Research Chat Podcast


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Introducing Research Chat

Launched in 2020, Research Chat is a podcast showcasing graduate students' research and experiences at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The first season of Research Chat addresses complex societal issues such as the lack of diversity within corporate board rooms, reimagining a "green future," and inclusive physical activity programming for children with disabilities. Each episode illustrates how Laurier graduate students engage in understanding critical issues facing Canadians today.

Each podcast is complemented by an article and supplementary materials.

Research Chat is a partnership between the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, WLU Library and the Office of Research.

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"Our intimate graduate school experience has grown a rich research culture that supports our graduate students to thrive as leading researchers and innovators of tomorrow."

Douglas Deutschman, Associate Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Episode 1: Olga Kanj

Olga Kanj completed her PhD in Financial Economics in 2020, studying at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. Her article and interview on Research Chat focuses on the effect of cultural backgrounds of decision makers on corporate outcomes and the risk management of insurance companies.

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Episode 2: Kai Reimer-Watts

Kai Reimer-Watts is a current PhD student in Community Psychology program at Laurier and a doctoral fellow at the Viessman Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS). His article and interview on Research Chat focuses on the use of signposts to inspire broad societal responses to the current climate crisis.

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Episode 3: Peter Fisher

Peter Fisher is a PhD Candidate in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management Department of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. His article and interview on Research Chat focuses on how to avoid bias and improve corporate hiring practices.

Episode 3: Peter Fisher

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Episode 4: Allison Petrozziello

Allison Petrozziello is a feminist migration researcher and human rights advocate who is pursuing a PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. A specialist in gender, migration, human rights, and development, her article and interview on Research Chat focuses on the impacts of birth registration on children and families.

Episode coming soon.

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Episode 5: Nicole Luymes

Nicole J. Luymes recently completed her PhD in the Department of Kinesiology. Her article and interview on Research Chat focuses on the effects of community-based physical activity, using the Movin’ and Groovin’ program as a case study, for young people with developmental disabilities.

Episode coming soon.

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Episode 6: Laura MacGregor

Laura MacGregor successfully defended a PhD dissertation in Human Relations at Martin Luther University College and Laurier in 2019. Her article and interview on Research Chat focuses on interconnection between mothers and children and how this interrelationship informs maternal caregiving decisions when caregiving complex-care children.

Episode coming soon.

Gratitude List

Research Chat would not be possible without the following contributors:

Executive Producers

  • Paula Fletcher, associate dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Douglas Deutschman (@doug_deutschman), associate vice-president and dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Jonathan Newman (@LaurierVPR), vice-president: research

Producer and Host

  • Shawna Reibling (@LaurierResearch), knowledge mobilization officer, Office of Research Services

Sound Design and Editing

  • Craig Galbraith, WLU Press
  • Shawna Reibling, knowledge mobilization officer, Office of Research Services

Transcription

  • Maia Desjardins and team at WLU Press / Laurier Library

Logo Design and Webpage

Additional Assistance

Support and Funding

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Office of Research Services
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • WLU Press / Laurier Library

Music Credits

Contact

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"I hope that Research Chat builds our sense of conducting research as a part of a community of scholars and brings out the human element of research in a way that other forms of research communications cannot."

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research