Saturday, 8 August 2015

SAWBONNA: Community of Restorative Researchers International Advisory Board.

Being part of community means many voices, many hearts, much vision. Our board is just that. Fifteen countries coming together to share our expertise, research, stories, experiences. Coming together to learn with each other, to teach, to mentor, to inspire, to be inspired, to challenge, and to be challenged. To have input in social and public policy, which is intricately tied to the personal and the political of how we live our lives, daily. This is Sawbonna: Justice as a Lived and Living Experience. This community was informed by the wisdom, tenacity, and vision of Ian Marder, Leeds University, UK, whom I had the pleasure of meeting while I was there recently giving talks and workshops about Sawbonna.

Here then, Ian's poignant words:
"Last June, when I founded the Community of Restorative Researchers, I thought that it would only cater to Ph.D. students in the UK – or, at a push, to Ph.D. students in other jurisdictions. Little did I know that I would soon receive correspondence from academics, practitioners, project managers, policymakers, activists and former restorative practice participants from all over the world asking to join. Ultimately, the decision was made to open the Community to all those involved in restorative practice in any capacity, creating what I have since been calling an ‘inter-profession’ (as well as international and interdisciplinary) research network.  We must promote a critical approach to the development of restorative practices, if we expect to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of their growing use. To achieve these ends, it is essential to enhance communication and collaboration among each of the aforementioned groups, and there is every reason to believe that a research network can be the medium through which this takes place."

MEET OUR BOARD:

Monique Anderson, Ph.D. Researcher, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

Dominic Barter, Restorative Practitioner, Restorative Circles (Brazil)

Mary Clarke Boyd, Lecturer, Institute of Technology Sligo (Republic of Ireland)

Jon Collins, C.E.O., Restorative Justice Council (UK)

Haley Farrar, Fulbright Fellow and Research Assistant, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Esther Friedman, Assistant Professor, Linnaeus University (Sweden)

Ali Gohar, Restorative Practitioner, Bradford RJ Hub (UK); Justice Peace Initiatives (Pakistan/Afghanistan)

Stephanie Jones, MA student, Bangor University (UK)

Terri Kalaski, RJ Program Manager, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Canada)

Grace Loseby, Restorative Practice Development Manager, Brighton and Hove City Council (UK)

Alan Murdock, Victim’s Advocate and Independent Researcher; Director of Design, Art Institute of Salt Lake City (USA)

Tania Nascimento, MA student, University of Strathclyde (UK)

Heather Norris, Teaching Fellow and Ph.D. Researcher, Aberystwyth University (UK)

Michael O’Connell, Commissioner for Victim’s Rights, Government of South Australia (Australia); Secretary-General, World Society of Victimology

Don John Omale, Associate Professor, Federal University Wukari (Nigeria)

Yutaka Osakabe, Ph.D. Researcher, Aberdeen University (UK)

Effie Papaioannou, Independent Lawyer and Mediator; Ph.D. Researcher, University of Athens (Greece)

Branka Peuraca, Adjunct Lecturer and Ph.D. Researcher, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Federico Reggio, Research Fellow, University of Padua (Italy)

Vicenç Rul-lan, Teacher and Researcher, Associació de Justicia i Pràctica Restaurativa; University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)

Demetra Sakelli, Independent Correctional Counsellor (Cyprus)

Margot Van Sluytman, Restorative Practitioner and Therapeutic Writing Facilitator, Sawbonna Project for Living Justice (Canada)

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