Adjunct Faculty Research

Deanna L. Binder, PhD

PhD - University of Alberta, Faculty of Education
Former Director, Institute for Olympic Education
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Dr. Deanna L. Binder is an internationally recognized curriculum specialist in Olympic and values education. She is the author of the IOC Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) toolkit titled Teaching Values: An Olympic Education Toolkit (2007), and since 2007 has been facilitating workshops on OVEP and the toolkit in many parts of the world.

She attained her PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada and is the former Director of the Institute for Olympic Education at the University of Alberta (2002-2005). She has been a member of the board of the Canadian Commission for Fair Play (CFP), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD), now Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE).

She is an International Fellow of the Willibald Gephardt Research Institute for Sport and Education, University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany; an International Fellow for the Humanistic Olympic Studies Centre, Renmin University, Beijing; a Visiting Professor in the Olympic Studies Program of the International Olympic Academy, Ancient Olympia, Greece, and the 2006 International Chair in Olympism for the Olympic Studies Centre, Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Binder travels widely, consulting on youth and education to Olympic Games Organizing Committees (e.g., Lillehammer, Sydney, Athens and Beijing), and making presentations and conducting workshops for National Olympic Committees on implementing Olympic values education in schools and youth sport. She is currently advising Medellin, Colombia on its bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Her research focuses on the challenges of developing values education curricula which can be flexibly integrated into existing school programs and implemented in multicultural situations.


D. Jean Clandinin

PhD – University of Toronto, Educational Theory (1978-1983)

D. Jean Clandinin is Professor and Director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta. A former teacher, counselor, and psychologist she is author or co-author of 8 books. Her latest book with Michael Connelly was published in 2000. She also authored two other books: the first based on her doctoral research and the second based on research from an experimental teacher education program. A 2006 book co-authored with six former students, Composing Diverse Identities: Narrative Inquiries into the Interwoven Lives of Children and Teachers drew on several years of research with children and teachers in urban schools. The book won the 2008 Narrative SIG and the 2009 Division B Outstanding Book Award. She edited the Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a methodology (Sage, 2007). She is past Vice President of Division B (Curriculum Studies) of AERA, is the 1993 winner of AERA's Early Career Award, and was awarded AERA's Division B 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the 1999 winner of the Canadian Education Association Whitworth Award for educational research. She is a 2001 winner of the Kaplan Research Achievement Award, a 2004 Killam Scholar, and a 2008 Beauchamp award at the University of Alberta.


Philip Cook

PhD – Cross-Cultural Psychology (Queen’s University)

Philip Cook holds a Ph.D. in cross-cultural psychology from Queen’s University and is the founder and current Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD). The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) is part of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. ICRD is recognized to be a Canadian leader in community-based, national, regional and international applications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and programs of support for youth participation. These applications are unique in combining “bottom up” approaches to children’s rights that build on understandings of children’s vulnerabilities and strengths in the contexts of their communities and cultures. The IICRD conducts research, education and capacity building that has policy and community practice implications for children and their families.

Since 1991, Dr. Cook has overseen the Institute’s growth as a leader in developmental approaches to systems change supporting youth and children’s rights in the context of human development, good governance, and human security across diverse cultures and situational contexts. During this time the Institute has been working in partnership with a cross section of UN agencies (e.g. UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, UNDP), Governments (e.g. South Africa, Malawi, Philippines, Russia, Cuba, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, East Timor, Jordan, Egypt) and Government AID agencies (e.g. CIDA, SIDA), and various non-governmental organizations and Foundations (e.g. Save the Children Alliance, Medicins Sans Frontiers, World Vision, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation), as well as with children, youth, and families. These partnerships have resulted in local, national and regional systems change on various child and youth rights challenges, from HIV/AIDS, to children affected by natural disasters, to children affected by migration and trafficking, to Indigenous child protection. A special focus of the work of Dr. Cook and IICRD is strategic planning and research addressing issues of meaningful participation of youth.


Ronald Crelinsten

PhD – Criminology (Université de Montréal, 1985)

Ronald Crelinsten has been studying the problem of combating terrorism in liberal democracies for over thirty years. His main research focus is on terrorism and radicalization and how to counter them effectively without endangering democratic principles. Related interests include global security, gross human rights violations, the mass media, policy-making in a multicentric world, and the challenges of global governance, particularly in the area of security. He is one of the founding members of Terrorism and Political Violence (Taylor & Francis), the leading academic journal on terrorism studies. His publications include Counterterrorism (Polity Press, 2009), The Politics of Pain: Torturers and Their Masters (Westview Press, 1995), Western Responses to Terrorism (Frank Cass, 1993), Hostage-Taking (Lexington Books, 1979), and Terrorism and Criminal Justice (Lexington Books, 1978).


