HARC Research Trainee Kelsey Chamberlin Successfully Defends Master’s Thesis

Congratulations to HARC Research Trainee Kelsey Chamberlin on successfully defending her master’s on June 17th, 2024.

Kelsey shared her research entitled, “Navigating landscapes of care: Pathways to perinatal well-being for young people living in the Widzin Kwah Watershed in northern British Columbia.”

Abstract: Rooted in an anticolonial and community-informed approach and drawing on determinants of health frameworks, my research asked: How do young people experience perinatal well-being in rural, northern, and Indigenous geographies? My research took place in the Widzin Kwah (Bulkley-Morice) watershed and used qualitative inquiry and a methodology of weaving. Data was analyzed through a process of tracing and weaving threads (akin to iterative thematic analysis) to identify patterns and generate a woven and place-based research tapestry that integrates participants’ lived experience and expertise with broader scholarship and literature. I also used self-reflexive journaling and member checking as methods of accountability and iterative learning. I present my research findings as a woven tapestry that documents ways young folks’ well-being during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting is borne and enlivened by landscapes of care within and beyond the Widzin Kwah watershed. To close, I take the tapestry off the loom and offer reflections on generative possibilities for collectively working toward reproductive justice for young people living in northern BC.