Research Chat Podcast


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Introducing Research Chat

Launched in 2020, Research Chat is a podcast showcasing graduate students' research and experiences at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The second season features graduate students from diverse faculties and departments, including Human and Social Sciences, Geography and Environmental Studies, Psychology, Music, and more. Students exploring similar areas of interest interview each other about their ongoing research. Each episode set switches who is the interviewer and who is the interviewee. Both episodes feature engaging conversations about current research practices. Students also share how COVID-19 has affected them in their research programs.

Each podcast is complemented by an article and supplementary materials. The first season of Research Chat is also available, which features graduate students discussing risk management by insurance companies, climate change action, improving hiring practices, babies without birth registration, a recreation program for disabled kids, and giving voice to the voiceless.

Research Chat is a partnership between the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, WLU Library/WLUPress and the Office of Research.

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"The plain language and conversational format of Research Chat provides an excellent venue for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to reach both traditional and non-traditional audiences, and a means to enhance the impact of their research and findings."

Brent Wolfe, Acting Associate Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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African Canadian Girls as Activists in Ontario’s High Schools

Esther Hayford, Social Work

The first episode of Research Chat season 2 features Esther Hayford, pronouns she/her, a PhD candidate in the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Laurier. Her research focuses on African girls and activism in high schools in Ontario. Esther is completing her data collection with Associate Professor Ann Curry-Stevens and Professor Edward Shizha. In episode 1, Esther shares her research with Deb Shelley, who is completing the Master of Community Music program at Laurier. Both researchers use their personal experiences to focus their research interests to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Singing Ourselves to Death

Deb Shelley, Community Music

The second episode of Research Chat Season 2 features Deb Shelley, pronouns she/her, who shares her research with Esther Hayford, a PhD candidate in the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Laurier. Both researchers use their personal experiences to focus their research interests to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Integrating International Students into Canada’s Economy

Nelson Graham, Balsillie School of International Affairs

In the third episode of Research Chat Season 2, Nelson Graham, pronouns he/him, a PhD candidate in the Global Governance program of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, hosted by Laurier, is interviewed by Ali Jasemi, who is pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology at Laurier at the Language and Literacy lab under Professor Alexandra Gottardo’s supervision. Both researchers study the experiences of newcomers to Canada.

 

Episode 3 - Nelson Graham
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Supporting the Success of New Immigrants to Canada

Ali Jasemi, Psychology

In the fourth episode of Research Chat Season 2, Ali Jasemi, pronouns he/him, who is pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology at Laurier at the Language and Literacy lab, is interviewed by Nelson Graham, a PhD candidate in the Global Governance program of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, hosted by Laurier. Both researchers study the experiences of newcomers to Canada.

 

Episode 4 - Ali Jasemi
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The History of Infectious Disease in the Era of COVID-19

Eric Story, History

In the fifth episode of Research Chat Season 2, Eric Story, pronouns he/him, a historian of infectious disease in the 20th century and outreach manager of the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada, is interviewed by Tyler Pacheco, a social psychologist and research theme ambassador for Laurier’s research strength area Psychological and Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being. Eric and Tyler both study respiratory diseases in different contexts and time periods.

Episode 5 - Eric Story
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The COVID-19 Crisis and Canadian Workers' Well-Being

Tyler Pacheco, Social Psychology

In the sixth episode of Research Chat Season 2, Tyler Pacheco, a PhD student and social psychologist who is working on the research team exploring "Overcoming the unseen: The effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the mental health of Canadian-based workers," is interviewed by Eric Story, a doctoral student in the Department of History and a historian of infectious disease in the 20th century. Both researchers study respiratory diseases in different contexts and time periods.

 

Episode 6 - Tyler Pacheco
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By-Law Enforcement Responses to Homelessness and Encampments

Natasha Martino, Criminology

The seventh episode of Research Chat Season 2 features Natasha Martino, pronouns she/her, a Master of Criminology researcher focused on the role that by-law enforcement and municipal ordinances play in the social control and management of homelessness and homeless encampments across Ontario.