Ronald J. Fisher, PhD

Social Psychology, University of Michigan

Ronald J. Fisher is Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC, USA. His primary interest is interactive conflict resolution, which involves informal third party interventions in protracted and violent ethnopolitical conflict. As a scholar-practitioner, he has worked on the longstanding dispute in Cyprus and similar conflicts in other parts of the world. His publications include The Social Psychology of Intergroup and International Conflict Resolution (1990), Interactive Conflict Resolution (1997), and Paving the Way: Contributions of Interactive Conflict Resolution to Peacemaking (2005), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in interdisciplinary journals in the peace and conflict resolution field. In 2003 Ron received the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award from the Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and in 2011 he received the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. He has been elected as a Fellow in both the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, and holds a B.A. (Hon.) and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.


James Frideres

(Department of Sociology, University of Calgary)

James Frideres received his PhD in Sociology from Washington State University; specializing in Ethnic Relations and Social Psychology. He taught at the University of Manitoba from 1969-1971 before moving to the University of Calgary. From 1987-95 Dr. Frideres was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Calgary (serving as the Acting Dean in 1992). He served the following two years as the Head of the Department of Sociology. In 1999 he was appointed the Associate Vice-President (Academic) (2000-2004), the Acting Dean for the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the University of Calgary (2000-2002) and the Director of the International Indigenous Studies (2005-2011). Currently he is the holder of the Chair of Ethnic Studies and the president of the Canadian Sociological Association. Dr. Frideres has published 14 books and numerous papers in major national and international journals. His research has focused on Aboriginal people, Ethnic Relations, and Immigration. He was awarded both the Outstanding Contribution award (2011) and the Outstanding Service award (2003) by the Canadian Sociology Association. The province of Alberta honoured him with the Alberta Centennial medal for outstanding service to the province. He also served as the Chair for the Aid to Scholarly Publication program from 2005-2010. He is currently the Research Director for The Banff Centre.

Dr. Frideres has been involved with community and professional organizations over a twenty year span, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Law and Resources Institute and Immigrant Services Calgary (for which he was chair during the 2010-2011 year). He has engaged in several consultation jobs with government and industry over the past two decades and has worked with the World Bank in development projects in Vietnam. He has taught at several universities including Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, University of Hawaii at Manoa and McQuarie University in Sydney, Australia.


Laurie Skuba Jackson

PhD - Geography (University of Victoria)

Laurie Jackson is an inter-disciplinary scholar specializing in policy, planning, stakeholder relations, communications, and conflict management.  She has worked on projects in Canada, Russia, and New Zealand and supervised one in Thailand.  Her PhD work developed an evaluation framework for the use of consensus in land use planning; she has since published on contemporary and strategic public involvement.  Her most recent research tested mechanisms of dialogue to develop understanding between stakeholders in environmental conflicts.  She has worked with businesses to develop plans for corporate social responsibility and sustainability and is interested in working with students in any aspect of communication, planning, stakeholder engagement, conflict and sustainability.  She takes a pragmatic approach to research in hopes that the results can and will shape policy.  


Gail Krantzberg

PhD - Ecotoxicology (University of Toronto)

Gail Krantzberg is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy in the School of Engineering Practice at McMaster University. Her areas of research interests involve the intersection of science, technology and public policy. Particularly, she is focused on shared water stewardship in large lakes of the world. Governance and decision making for the protection and restoration of the Laurentian Great Lakes is an ongoing priority. Decision making methods for improved stewardship of natural resources is central to the research program. Dr. Krantzberg is committed to advancing sustainable public policy and community capacity building.


Terence Lovat

PhD – University of Sidney, Faculty of Education, 1987

Terence Lovat is Emeritus Professor at The University of Newcastle, Australia and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, UK. He is a former Dean of Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. Professor Lovat is an experienced researcher, having managed national competitive funded research projects totalling in excess of A$2m, written many academic books (including in foreign translation) and over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His main research interests fall into two slightly overlapping categories, namely, Islam in relation to the ‘Judaeo-Christian’ West, and Religious and Values Education. The overlap has come in the form of some of his project work where integration of Muslim populations in Australian schools has been the focus of certain religious and values education curriculum innovation. Professor Lovat’s recent major publications include Values Pedagogy and Student Achievement (2011) and Women in Islam (2012), both published by Springer Press, Dordrecht, Netherlands.


Luisa Maffi

PhD – Anthropology (University of California, Berkeley, 1994)

Luisa Maffi has pioneered the concept of biocultural diversity – the interconnectedness and interdependence of the diversity of life in nature and culture. She is co-founder and Director of Terralingua (, an international NGO devoted to sustaining biocultural diversity through research, education, policy relevant work, and on-the-ground action. With a background in linguistics, anthropology, and ethnobiology, she has conducted fieldwork in Somalia, Mexico, China and Japan. She has held a National Research Service Award fellowship from the US National Institutes for Health, as well as research grants and fellowships from NATO, the US National Science Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Terralingua's work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, The Christensen Fund, the Firebird Foundation, the Swift Foundation, among others. Terralingua's current projects include: Voices of the Earth, which supports the documentation and revitalization of indigenous oral traditions and traditional knowledge; the Biocultural Diversity Education Initiative, which aims to produce curriculum materials on biocultural diversity for high schools; and the development of cultural indicators to gauge the state and trends of the world's linguistic diversity and traditional environmental knowledge. With Terralingua, Luisa is also very active in the international arena, collaborating with international organizations such as IUCN, UNESCO, UNEP, and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Luisa's books include the edited On Biocultural Diversity: Linking Language, Knowledge, and the Environment (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001) and the co-authored Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook (Earthscan, 2010).


