December 2016 - November 2021

This five-year multinational project consists of overlapping research activities. In each community, the design of these activities is informed by the priorities established by community, industry and youth partners.

Year 1:

Community engagement and youth-centric participatory research and advocacy.

This phase will involve a range of participatory qualitative methods to identify and explore the contextually and culturally specific impacts of oil and gas extraction and climate change on young people’s resilience and that of their communities.

Participatory Research Methods:

  • Photovoice
  • Digital storytelling
  • Body Mapping
  • Art and Play based multi-media approaches

Years 2-4:

Youth Survey, Biological Data Collection and Ecological Data Collection

(a) A youth-informed resilience survey will be conducted.

(b) Collection and assay of stress biomarker such as hair cortisol and DHEA levels will be tracked over time to observe the inter-generational effects.

(c) With young people as citizen scientists, we will conduct assessments of environmental resilience that include identification of monitoring points in relation to potential pollution sources affecting water and air quality. Long-term fluctuations in various pollutants that impact environmental health can then be statistically evaluated for trends.

(d) In collaboration with local youth, and under the mentorship of the research team, assessments of each community’s resilience will be conducted through interviews and focus group discussions with elders to investigate economic development, social and cultural capital, communication patterns, and community competence when dealing with crises.

Year 5:

Data analysis with an emphasis on seeking convergence in the findings. Strong emphasis will be placed on developing training materials and reporting back to communities.