Richard Mitchell, Ph.D.
Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies
Richard Mitchell, Ph.D.
CRN - 352
Phone (905) 688-5550, Ext. 5085
Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and completed his Ph.D in Sociology and Social Policy with Scotland's University of Stirling. His dissertation is entitled 'The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Postmodernity: A Grounded Systemic Analysis of Children's Rights Educational Policies in Scotland and Canada'. He has taught courses within childhood and youth studies, social work and qualitative research. In a previous career, Dr. Mitchell worked as a child and youth counselor in British Columbia education, mental health and specialized foster-care for two decades. His research and consultancy focus upon international and transdisciplinary approaches to implementing the human rights of children and young people within institutional and community-based settings.
- Theoretical, Social, and Legal Constructions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Human Rights Theory, Policy, Law and Practice
- Citizenship and Social Policy Discourses for Young People
- Transdisciplinarity in Theory and Methodology
- Critical Social Pedagogy
- Participatory action, ethnographic and grounded theory approaches to research with Children and Young People
- Sociology of Childhood
- Sociology of Human Rights
- Autopoietic Systems Theory
R.C. Mitchell & S.A. Moore (Eds. 2012) Politics, Participation & Power
Relations: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Citizenship in the Classroom and Community. Rotterdam, Boston and Taipei: Sense Publishers.
R.C. Mitchell & S.A. Moore (Eds. 2012) Introduction in R.C. Mitchell and S.A.
Moore Politics, Participation & Power Relations: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Citizenship in the Classroom and Community, pp. 1-7.
Rotterdam, Boston and Taipei: Sense Publishers.
S.A. Moore & R.C. Mitchell (2012) Transdisciplinary Approaches to Young People’s Citizenship: From Bystanders to Action in R.C. Mitchell and S.A.
Moore (Eds. 2012) Politics, Participation & Power Relations Transdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Citizenship in the Classroom and Community, pp. 183-205. Rotterdam, Boston and Taipei: Sense Publishers.
S.A. Moore & R.C. Mitchell (2012) Rights-based Restorative Justice in Canada:
From Silence to Citizenship in Oxford Law and Childhood Studies Current Legal Issues Volume 14, Edited by Professor Michael Freeman on behalf of The Faculty of Laws, University College London, pp. 202-218. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
R.C. Mitchell, B. May, S. Purdy & C. Vella (2012) UNESCO Biosphere Reserves:
Towards Common Conceptual Ground in The Biosphere, Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran (Ed. 2012), pp. 285-302. Shanghai and Rijeka: InTech Open Access Publishers.
S.A. Moore and R.C. Mitchell (Eds. 2012) Politics, Participation & Power Relations: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Citizenship in the Classroom and Community, Sense Publishers: Rotterdam and Taipei.
R.C. Mitchell (2011) "Sustaining Change on a Canadian Campus: Preparing Brock University for a Campus Sustainability Audit", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 12(1): 7-21.
S.A. Moore and R.C. Mitchell (2011) "Human Rights Within/Without Education: A Critical Pedagogy for Troubling Times", (pp. 189-210) An Ethics of Care: Educating the Young, Jeanne Kentel (Ed), Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing.
S.A. Moore and R.C. Mitchell (2011) "Rights-based Restorative Justice in Canada: From Silence to Citizenship", "in Press" in Current Legal Issues University College London Law and Childhood Studies Colloquium 2010 edited by Professor Michael Freeman, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
R.C. Mitchell (2011) "Human Rights and Health Promotion: A Canada Fit for Children", International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies (in press).
R.C. Mitchell (2010) “Who’s Afraid Now? Reconstructing Canadian Citizenship Education through Transdisciplinarity”, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 32(1): 37-65.
S.A. Moore and R.C. Mitchell (2010) “Theorising Rights-based Restorative Justice: The Canadian Context”, The International Journal of Children’s Rights 19(1): 81-105.
R.C. Mitchell and McCusker, S. (2008) "Theorizing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child within Canadian Post-Secondary Education: A Grounded Theory Approach", The International Journal of Children's Rights 16(2): 159-176. Guest Editor for Special Volume of The International Journal of Children's Rights 2008 16(2): 159-279 from International Conference Papers presented during 'Investment and Citizenship: Towards a Transdisciplinary Dialogue on Child and Youth Human Rights' 19-21 July, 2006 hosted by CHYS. R.C. Mitchell (2007) "Grounded Theory and Autopoietic Social Systems: Are they methodologically compatible", Qualitative Sociological Review 3(2): 5-18. S.A. Moore and R.C. Mitchell (2007) "Herstelrecht volgens de mensenrechtenprincipes" (or "Rights-based Restorative Justice", Het Tijdschrift voor Jeugdrecht en Kinderrechten (or TJK - Flemish Journal for Youth and Children's Law) 5(4): 1-22.
R.C. Mitchell (22 May 2009) "Young People's Rights-based Health Promotion in Canada's Niagara Region", paper presented during "Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009)- Advancing Human Rights through Qualitative Research" 20-23 May, 2009, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
- Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (2001-present)
- Niagara Region Child Rights Interest Group (2004-present)
- Niagara Region Public Health Department REACT program - (consultant 2005-present)
- United Nations Non-Governmental Representative 2000-2002 for the “Special Session of the General Assembly on Children” and its Preparatory Committee Sessions
- Results-Resultats Canada: Non-Governmental Organization "creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty” 1999-Present