Bio (Kathleen Manion)

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Kathleen Manion

Kathleen Manion


Associate Professor


Humanitarian Studies


Kathleen Manion is an educator and researcher who has spent the past 20 years working within social and community services. She is passionate about social justice and social inclusion and particularly interested in helping to bridge the gap between practitioner experiential knowledge, academic theory and policy objectives across multiple disciplines. Manion's interests lean towards supporting children and young people to reach their full potential. Using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and community engagement processes, Manion has worked on projects tackling issues related to child protection, homelessness, healthy early childhood development, environmental protection, family violence, youth justice, and international social work.


Before joining Royal Roads in 2013, Manion’s diverse experience included research and practice in various countries and settings, working at both a national ministerial level and also at the grassroots. She has had a range of policy, practice, research and academic experience in social work, social justice and community development. She has taught various social work, sociology and research methodology courses at the University of East London and Vancouver Island University.


Manion completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo (BA in psychology, diploma in peace and conflict studies and certificate in social work). She earned her master’s (international social work and community development studies) and her PhD in sociology from the University of East London in the UK. Manion's doctoral studies focused on the perceptions of success of interventions with commercially sexually exploited girls in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.