Deborah McGregor

PhD - Forestry (University of Toronto)

Deborah McGregor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Program in Planning and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Aboriginal environmental and resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, research methods, and environmental ethics. She approaches her research from a qualitative, community-based, and applied perspective. Her scholarship can be broadly framed according to the heading Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Knowledges, Sustainability, and Environment. Her major contextual focus lies on Aboriginal peoples in Canada; she is primarily concerned with the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their territories and restoration of environmental and social justice for them. Dr. McGregor has explored this theme over the course of her professional life through project in the following areas: Traditional Knowledge and Environmental Governance; Sustainable Forest Management; Environmental Planning and Indigenous Peoples; Water Governance; Aboriginal Peoples, Sustainability and the Urban Context; Indigenous Environmental Studies/Science; and Indigenous Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks.


David Rapport

PhD – Economics (University of Michigan, 1967)

David Rapport is one of the originators of the concept of ecosystem health. He has a background in economics and ecology, and has served as President of the International Society for Ecosystem Health and as editor-in-chief of the journal Ecosystem Health. He co-founded the program in environmental statistics at Statistics Canada and co-authored and co-directed Canada’s first comprehensive science-based State of the Environment Report. He held the Tri-Council Eco-Research Chair in ecosystem health at the University of Guelph and co-founded the Ecosystem Health Program in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. He has carried out eco-health assessments on three continents, devising practical methods for monitoring and assessing ecosystem health at various scales. His recent projects in Mexico, Mesoamerica, Vietnam, China and Australia focus on practical solutions for community-driven efforts to restore eco-cultural health. On Salt Spring Island, Rapport is co-coordinator (with Luisa Maffi) of the "Healthy Ecosystems Healthy Community Initiative" -- with support from the local community, the Islandx Trust and the CRD.


Maureen Reed

PhD – Geography (University of Waterloo)

Maureen Reed is currently a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research specializations are community-based ecosystem management, environmental policy making, rural community sustainability, and feminist geography. Professor Reed is particularly concerned to explain social and equity dimension of environmental and land use policies as they affect rural places; hence, her research is focused on how participatory decision-making approaches, working conditions, gender relations, and socio-cultural change affect the capacity of rural communities to work towards sustainability. She currently works on several research projects related to ecosystem management in forestry and agricultural communities, biosphere reserves, and national parks. Funding for her research has been obtained from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Status of Women Policy Research Unit, the Canadian Forest Service, and the Sustainable Forest Management Network.

In addition to dozens of journal articles and book chapters, Professor Reed has written three books, including Our Environment: A Canadian Perspective 4th Edition (2008, with Dianne Draper) and Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities (2003). The book, Taking Stands, was awarded the K.D. Srvastava Prize for academic excellence. In 2007, she received the Inaugural Alumni Award, Arts in Academics, University of Waterloo for her contribution to the academic profession.


Timothy M. Shaw

PhD - Politics (Princeton University, 1975)

Tim Shaw is Professor of Commonwealth Governance & Development and Director of the Institute of International Relations at the Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies. He researches and writes on African and other Third World governance, international relations/political economy and development, and security studies. He was until recently Professor of Political Science & International Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He continues to serve as Visiting Professor at the universities of Mbarara, Stellenbosch and Western Cape (South Africa). He previously held visiting positions in Denmark, Japan, Nigeria, Zambia & Zimbabwe. Tim edits book series on international political economy for Ashgate and Palgrave Macmillan presses. His most recent publication is Theories of New Regionalism (Palgrave 2003), and has recently coedited collections Africa's Challenge to International Relations Theory (Palgrave 2001) & Crises of Governance in Asia & Africa (Ashgate 2001) and his most recent articles appeared in African Journal of Political Science, Canadian Foreign Policy, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Global Governance, Journal of International Development, New Political Economy, Round Table & Third World Quarterly.


Elliot Tepper

PhD - Political Science (Duke University)

Elliot Tepper is a senior professor of political science and international relations. He provides research and policy guidance in two fields: Asian Studies, and pluralism in Canada. He brings to Royal Roads long experience in guiding student projects to successful fruition, and background in a very extensive array of topics. In Asian Studies his research and policy advice range from 'rice roots to rockets': a holistic approach to the field. Regarding Canadian pluralism the underlying theme is how Canada adjusts to ethno-demographic change. In this area students may benefit from his policy engagement in immigration, race relations, employment equity, societal cohesion, and global trends in migration. Dr. Tepper has held a number of leadership positions in organizations in both research fields; serves on several Boards of Directors especially of Asian Business Councils; provides frequent commentary in international, national and local media; and is very comfortable with a range of theoretical approaches, and in the nexus between academe and public policy. He provides policy advice to national and international governments and agencies. Current academic titles include Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and Senior Research Fellow in its Centre for Security and Defence Studies; and Adjunct Research Professor in his long time home, the Department of Political Science, Carleton University.