Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Beyond Question

It always starts with a question. At Thompson Rivers University, researchers take their search for answers to a new level. They go beyond.

They are driven to challenge conventional thinking in their search for innovative answers that can influence the world. They are explorers, pushing boundaries and seeking insights that spread knowledge and make a difference. They are collaborators, working with communities, industry, government and non-profits to solve problems that affect people’s daily lives.

And they are mentors, motivating undergraduate and graduate students to take on tough challenges, provoke debate, think sideways and become the leaders of the future.

Meet the researchers who go beyond to discover tomorrow's answers.

Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong

Dr. Richard Oppong questions what happens when non-traditional families move to countries that don't recognize their legal status as couples or parent/child.

Working with a team of research students, he is exploring resolutions to private international legal conflicts involving same-sex marriages, international adoptions and surrogacy agreements. These conflicts affect people who face deeply personal consequences due to differences in family law.

Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong

Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong
Associate Professor


Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin

By bringing Indigenous voices and viewpoints into the classroom, universities can improve our health-care system.

Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin’s research presents Indigenous perspectives to nursing students so they can create change in the health-care system. She builds cultural awareness around traditional knowledge and wellness practices to nurture a deeper understanding among future health practitioners.

Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin
Associate Professor


Dr. Joel Wood

Environmental policies that allow industries to trade their air-emission permits can result in pollution hot spots where air quality worsens.

Dr. Joel Wood works with research students to identify when this problem occurs and how to design policy to fix it. As an environmental economist, he examines the fine balance between achieving environmental goals and maintaining a strong economy.

Dr. Joel Wood

Dr. Joel Wood
Assistant Professor


Dr. Lauchlan Fraser

Mining, logging and ranching disturb the land’s natural ecosystems.

Dr. Lauchlan Fraser digs deep to find ways of rejuvenating biodiversity after industry has left the land. He works with a team of researchers, mining companies, rancher, communities and Indigenous partners to lead exploration to restore disrupted soil and plants.

Dr. Lauchlan Fraser

Dr. Lauchlan Fraser
Professor


Dr. Carol Rees

Dr. Carol Rees

A love of discovery and a questioning mind propelled associate professor of education Dr. Carol Rees into the sciences. Now she teaches future teachers that science is like a sport – to learn it, you have to do it, even if you have to get messy.

Dr. Courtney Mason

Dr. Courtney Mason

Access to affordable, good-quality food is an issue in many Indigenous communities across Canada and some of them are making their own solutions. Canada Research Chair Dr. Mason sees a role for research in the health challenges these communities face.

Dr. Wilson Bell

Dr. Wilson Bell

Assistant professor of Russian history Dr. Wilson Bell goes back in time to the Soviet Union’s Gulag years. He has discovered informal networks developed in these oppressive prisons that allowed for flexibility despite the state’s rigid regulations.

Dr. Nelaine Mora-Diez

Dr. Nelaine Mora-Diez

Armed with chalk and theories, chemistry professor Dr. Mora-Diez and her students study the isotope effects on chemical system thermodynamics. What they find could extend the life of nuclear reactors.