Research in Dispute Resolution at the School of Public Administration looks to develop an understanding of concepts, theories, processes and skills for addressing conflicts and disputes in the context of public policy development. The overall goal is to build capacity and resilience in societies by developing more democratic governance processes and mechanisms. Our faculty research spans a diverse range of topics including consensus building strategies, creative approaches to intercultural conflict, and restorative practices in various domains.
Voice, Power, and Discourse
Assistant Professor Tara Ney has just co-authored a paper entitled "Voice, Power, and Discourse: Experiences of FGC Participants in the Context of Child Protection" that explores the way that discursive power operates to undermine participants’ experiences of collaboration, participation, and empowerment when a Family Group Conference is used in the context of the child protection system. The research was funded by the BC Law Foundation and will be published in the Journal of Social Work.Read more