Senior Research Associate & Manager (BA, MA)
Deborah MacDonald is the Senior Research Associate and Manager for the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), at York University, where she supports the collaborative, participatory action research activities of Dr. Kate Tilleczek, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Youth, Education and Global Good. Her role contributes to the collaborative design, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of research projects and partnerships focused on identifying and better understanding the impacts of the modern world on today’s youth.
As Project Manager of the Wekimün School Project, Deborah worked with the Chilean-based team and Canadian partners in creating and implementing an Indigenous-focused, socially and culturally attuned school and curriculum with, for, and by Williche communities of Chiloé, Chile. Along with other works from Dr. Tilleczek’s lab she currently supports the Rights for Children and Youth Partnership, Youth, Education and Wellbeing in the Americas, using institutional ethnography to explore the impacts of education systems on the human rights and wellbeing of young people.
Deborah holds a Master of Communication from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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