for the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) at the Resilience Research Centre (RRC). She joined CYRRC in 2020 as a Project and Knowledge Mobilization Assistant and took over as Project Manager in 2023; she has been involved with the RRC since 2018. Rena supports CYRRC’s knowledge mobilization activities to make the research findings of the projects CYRRC funds accessible and useful to the people they are about, mainly newcomers to Canada and Settlement Service Providers, but also policymakers, teachers, parents, governments, etc. These activities include a podcast series called The Refuge and several infographics and executive summaries. Rena believes it is important that newcomers and the people supporting them have a voice in the research done about them and that the findings from that research are shared with them in meaningful ways. Rena received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology from Dalhousie University and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from Toronto Metropolitan University, set to graduate in 2024. Her MA thesis focuses on the intersection of immigration and Indigenous narratives. Her other research interests include arts-based research and youth resilience.

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Resilience, Adaptive Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice (2021)

Processes of post-war reconstruction, peacebuilding and reconciliation are partly about fostering stability and adaptive capacity across different social systems. Nevertheless, these processes have seldom been expressly discussed within a resilience framework. Similarly, although the goals of transitional justice – among them (re)establishing the rule of law, delivering justice and aiding reconciliation – implicitly encompass a resilience element, transitional justice has not been explicitly theorised as a process for building resilience in communities and societies that have suffered large-scale violence and human rights violations. The chapters in this unique volume theoretically and empirically explore the concept of resilience in diverse societies that have experienced mass violence and human rights abuses. They analyse the extent to which transitional justice processes have – and can – contribute to resilience and how, in so doing, they can foster adaptive peacebuilding. This book is available as Open Access.

Resilience, Adaptive Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice (2021)

Processes of post-war reconstruction, peacebuilding and reconciliation are partly about fostering stability and adaptive capacity across different social systems. Nevertheless, these processes have seldom been expressly discussed within a resilience framework. Similarly, although the goals of transitional justice – among them (re)establishing the rule of law, delivering justice and aiding reconciliation – implicitly encompass a resilience element, transitional justice has not been explicitly theorised as a process for building resilience in communities and societies that have suffered large-scale violence and human rights violations. The chapters in this unique volume theoretically and empirically explore the concept of resilience in diverse societies that have experienced mass violence and human rights abuses. They analyse the extent to which transitional justice processes have – and can – contribute to resilience and how, in so doing, they can foster adaptive peacebuilding. This book is available as Open Access.

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