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Jennifer Ball

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
 

Jennifer Ball Contact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24262
Jennifer.ball@uwaterloo.ca
Office: CGUC 2103C

Education:
BA(Hons.), University of Waterloo, 1993
MSc, University of Guelph, 1998
PhD, University of Guelph, 2008

Professional Accreditation

Registered Professional Planner (Ontario Professional Planners Institute), 2002-present

Member of Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), 2002-present

Member of Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAPs), 2002-present

Research Areas:

Women’s community based peacebuilding; Circle as pedagogy & community engagement process; community resilience; rural planning & community development; narrative methodologies

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate
PACS 301 - Peace and the Environment
PACS 311 – Doing Development: Issues of Justice and Peace
PACS 323/LS 319 – Negotiation: Theories and Strategies
PACS 398/399 – Directed Readings (upon request)

Graduate
PACS 602 – The Practice of Peace
PACS 605 - Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

About:

Jennifer Ball holds a PhD in Rural Studies, with a focus on Sustainable Rural Communities, from the University of Guelph. Her research interests pertain broadly to women’s community based peacebuilding, Circle as pedagogy & community engagement process, community resilience, rural planning & community development, and narrative methodologies.  Her three books reflect this range: Better Decisions Together: A Facilitation Guide for Community Engagement (2015), All Are My Children: Voices of Ugandan Women Peacebuilders (2014), Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning (2010). Jennifer is a registered professional planner and worked for several years in rural Ontario. She incorporates Circle process into her teaching style, and is a Circle trainer in the Conflict Management Certificate Program. Jennifer is an Adjunct Faculty with the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. In her research and practice, Jennifer bridges African and Canadian contexts.

Selected Publications:

Books

  • Caldwell, W., J. Ball, and K. Procter.  2015.  Better Decisions, Together: A Facilitation Guide for Community Engagement. Union, ON: Municipal World Inc.
  • Ball, J. S.  2014.  All Are My Children: Voices of Ugandan Women Peacebuilders.
  • Ball, J., W. Caldwell and K. Pranis.  2010.  Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press.

Book Chapters

  • Caldwell, W., E. Ferguson, É. Lapierre-Fortin, J. Ball. 2015. “Setting the Stage” in Planning for Rural Resilience: Coping with Changing Climate and Energy Futures. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Ball, J., A. Ball, W. J. Caldwell and S. Parkinson. 2008. Questions and Reflections for the Practice of International Planning and Development. Journal of Planning Practice and Research. 23(4): 559-567.
  • Ball, J., W. J. Caldwell and K. Pranis. 2007. Using Circles to Build Communication in Planning. Plan Canada. 47(1): 47-49.
  • R. Shortt, W. J. Caldwell, J. Ball and P. Agnew. 2006. A Participatory Approach to Water Management: Irrigation Advisory Committees in Southern Ontario. The Canadian Water Resources Journal, 31(1): 13-24.
  • Caldwell, W.J. and J. Ball. 2003. New Directions for Rural Planning: Community Based Approaches to Conflict Resolution. Plan Canada. 43(4): 24-27.

Planning Related Journal Articles

  • Ball, J. and W. Caldwell. 2016. Transformative Community Dialogue: Engaging Through Circle. Ontario Planning Journal, 31(6): 1-3.
  • Caldwell, W., J. Ball and K. Temple.  2012. Prosperity without Growth: A Contradiction in Terms or a Hidden Reality in Rural Ontario?  Ontario Planning Journal. 27(5): 11.
  • Caldwell, W., J. Ball, and K. Temple.  2011. Rural Ontario: The Stories Behind the Statistics. Plan Canada. Fall: 23-27.
  • Caldwell, W., J. Ball, Y. Chan, J. Dixon H. Flaming, S. Ainley, and S. Thomson.  2010.  Key Research Interests in Rural Ontario.  Ontario Planning Journal.  25(6): 12. 
  • Caldwell, W.J., J. Ball, and C. Black.  2009.  Approaches to Environmental Innovation: A Rural Municipal Perspective.  Municipal World. 119 (11): 19-22.
  • Gallant, K., J. Ball, and W.J. Caldwell. 2006. Once Upon a Land-Use Conflict.  Alternatives. 32 (4-5): 33.
  • Ball, J., W.J. Caldwell and S. Thomson. 2005. 10 Tips to Keep the Rural Peace. The Ontario Planning Journal, 20(1): 8-9.

