Community engagement and youth-centric participatory research and advocacy.
This phase involved a range of participatory qualitative methods to identify and explore the contextually and culturally specific impacts of oil and gas extraction and refinement on youth resilience and that of their communities.
Participatory Research Methods:
- Digital storytelling
- Body mapping
- Art and Play-based multi-media approaches
Youth Survey, Biological Data Collection, and Ecological Data Collection
(a) A youth-informed resilience survey was conducted.
(b) Stress biomarkers, including hair cortisol and DHEA were measured over time in youth to investigate the inter-generational effects of chronic stress exposure on young people’s biological systems.
(c) With young people as citizen scientists, we conducted assessments of environmental resilience that included 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 were then statistically evaluated for trends.
(d) In collaboration with local youth, and under the mentorship of the research team, assessments of each community’s resilience was 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.