In the fall of 2021, the Faculty of Law’s Common Law Section hosted the 4th Annual Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law. Building on the recent Autumn School tradition of bringing established scholars together with emerging researchers and students to discuss the hows and whys of research in law, this most recent school was centred around the expansive topic of inclusive research.
The 4th Autumn School was organized by the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, and made possible through the support of the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, the Research Centre on the Future of Cities, and the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section.
“Research can perpetuate oppression and power structures and dynamics. Yet research has the power to give voice, to bring peoples’ lived experiences forth, to mirror life and spark deep reflection. We can elaborate meaningful questions and point to the truth, and in doing so open up a new world.”
Cintia Quiroga, Assistant Dean Research, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
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Below is a list of all of the sessions from the 4th Autumn School. Videos of each of the sessions will become available over the course of the winter and spring, so check back often.
Leveraging New Methods of Research and Knowledge Mobilization: Creativity and Audiovisual Outputs in Law Research
On the final day of the 4th Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law, Professors Suzanne Bouclin and Aimée Craft of the Common Law Section joined with Professor Sarah Berger Richardson of the Civil Law Section to talk about their experiences using creative methods of knowledge mobilization, particularly the use video, to share their research.
Inclusion of All: Fostering Transformational Change within the Research Ecosystem
Dr. Steffany Bennett, uOttawa Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion, and Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, opened the third day of the 4th Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law by recounting some of the University of Ottawa’s campus-wide efforts to integrate EDI principles into our research ecosystem.
Prioritizing research methodologies that amplify voices
Drawing on her own experience in working on access to justice for marginalized communities, Professor Emmanuelle Bernheim of the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law explores how researchers can bring a renewed social context to their work to help unmask and represent marginalized voices that are frequently overlooked and forgotten in academic research.
International Perspectives: Multi-sited Research Methodologies
As nations around the world continue to seek to understand the COVID-19 pandemic and find ways to protect their most vulnerable citizens, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) has presented both interesting solutions and disturbing challenges. This video, which features a presentation from the 4th Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law, explores the use of inclusive research methodologies that capture crucial international perspectives that can help to advance the pursuit of accountable AI.
Developing a Feminist Research Methodology to Frame Empirical Work, and Other Experiences
Professor Angela Cameron and Professor Suzie Dunn lead an informative discussion about methodologies for bringing a feminist approach to legal research. They address how specific methods of social inquiry, like institutional ethnography and a delicate balance of qualitative and quantitative data collection, bolster their work and enable them to look to the margins to include often overlooked voices and perspectives.
Designing Inclusive Research Methodologies
Professor Jane Bailey of the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Section and Dr. Valerie Steeves of the Faculty of Social Sciences have developed new ways of putting empirical social science research into conversation with policy and theory. Their research on young people’s use of networked spaces aims to give youth a chance to articulate their own experiences and needs and has necessitated the creation of new, inclusive research methodologies.
Indigenous Research Methodologies
Professor Aimée Craft of the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law leads an in-depth discussion of Indigenous research methodologies, exploring what “Indigenous research” really means. She sheds light on specific approaches to research with, for and by Indigenous communities, paying special attention to the ethical questions, community dynamics, relationships and concepts of reciprocity that must be taken into account to create effective research methodologies.
Fostering Cross-cultural Understanding in Research Training
The Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR) has transformed our understanding of Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy. This video features a roundtable discussion with some of Open AIR’s leaders who explain how the partnership approaches research training in its efforts to decolonize how we see innovation.
Collaborative, Inclusive and Engaged Research: Working with Diverse Communities
While community-based research can be challenging and emotionally draining, enormous benefits can be gained from working directly with the people who are affected by legal problems and who stand to see their lives improve through research-based solutions. In this video, Dr. Jude Mary Cénat, Professor Eva Ottawa, Professor François Larocque and Professor Delphine Nakache share with us their collaborative, inclusive and engaged research methods from their work with diverse communities.
The role of Critical Race Theory in designing anti-racist and inclusive research
Professor Jamie Liew, Professor Joshua Sealy-Harrington, and Professor Constance Backhouse explore Critical Race Theory approaches and methodologies from multiple perspectives, uncovering the benefits and challenges that can come from developing a community of scholars willing to push back against dominant narratives about race.
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