Janet Newbury, Ph.D.

Research, Engagement, Writing

Email:  janet@janetn.ca

Janet Newbury lives on the traditional and treaty territory of the Tla’amin people, who are a self-governing Nation. She does research, community engagement, and writing for a range of non-profit organizations and governments.  The focus of this work is child, family, and community wellness through the pursuit of social and structural justice. She is also a director on the board of the Powell River Division of Family Practice.

Her post-doctoral research explored community-based approaches to economic and social development, and she is now very grateful to be living in a place and historical moment in which she sees increasing attention being paid to the structural and political conditions that promote collective wellness. As a result, she has been involved in a number of recent projects that facilitate structural change informed by community engagement around such topics as: childcare planning, First Nation-led child welfare reform, child and family services, life promotion and suicide prevention, inclusive employment models, and more. She has written extensively for both academic and popular publications on substance use, social justice, relational practice, contextualizing care, qualitative research methods, post growth economies, and asset-based approaches to change. Additional interests include biking, gardening, intergenerational civic engagement, and enjoying the great outdoors.

In 2020 she was interviewed in season five of the Positivity Strategist Podcast, featuring Taos Associates who wrote chapters for the SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice. You can listen to this and other episodes here.




  • Newbury, J.  (2019).  Inclusion and community building: Profoundly particular.  SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice.  S. McNamee, M. Gergen, C. Camargo Borges, & E. Rasera  (Ed.s).  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Newbury, J. & