2019 UCRSEA Postdoctoral Fellow Katherine Laycock

Katherine Laycock of the University of Waterloo will join the UCRSEA Partnership in January 2019 as Postdoctoral Fellow. She holds a BA in Political Science and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a MSc in Capacity Development & Extension with International Development Studies collaboration from the University of Guelph where she investigated community cohesion, vulnerability, and capacity-building following natural disaster. She is a recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and an IDRC Doctoral Award for her PhD research which examined the efficacy of non-verbal communication and social capital for climate change experts in Metro Manila, the Philippines. She is concurrently working on an assessment of gender dynamics in mentorship project through a Waterloo Equity Grant and a place-making for immigrant women project through Focus for Ethnic Women, a community-based organization where she contributes as executive board member.

For her post-doctoral research, she will explore how community needs, particularly those of recent rural-urban migrants, influence public perceptions of imagery. Through this research, she intends to use imagery communication to design more inclusionary practices for local resilience planning in Cambodia.