She is interviewed by Ali Diebold, a feminist community-based researcher, social worker, and human rights advocate who is pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Laurier.

Both researchers examine the interactions that vulnerable people have with the criminal justice system.

Episode 7 - Natasha Martino
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Reintegrating Incarcerated Women through Employment Programs

Ali Diebold, Faculty of Social Work

The eighth episode of Research Chat Season 2 features Ali Diebold, pronouns she/her, who is a feminist community-based researcher, social worker, and human rights advocate who is pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Laurier.

She is interviewed by Natasha Martino, a researcher in the realm of homelessness and policing, pursuing a Master of Arts in Criminology at Laurier.

Both researchers examine the interactions that vulnerable people have with the criminal justice system.

Episode 8 - Ali Diebold
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Sattelite Measurements of Lake Ice from Space

Gifty Attiah, Geography and Environmental Studies

The ninth episode of Research Chat Season 2 features Gifty Attiah, pronouns she/her, who is an international student pursuing a PhD in Geography.

She is interviewed by Caitlyn Lyons, a northern ecologist and environmentalist passionate about sustainability and science communication who is pursuing a PhD in Biological and Chemical Sciences at Laurier.

Gifty and Caitlyn are both completing their fieldwork in the Northwest Territories.

Episode 9 - Gifty Attiah
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Permafrost Thaw Affects Plants in Northwest Territories

Caitlyn Lyons, Biological and Chemical Sciences

Caitlyn Lyons, pronouns she/her, is a northern ecologist and environmentalist passionate about sustainability and science communication. She is is pursuing a PhD in Biological and Chemical Sciences at Laurier.

She is interviewed by Gifty Attiah, an international student pursuing a PhD in Geography, and has a particular interest in using geospatial tools to solve environmental and climate issues.

Caitlyn and Gifty are both completing their fieldwork in the Northwest Territories.

Episode 10 - Caitlyn Lyons
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Belonging in 2SLGBTQ+ Leisure Spaces

Tin Vo, Faculty of Social Work

The eleventh episode of Research Chat Season 2 features Tin Vo, pronouns he/him, an equity-focused researcher and public health practitioner who is pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Laurier’s Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work.

He is interviewed by Rosemary Dupuis, a human rights advocate and feminist pursuing her PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

They have a mutual research interest in safe spaces and inclusion, discrimination, intersectionality and well-being.

Episode 11 - Tin Vo
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Policies to Support African Women Refugees’ Mental Health

Rosemary Dupuis, Balsillie School of International Affairs

The final episode of Research Chat for Season 2 features Rosemary Dupuis, pronouns she/her, a human rights advocate and feminist pursuing her PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

She is interviewed by Tin Vo, an equity-focused researcher and public health practitioner who is pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Laurier’s Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work.

They have a mutual research interest in safe spaces and inclusion, discrimination, intersectionality and well-being.

Episode 12 - Rosemary Dupuis

Season One of Research Chat

About Season One

The first season of Research Chat addresses complex societal issues such as the lack of diversity within corporate board rooms, reimagining a "green future," and inclusive physical activity programming for children with disabilities.

Each episode illustrates how Laurier graduate students engage in understanding critical issues facing Canadians today.

Gratitude List

Research Chat would not be possible without the following contributors:

Executive Producers

  • Paula Fletcher, associate dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Douglas Deutschman (@doug_deutschman), associate vice-president and dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Jonathan Newman (@LaurierVPR), vice-president: research

Producer and Host

  • Shawna Reibling (@LaurierResearch), knowledge mobilization officer, Office of Research Services

Sound Design and Editing

  • Craig Galbraith, WLU Press
  • Shawna Reibling, knowledge mobilization officer, Office of Research Services

Transcription

  • Maia Desjardins and team at WLU Press / Laurier Library

Logo Design and Webpage

Additional Assistance

Support and Funding

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Office of Research Services
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • WLU Press / Laurier Library

Music Credits

Contact

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"I hope that Research Chat builds our sense of conducting research as a part of a community of scholars and brings out the human element of research in a way that other forms of research communications cannot."

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research