Name: Laura Lee
Organisation: The Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Role: Doctoral Student
Laura Lee is a PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Studies based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. She holds a MSc in International Health from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, 2006) and a BMSc in Honours Physiology from the University of Western Ontario (2004). Laura has done significant research and program based work seeking to strengthen the psychosocial well-being of child and youth-headed households in Rwanda through community-based approaches. She has worked as researcher and community health and development practitioner with former child labourers in India, prison children in Bolivia and communities affected by conflict and HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Angola and Tanzania. Her current research maintains an interdisciplinary approach, including perspectives of anthropology, public health, and development studies with a focus on marginalized children and youth in contexts of social reconstruction. Her work at present focuses on East Africa and the Great Lakes region and her research interests include inter-generational poverty transmission, social development, resilience, Aboriginal health, participatory methods, and community-based approaches to healing. She currently works as a Research Assistant with the Transitional Justice Network at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Justice and Reconciliation Project which works with marginalized and war-affected communities to strengthen locally-owned approaches to the reintegration of ex-combatants, justice and reconciliation in war-torn northern Uganda.