Meet U of T’s newest Royal Society of Canada Scholars

Meet U of T’s newest Royal Society of Canada Scholars

My research is on election
law and democratic governance. And in particular, I’m
interested in the role that the law plays in
ensuring electoral fairness and a healthy functioning of democracy. Electoral fairness and
democratic functioning are pressing issues in today’s world. And my research focuses
on developing solutions for the systemic challenges
that undermine democracy. My work is interdisciplinary
and comparative with a particular focus on
Canada and the United States. I love this field because
it raises urgent questions about how we ought to
structure a liberal democratic and constitutional order. It’s a complex and rich field
from a research perspective and it also addresses current challenges and real problems in the world. I love the fact that my
research has given me the opportunity to get involved in policy and public debates on
these important questions. My passion is to create
a world of possibility for kids with disabilities. There are over 400,000 young people living with a disability in Canada. And they encounter many
challenges and barriers in terms of living their full potential. I lead the TRAIL Lab,
which is the Transitions and Inclusive Environments Lab. And my work focuses on listening
to their lived experiences and taking those experiences
along with evidence-based practice to inform
programs and interventions and tools that we can better support them in living meaningful lives. What drives me is seeing
the kids’ smiles everyday when I walk into a hospital. My background is sociology. I really care about creating inclusive environments for people. Not only is it a human rights issues but we can really benefit
from having diverse perspectives in our
schools, in the workplace and in the community. My research team is exploiting
tools from engineering to build artificial
human tissues in a dish. Using these tissues, we
can explore the rules of how a tissue repairs and
regenerates after an injury or how a tissue breaks down
in diseases such as cancer. And by understanding these rules, we hope to discover new ways
to engineer regeneration that will form the basis
of the next generation of healthcare treatments for Canadians. This is a really complicated problem but what I love about it
is that is necessitates the need to work with
teams of really smart and driven students and colleagues
from diverse backgrounds to get to that moment of
clarity when you understand how the system works, why
it has to work that way and ultimately how you might use it to impact people’s lives. My focus of research is on
paediatric chronic pain. One in five children in Canada
suffer from chronic pain. I run the iOuch Lab which
is improving outcomes in child health using
digital health technologies. So we’re creating mobile
and internet solutions to help young people learn
to manage their condition and successfully transition to adult care. What I love about my role being a nurse but also being a researcher
is that I can do this research and translate it back
into practice much quicker to improve the lives of these
children and their families. My research is focused
on the intellectual, political, cultural and
social history of Quebec. I’ve really tried to
rethink Canadian history from the perspective of both the local and the international. In so doing I’ve done two major projects, one on the social movements
of Montreal in the 1960s and one on the relationship
between Haiti and Quebec. For me, I was inspired by
the incredible dynamic world of civil society in Montreal. The dynamism of its intellectual life, the depth of it, debates and
the seriousness and urgency within which intellectual
and political questions are debated and thought about. I love the work that I
do because it allows me to really delve into and
understand and engage the intellectual and cultural worlds of people who are often not
considered as intellectual or political actors within society. So trying to understand for
example the intellectual and artistic world of
workers or of taxi drivers or of Haitian activists in 1960s Montreal. For me, allows me to
discover incredibly rich and dynamic cultural
worlds and bring them in to broader narratives
of historical change. My work focuses on 16th and 17th century english literature and culture. And I have particular research interests in women’s writing,
intersections between gender and language and the interplay
between music and literature. ♪ My father fane would have me
take a man that hath a beard ♪ ♪ My mother she cries out a
lack and makes me much afraid ♪ My people have inspired me along the way. I would cite in particular my parents. I was raised in a home where
I was surrounded by music and books from a very early age. It’s a joy to be able
to bring and interweave two things that I have
loved since childhood, literature and music into my daily work. But I would say at the moment the thing that I love most about
it is the opportunity to advocate for women’s writing and for the workings of
gender in both historical context and our contemporary culture. And I would say that
that extends to my work as a scholar, my work as a teacher and now also as a university administrator thinking about the
importance of the humanities in Canadian culture.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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