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Wednesday, June 14 • 16:30 - 18:00
Resilience in Challenging Contexts - Beth Payne, Blair G. Wilson, Roy William Mayega

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Resilience in Challenging Contexts

Abstract #224
Title: Resilience at Work
Beth Payne (U.S. Department of State, USA)
Co-Authors: Laura Miller, Ray Leki
There has been a significant increase in resilience research over the past decade and the U.S. Department of State’s new Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR) has translated this research into practical training for U.S. diplomats.
Methods: As diplomats and their families live and work in more dangerous environments, they need new tools and skills to foster personal, familial, and community resilience. Drawing from evolving research in many fields, CEFAR designed a resilience model that is practical, easy to use, and has demonstrated a positive impact. Resilience enhancement techniques were identified to use in a crisis, ensuring diplomats achieve foreign policy goals despite natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and civil unrest. The CEFAR team also designed specialized training for senior leaders, helping them understand how to foster resilient teams even in the most challenging and dangerous diplomatic outposts.
Converting resilience research for use in the workplace is a challenge, but the multidisciplinary team succeeded by translating research findings into practical guidance, in situ testing, and relentlessly adjusting its approach. The result is an array of resilience training programs making a positive impact on how U.S. diplomats perform overseas.

Abstract #184
Title: The Road Less Traveled: A Rural Queer Challenge to Resilience Research
 Blair G. Wilson (McMaster University, Canada)
This paper presents a critical discourse analysis of the literature on resilience among rural queer communities within Western contexts (e.g. Canada, United Kingdom, & United States) to examine how socio-political discourses inform the research. I then conclude with recommendations for future research that is grounded in critical arts-based participatory research.
Methods: This paper employs a method to critical discourse analysis proposed by Rossiter (2005) whereby the reader of a text(s) (e.g. conversation, literature, images, etc.) addresses the following questions 1) identification of ruling discourses, 2) oppositions and contractions between discourses, 3) positons for “actors”created by discourses in use, and 4) the constructed nature of experience itself. For the purposes of this paper, I define actors as the “researcher,”“studied subjects and/or communities,”and “consumers of research.”I will present the major themes that emerged of the discourse analysis and their implications for resilience research among rural queer communities.
The literature illustrates a lack of attention to the interplay of heteronormativity and rurality as they play out through one’s social location. Thus in order to better understand the dynamic effects of resilience, we must explore how people engage with discourses. This presentation will attempt to address questions of methodology. 

Abstract #288
Title: Recent work on measuring pastoral livelihoods diversification and resilience in Africa: A perspective from ResilientAfrica Network 
Presenter: Roy William Mayega (Makerere University School of Public Health , Uganda)
Co-Authors: Argaw Amberu, Kifle Wolde Michael, Abraraw Tesfaye, Bazeyo William 
Introduction:To change the resilience of pastoralist communities to recurrent adverse weather in the Horn of Africa, development agencies should in the medium term focus on 2 key pivotal investments: Infrastructure for production and Livestock practices as evidenced in this analysis.
Methods: Qualitative methods were used to come up with the resilience framework and the initial dimensions of resilience which later were validated quantitatively to inform us on community resilience pathways.  Principle Component Analysis (PCA) was used to identify reliable factors for each dimension scale.  Linear regression analysis and Structural Equation Models (SES) were applied in order to explain this relationship
Findings: The environment and infrastructure pathways were found to strongly affect the resilience of the Livestock dependant communities of Boroana in Ethiopia. Therefore in mainstreaming resilience measurement, we can use leaner indices that most represent the context such as this in Ethiopia. 

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Beth Payne

Director, US Department of State, Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience
I am a retired U.S. diplomat and assumed leadership of the U.S. Department of State’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience in October 2016. Our goal is to create a supportive inspired and nimble work force that will formulate and implement more creative and effective... Read More →
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Blair Wilson

Doctoral Student and Lecturer, School of Social Work, McMaster University
Blair Wilson is a doctoral student and lecturer in Social Work at McMaster University. His paper will engage with Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as a way to examine methodological gaps in the study of resilience among rural queer communities. Blair will pay particular attention... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 SAST
Room 02 Century City Conference Centre