Robin Metcalfe

MSW/ NCCIH Practicum Student

I am currently completing a Master of Social Work at UBC Okanagan to enhance my skillsets in mental health and trauma-informed practice for work in the fields of education and human rights.  During the MSW program I have worked as a research assistant with the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship and supported research knowledge mobilization projects with the Institute for Community Engaged Research, both at UBC Okanagan.

My current practicum with the NCCIH (co-supervised by Drs. Margo Greenwood and Sarah de Leeuw) will explore concepts of disability justice in Indigenous contexts. I look forward to learning through the experience and expertise at the NCCIH.  My current research interests also include transnational feminist disability perspectives, inclusive plurilingual approaches in education, and community-based queer and feminist methodologies.  I am engaged in collaborative writing and research about disability justice knowledge from a grassroots Fiji perspective with colleagues in Fiji and the UK, as well as development of a multilingual digital storybook portal with colleagues in Myanmar.  I experience learning as activism and benefit a great deal in my learning from my colleagues in these collaborative efforts.   I garden, paddle, wander, and learn on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral lands of the Syilx, and come to my learning from Eastern and Western European and Deaf cultural heritages. I hold a Master of Public International Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where my focus was on human rights law, and a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. My thesis engaged contextually situated PAR approaches in an environment of informally settled community rights advocacy in a broader post-2006 military coup public policy setting in Suva, Fiji.