6th Dialogue and Ideas Lab Series on Resilience Research

The Centre for the Study of Resilience (CSR), Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, hosted the 6th Dialogue and Ideas Lab on Building Resilience in Challenged Contexts. This event took place in the Postgraduate Research Commons, Groenkloof Campus, Education Library, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria on 22 June 2017.

The two foci were: Conceptual issues in resilience research in challenged contexts and Methodological issues in resilience research in challenged contexts. Dr Christine Wekerle (Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University) presented on Gender and resilience research as well as Novel approaches for resilience research relevance. Dr Angie Hart (Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton) presented on Resilience approaches for the school context: Conceptual issues and was joined by Shahnaz Biggs (Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton) to present on Co-productive methodology in resilience research. Discussants for the sessions were Prof Vanessa Scherman (Department of Educational Psychology, UNISA) and Pierre Brouard (Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender, University of Pretoria).

Attendees included representatives from academic institutions (University of Pretoria, The University of the Witwatersrand and the Central University of Technology), government (CSIR Meraka Institute, Gauteng Department of Education and Department of Basic Education) and a non-profit organisation (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative - REPSSI).

Please click on the researcher’s presentation title to view a summary of available presentations:




Short Biography

Presentation Title

Hart, Angie

Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton

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Angie Hart is Professor of Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton. She is also Academic Director of the award winning Community University Partnership Programme. Resilience is her particular area of expertise and she has been awarded many grants to work on resilience research, including a current award from the Global Challenges Research Fund in partnership with others including colleagues at the University of Pretoria. She has also developed practice applications for resilience research. Angie is the director of Boingboing, a not-for-profit focused on resilience-based practices – http://www.boingboing.org.uk/. Angie directs Boingboing in a voluntary capacity. As well as being a university academic, Angie is a community practitioner with many years’ experience of working in the NHS in child and family mental health. As the adoptive parent of three children from the care system, she has much experience herself as a service user of health and social care services in both the voluntary and statutory sector. Angie has published widely on health, social care and educational services to disadvantaged children, their families and their supporters. She was educated at the universities of Sussex, Cambridge and Oxford.

Wekerle, Christine

Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University

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Christine Wekerle, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) is Associate Professor, Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Wekerle is current Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal.  She is the lead in a multi-disciplinary team research grant targeting sexual victimization among male youth. The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways study was the first Canadian study to randomly sample youth from the active child welfare caseloads and examine mental health over a two- to- three year period. She is the International Network of Child and Adolescent Resilience, www.in-car.ca, and its open access journal, IJCAR

Biggs, Shahnaz

Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton

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Shahnaz Biggs is studying for a master’s in Business at the University of Manchester and Boingboing is the topic of her dissertation. Shahnaz also currently works for Boingboing. As part of her work with Boingboing she is supporting young people and colleagues in Blackpool to embed Boingboing resilience approaches across the town. She is also involved in a Global Challenges Research Fund project related to resilience. Shahnaz has developed a particular interest in social enterprise in her academic studies. In her personal life she has a history of volunteering. Her specific interest in relation to further studies is in the role of social enterprises in supporting young people’s mental health challenges. Shahnaz will be a postgraduate student studying at Southampton University and at the University of Brighton from October 2017.  She will be a student on the South Coast DTP studentships in the Population Change, Health and Wellbeing pathway and Angie Hart will be her lead supervisor for her dissertation and subsequent Phd.

Published by Carine-Mari Jonker

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