Student researchers

Ari Phanlouvong

Ari Phanlouvong

Ari is a recent graduate from the Master in Development Practice program at the University of Winnipeg. Born and raised in Winnipeg to Lao refugee parents, Ari’s passion for humanitarian work was sparked at a young age. Since 2007, she has dedicated her time volunteering with School for Kids in Laos Inc. She has focused her studies on Indigenous development and has been involved in a research project that examines culturally based support for First Nations women affected by Canada Health’s evacuation policy and a study on the implementation of PAX-Good Behavior Game, a mental health intervention, in First Nations schools.
Ariane Dilay

Ariane Dilay

Ariane is a graduate student at the University of Manitoba pursuing a Master of Natural Resource Management from the Natural Resource Institute. She began working on this project in January 2017 as part of her undergraduate honours thesis to complete her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg. She focused her research on environmental impact assessment and its implications for litigation in Gujarat, India. Ariane has always had an interest in human nature interactions and finding ways to make these more sustainable. She continues to study environmentalism in India in preparation for her Master’s thesis.

Bryce Gallant

Bryce Gallant

Bryce is a graduate student at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex working towards her MA in Gender and Development. She recently completed her undergraduate degree from the Menno Simons College at the University of Winnipeg in International Development Studies. Her work has focused on rural development, environmental justice, and gender. All three of these interests have intersected in her most recent work on this project where she researched the impacts of industrial development and the role of the Indian judiciary on rural women of the Mahuva villages. 
Cassandra Szabo

Cassandra Szabo

Cassandra is a graduate of the Master of Development practice program at the University of Winnipeg, which is an interdisciplinary program that aims to prepare individuals for work in the field of community development. She has spent time working on research projects in partnership with the Manitoba Research Alliance in Northern Manitoba focusing on community economic development. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development studies at the Menno Simons College and is interested in finding sustainable solutions to socioeconomic issues.

Meghan Fallak

Meghan Fallak

Meaghan is a third year International Development Studies student at Menno Simons College, affiliated with the University of Winnipeg. Her interest in community development began at a young age when she first volunteered with Donwood Manor Personal Care Home. Meaghan has participated in several overseas volunteer projects including a community development project in Nairobi, Kenya and a conservation project in Bali, Indonesia. She now volunteers as a Disaster Management supervisor at the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society. She will be completing her practicum this winter in Visakhapatnam, India where she will conduct research on street vendors’ rights to livelihood.
Sean Goldstone

Sean Goldstone

Sean is nearing completion of a Bachelor of Sciencein Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg with a focus on forest policy and management. Throughout this program, Sean has developed an appreciation and fascination of the complex natural world, which hasenhanced his passion to safeguard the environment and engage in issues of sustainability. He is currently part of an interdisciplinary team working on a community-based research project called the “Landside Learning Garden”, which emphasizes multi-stakeholder collaboration, community engagement, and knowledge mobilization.Sean enjoys anything that allows him to get out and experience the world from unique perspectives.

Tyler Loewen

Tyler Loewen

Tyler is a recent graduate of the International Development Studies program at the Menno Simons College. His experience growing up in a small farming community in southern Manitoba influenced his education and research passions. He is most interested in understanding how rural farming communities are impacted by economic development at the national and international levels. Currently, Tyler works for Mennonite Central Committee in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. His position includes working with several Cambodian NGOs, in both urban and rural settings, on areas of evaluating project effectiveness and how to create sustainable change in Cambodia.