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Dr Bree Akesson


Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Global Adversity and Wellbeing, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada



Dr. Bree Akesson's program of research focuses broadly on global social work issues, ranging from micro-level understandings of the experiences of war-affected children to macro-level initiatives to strengthen global social service systems. Past research projects include evaluations of psychosocial program for war- affected children in Chechnya and northern Uganda, global mapping exercises on child protection training in West Africa and southeast Europe, and exploratory studies on pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and postpartum depression among Syrian refugee parents living in Lebanon 2016. She is currently the principal investigator for a study examining the experiences of refugee children and families living in Lebanon and Canada for which she received Ontario’s 2019 Early Career Researcher award. Her newly published book From Bureaucracy to Bullets: Extreme Domicide and the Right to Home documents the impact of home loss as a result of political violence on children, families, and communities.



Family, pregnancy, young children, early childhood, parenting
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