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Olivia Kehler

Olivia Kehler Title: Graduate Student
Email: kehler-o@webmail.uwinnipeg.ca

Degree: Master of Arts
Thesis: Researcher reflexivity on empowering practice in community-engaged research
Supervisor: Supervisor Name
Entry: Fall 2022

Research Interests:
My thesis project explores the concept of ‘empowerment’ as it is applied in the field of community-engaged research in Canada. This is from the perspectives of researchers themselves as reflexivity is essential for improved practice, particularly in participatory approaches involving Indigenous peoples and communities. I have also taken part in conducting a systematic review of wise practices for Indigenous community-engaged research.

I am a second year Masters student, holding a BA in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg. I spent the first half of my life living internationally, however am now proud to call Winnipeg home. Most of my work experience is in the not-for-profit sector working with youth and young adults. I also have experience in GIS and with organizations focused on food security. I have benefitted from the MESC program’s interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and in the long run hope to leverage my personal and professional skillsets to improve environmental stewardship for the well-being of all.