Coordination & Operations Committee

The Coordination and Operations Committee (COC) is chaired by the Principal Investigator and includes the four Cluster Co-Leads (two academic and two ESPO) from each research cluster as well as representatives from IRCC and Statistics Canada. The COC is the decision-making body that oversees all research and operational activities of the Coalition.

Dr. Michael Ungar

Dr. Michael Ungar

Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael Ungar is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Child, Family and Community Resilience and a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University. He is also the Scientific Director for the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, a Knowledge Mobilization Network of Centres of Excellence. His work has influenced the way we understand children’s resilience across cultures and contexts, showing that when exposure to adversity is high, young people’s social and physical ecologies  are just as critical to children’s success and wellbeing as individual factors. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Ungar has, as Principal Investigator, completed over $6,000,000 in national and international studies. Recent multi-country studies, such as a 6-year SSHRC-IDRC funded ICURA (2009-2015), examined patterns of service use and social supports among at-risk children and their families in South Africa, Colombia, China, New Zealand and Canada.

Cluster Co-Leads

Each of our four research clusters includes three co-leaders drawn from our academic, community and governing partners as well as a team of committed partners from many different disciplines and professional backgrounds:

Broader Economic, Social and Political Factors

Language, Literacy and Learning

Social Integration, Rights, Culture and Security

Child, Youth, and Family Wellbeing