Training Materials and Technical Reports (Selected)

  • “Conflict Analysis Report: Masvingo & Chinhoyi Dioceses.” Prepared for Shaping Our World Project, Catholic Relief Services, Zimbabwe, December 2013.
  • “Recommendations on CRS ‘Shaping Our World Project’.” Prepared for Catholic Relief Services, Zimbabwe, May 2013.
  • “Most Significant Change Stories: Masvingo Diocese – Shaping Our World Project.” Catholic Relief Services, Zimbabwe, May 2013.
  • “Peak Oil and Climate Change: A Rural Community Guide.” Co-authored with W. Caldwell, E. Ferguson, P. Kraehling, E. Lapierre-Fortin, A. Lejcar, E. Marr, S. McIntyre, and A. Wright. School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, 2013.
  • “A Guide to Rural Community Economic Development: Best Practices for Your Community.” Co-authored with W. Caldwell, A. Churchyard, S. Holzman, J. Mercer, K. Temple, C. Toman, and B. Wilton. School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, 2010.
  • “Prospering with a Stable or Declining Population: Best Community Economic Development and Planning Practices for Rural Communities.” Co-authored with W. Caldwell, A. Churchyard, S. Holzman, J. Mercer, N. Sullivan, K. Temple, C. Toman, and B. Wilton. University of Guelph, 2010.
  • “Circle Training Materials for Planners.” Co-authored with Dr. Wayne Caldwell and Kay Pranis, August 2010.
  • “Training Resource Materials for Local Advisory Committees.” Co-authored with Dr. Wayne Caldwell and Alicia Evans, University of Guelph, June 2004.

Conference Presentations (Selected)

  • “The Use of Circles Within the University,” Presentation with Kelly Brown at the 11th International Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) Conference, Columbus, Ohio, USA, March 16-19, 2017.    
  • “Engagement! The Application of Circle to Community Dialogue,” Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Symposium, Hamilton, ON, Oct 6, 2016.
  • “Circles and Community Peacebuilding,” Presentation with Kay Pranis at Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, USA. October 2013.
  • “Circles: Engaging the Multiple and Diverse Voices,” Two presentations with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Annual Conference, London, ON. September 2013.
  • “Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning,” Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 53rd Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. November 2012.
  • “Circle,” Two presentations at the 2011 Planning By and With the People Conference, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) & Bank of I.D.E.A.S., Melbourne, Australia. December 2011.
  • “In their own Voices: Learning from the Narratives of Women Peacebuilders in Uganda,” Presentation at the Narrative Matters Bi-annual Conference, ‘Exploring the Narrative Landscape: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions’, Fredericton, New Brunswick. May 2010.
  • “Unearthing the Root of Conflict in the Countryside: Cultivating Space and Understanding,” Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) Annual Conference, ‘The Rural Development Conference’, Collingwood, ON. April 2006.
  • “Bringing Practice to the Classroom or the Classroom to Practice: Pioneering Strategies for Teaching Planning at Universities,” Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri. October 2005.
  • “Storytelling: Applications in Planning,” Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at the Ontario Professional Planning Institute (OPPI) Annual Conference, Hamilton, ON. September 2005.
  • “Conflict Resolution Models for Public Conflicts in Rural Settings,” Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at the Conflict Resolution Network Canada Biannual Conference, Kitchener, ON. June 2004.  (Full Day Institute)
  • "Space for Many Voices: Agricultural Mediation Committees in Rural Ontario," Presentation with Dr. Wayne Caldwell at the International Rural Network Conference, Inverness, Scotland. June 2003.
  • “Planning for People and Land: Intercultural Challenges in Rural Ontario,” Presentation at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy Conference, ‘Rural Canada: Moving Forward or Left Behind?’, Regina, Saskatchewan. November 2001.

Invited Presentations (Selected)

  • “Faculty Reflection”, Annual General Meeting, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, ON, October 3, 2015.
  • “Daring to Dream & Pursue Your Education”, Kid’s Alive Zambia, Mongu, Zambia, July 2, 2015.
  • “What Do We Mean By Restorative Justice?” Panel Session, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute (ADRIO), Toronto, December 1, 2014.
  • “Circle and Engaging Communities”, Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Age Friendly City, Waterloo, October 12, 2012.
  • “Gather the Women – Annual Gathering”, Radio Interview, Trent Community Radio (92.7 CFFF FM), Peterborough, March 31 2012.
  • “Doing Democracy with Circles”, Radio Interview, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Perth, Australia, Dec 13, 2011.
  • “Canada…Community Engagement and Circles,” Plenary presentation at the 2011 Planning By and With the People Conference, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) & Bank of I.D.E.A.S., Melbourne, Australia. December 7, 2011.
  • Respondent, Colloquium with Dr. Luis Lugo of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, “Fear and Hope: Religion’s Role in Conflict and Peace” (Christian-Muslim Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond), The Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), November 11, 2010.
  • “Storied Lives of Women Peacebuilders in Uganda”, The Transformative Learning Centre, and InterChange, OISE, Toronto, ON, June 8, 2009.
  • “Peace at a Glance”, Radio Bilal, Kampala, Uganda, November 4, 2007.
  • “Dialogue of Fragmented Parts”, Mpambo African Multiversity Study Circle Series, Kampala, Uganda, March 18, 2007.
  • Presenter to Canadian Parliamentarian Delegation of Canada African Parliamentary Association, on behalf of Peace for All International Development Organization, UNOCHA, Gulu, Uganda, September 7, 2007.

Workshop Delivery/Facilitation (Selected)

  • Circle Training/Workshops
    • Salvation Army Great Lakes District, Guelph, ON, May 18, 2017.
    • Salvation Army Great Lakes District, Series of 4 three day workshops, London, Guelph, Kitchener, ON,  May 4-6, May 12-14, July 11-13 & October 27 –29, 2016.
    • Transition Guelph, Guelph, ON, April 16-19, 2015.
    • Gather the Women Canada - Annual Gathering, Tweed, ON, October 25-26, 2014.
    • Carizon Family & Community Services, Kitchener, ON, April 9-11, 2014.
    • Fourfold Farm, Guelph, ON, January 2-5, 2014.
    • Gather the Women Canada - Annual Gathering, Coe Hill, ON, October 19-20, 2013.
    • Workshop for the course “Community Engagement in Planning”, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development (SEDRD), University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. Annually 2012 – present.
    •  “Peacemaking Circle Training”, Workshop Module for the Certificate in Conflict Management, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, ON. Annually 2012 – present.
  • “The Empowerment Workshop”, Kitchener, ON, March 2-3, 9-10, 2013; Cameron, ON, March 20-23, 2013.
  • “Trauma Healing and Peacebuilding”, Workshop Module for Training on ‘Indigenous, Biblical, and Modern Approaches to Conflict Transformation’ by PHARP (Peacebuilding, Healing, and Reconciliation Program), Facilitated with Dr. A. Goodman, Nairobi, Kenya, July 13-14, 2009.
  • “Women and Peacebuilding”, Workshop Module for Training on ‘Indigenous, Biblical, and Modern Approaches to Conflict Transformation’ by PHARP (Peacebuilding, Healing, and Reconciliation Program), Facilitated with Dr. A. Goodman, Nairobi, Kenya, July 17, 2009.
  • “Sustainable Relief and Reconstruction – From Conceptual Framework into Operational Reality”, Workshop facilitated with Dr. W. Caldwell for UNHABITAT, World Urban Forum III, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2006.
  • “Storytelling: Applications to Planning”, Professional Practice Course (PPC) Module for MSc Students, SEDRD, University of Guelph, November 26, 2004.
  • Conflict Resolution Workshop to Elgin and Oxford County Irrigation Advisory Committee, March 2003.

Other Professional Contributions

  • Regional Coordinator, Gather the Women (GTW) Global Matrix, 2013-present.
  • Co-Facilitator, 2013-2017, for the Waterloo Region Restorative Justice Circle.
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD), University of Guelph, 2012-present.
  • Member, Mpambo Afrikan Multiversity, Kampala, Uganda, August 2006-present.
  • Member, InterChange: International Institute for Community Based Peacebuilding, Ontario Institute for Secondary Education (OISE), July 2005-present.
  • Membership/Accreditation Examiner, Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)/Ontario Institute of Planners (OPPI), July 2004-2013.
  • Member, Policy Committee, Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), 2005-2007.
  • Chair, Research Committee, The Ontario Rural Council (TORC), 2004-2006.

Fellowships and Awards

Academic Awards

  • D.F. Forster Medal - Doctoral (highest graduate award), University of Guelph, 2009.         
  • Graduate Research Award, International Development Research Council, 2006-07.
  • Beverly Jackson Fellowship, Canadian Federation of University Women, 2006-07.  
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2004-06.  

Professional Awards

  • Canadian Institute of Planners Awards for Planning Excellence, Rural/Small Town Category, 2006.
  • Ontario Professional Planning Award of Excellence, Research/New Directions Category, 2005.    
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society. First Prize.  International Student Poster Competition, 2004.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo
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