Arts-Based Research

Our arts-based and participatory research projects give youth with refugee experience a platform to share their voices with academics, service providers, policy makers and other interested individuals. The pictures below were taken by youth to describe their experiences of becoming refugees and starting a new life in Canada. 

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Research Projects

Project TitleLead Researcher(s)Research Partner(s)PublicationProject Status

An Exploration of Integration Journeys and Well-being: A YPAR Project with Syrian Refugee Youth

Abe Oudshoorn
Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and IntegrationN/AComplete
Social Justice in FocusSusie Brigham and April Mandrona
Immigrant Services Association of N.S. (ISANS) and Youth Art Connection (YAC)AvailableComplete
Flash Forward Photovoice ProjectApril Mandrona
Syrian Canadian Foundation AvailableComplete
Syrian Refugee Children’s Representations of their Memories of Syria, a Transition Country, and Early Days in CanadaMehrunnisa Ali
N/AOngoing

Singing My Story: Building Capacity with Newcomer Youth Through Songwriting, Recording, and Creative Arts-based Pedagogies

Andrea Emberly
COSTI Immigrant Services, the Nai Children’s ChoirN/AOngoing

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Mental Health Promotion Research with Refugee Youth who have Experiences of Gender-based Violence: A Scoping Review

Dillion Browne
N/AN/AOngoing