Culture and Nongovernmental Organizations in China

In a country which emphasizes authority and collectivism in their culture, how can an organization with strongly egalitarian and individualistic culture fit in and survive? The existing independent NGOs and government-organized NGOs (GONGOs) in China provide us a great platform to examine different cultures of these two types of organizations and their interaction with national culture. People talk about culture everyday, but as a researcher, I would unpack this whole concept into different dimensions to examine.

The Evolving Legal Services Research Project

How can public legal education and information help Canadians get justice in our legal system? With the demand for publicly-funded or low-cost legal services far exceeding the supply, public legal education and information (PLEI) is filling an increasingly larger role in meeting the legal needs of people with modest means. Yet we know relatively little about how PLEI can help people deal with their legal problems. examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems.

Evaluation Capacity Network: Aligning Evaluative Thinking and Practice among Early Childhood Stakeholders

This project aims to provide much needed evidence to service providers and program managers working in the field of early childhood development (ECD). Early childhood programs are required to provide evidence of tangible outcomes to validate the impacts of their programs. Organizations, though, do not always have the knowledge, resources, or capacity to support such processes and the intent of gathering such evidence is interpreted differently depending on the individual sector.

A comparative analysis of good governance in Canada and Vietnam to enable civil society organizations to participate as a central development actor

The overall aim of the research is to increase the influence of citizens in governance activities in Vietnam through bilateral development assistance from Canada. The research will compare the Canadian and Vietnamese characterization of “governance” and “good governance,” notably how governance is conceptualized and measured. The research will document specific Canadian approaches to and international norms for engaging civil society organizations in governance processes, in comparison to Vietnam.

Safe Cities, Urban Politics and Social Policy in North America

This project will fund Emily Diemert, a Wilfrid Laurier University undergraduate student, to collect research on the intersection between safer cities initiatives and social policies in Mexico City. Emily will be an exchange student at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico City while also gaining experience as a researcher on data collection, coding and analysis of public documents.

Displacement = Dis(Empowerment)?: Trade Liberalization and Mexico’s Indigenous Migrants

Through semi-structured interviews with current Mexican indigenous migrant men and women and extended family members, my dissertation inquiry focuses on how indigenous peoples – men and women – in Mexico have experienced (and continue to experience) the transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture.

Global Health Governance in South India

Global Health Governance is a hot topic these days but it seldom reaches the dalitbahujans (low caste and tribal peoples, the majority in India). Pairing industry with global health agendas is the wave of the future and can be more fruitful if culturally sensitive. Eight years ago, India embarked on the National Rural Health Mission for improved health governance in the rural areas and to realize the Millennium Development Goals.

Collective will and the Brazilian Left: how is a real movement built out of a crisis of praxis?

This project is intended to follow and analyse the most recent activities of groups identified to be in the Brazilian Left. Through fieldwork and theoretical analysis, the goal is to understand how the Left views itself, how collective will can be developed within these groups, and if a critical pedagogical methodology can assist in this process. The ethnographic methodology employed in this project will help to identify who the main actors are and what kind of activities have been prioritized by Left organizations.

The impact of a serious mobile video game on girls’ perceptions, attitudes and behaviors about global water issues and education

We want to learn about the video game “Get Water!” at the Linden School for Girls in Toronto with students between the ages of 10 – 14, from their perspective. This research will involve their teachers and parents as co-researchers who will be asked to keep a journal for two weeks about anything the girls may say directly about the game, or about global water issues or girls education, or anything the girls may do in relation to the game or water issues, for example research on the internet about water or girls education.

Tsawwassen First Nation post-treaty community well being study

In 2009, the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) signed a self-governance treaty with the Canadian and British Columbia governments, the first to do so under the Federal-Provincial treaty process. The impact of obtaining self governance outside the Indian Act is, therefore, something that is important, not only for TFN, but as an example for other First Nations communities in British Columbia. This project will carry out an interview survey to determine the well-being of the TFN.