The Team

Pilot Research Director        

Don Clairmont

Professor Emeritus and Director, Atlantic Institute of Criminology at Dalhousie University

Don has carried out extensive research on restorative justice, youth crime, gangs, violence and public safety, majority-minority relations (especially with respect to Blacks and Aboriginals),  work innovations, and all facets of the criminal justice system from policing to the problem-solving courts. He has published numerous books, articles and reports on these and other topics in the social policy field. Nationally he has been engaged by Public Safety Canada and its predecessor in seven assessments of federal programs dealing with policing in Aboriginal communities within the past 15 years, and in the evaluation of five projects for the federal Department of Justice, ranging from a 5 year evaluation of Nova Scotia’s restorative justice program to an evaluation of federal victimization initiatives, and assessments of Aboriginal justice strategies in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI. He has been senior researcher / consultant with Royal Commissions in Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia over the past two decades. Most recently, he has been the official evaluator of the restorative justice program in Nova Scotia (1999 to 2005), director of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Violence and Public Safety in HRM (2006 to 2008), and currently is finishing up a multi-year, SSHRC-CURA sponsored multidisciplinary research on assessing restorative justice among youth (2008 to 2012)

Don’s publications in the past five years have included “Africville” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition (2007); Violence and Public Safety in Halifax Regional Municipality (main report and six supplemental reports) (2008); A SocioDemographic Survey of Officers Policing Aboriginal Communities in Canada, 2008 (in collaboration with Richard Gill),  Ottawa: Aboriginal Policing Directorate; “The Interactional Dynamics of Restorative Justice Sessions”, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2008 (in collaboration with Scott Kenny); “The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Justice System” (in collaboration with Lori Cox), Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2008; An Assessment of the Early Resolution Initiative in the  Public Prosecution Service, Halifax: Atlantic Institute of Criminology, 2009; Aboriginal Victims and Post-Sentence Engagement with the Criminal Justice System. Ottawa: National Parole Board, 2010; The Elsipogtog Quest for Excellence: the institutionalization of an innovative, community-based program for the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of preventable pre-natal birth disabilities. Department of Justice, Canada, 2010; Aboriginal Justice in Lightly Populated Aboriginal Communities: The Prince Edward Island Case. Aboriginal Justice Directorate, Canada, 2011.  See the Pilot Research website for additional reports completed.

Among awards received since 2000 are the McCulloch Chair in Sociology (1993-2004), Teacher of the Year in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (2003) and Professor Emeritus (2004) at Dalhousie University, Distinguished Contribution to the Discipline of Sociology from the Canadian Association of Sociology and Anthropology (2000), the Nova Scotia Individual Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention (2010) from the Department of Justice, and  the Research Award  (2011) from The Canadian Criminal Justice Association.

View Don’s C.V.

Atlantic Institute of Criminology

Research Associates

Charlene Gagnon

MSVU, Women’s and Gender Studies

Charlene Gagnon has been working with Professor Clairmont since The Mayor’s Roundtable Initiative in 2007.  She is an independent researcher and consultant working in the non-profit and academic sectors.  Most recently, Charlene has published the Health and Homelessness Report update for 2012 with the NS Housing and Homelessness Network, and is a contributor to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Provincial and Municipal Alternative Budgets.  Charlene has worked on a wide variety of research projects in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing, education, rural/urban development, youth transitions, equity & technology and social media. She is currently enrolled in the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Program at MSVU/St. Mary’s University.

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Ethan S. Kim

J.D., Dalhousie University, Schliuch School of Law.

Ethan Kim is a research associate for the Atlantic Institute of Criminology. He has been working with the institute since 2004 on various research projects concerning justice issues, including restorative justice, aboriginal justice, immigrants’ justice issues, access to justice and public safety. Ethan Kim graduated with a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law in 2011, and was called to the bar with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in July of 2012, as a practicing and insured lawyer.


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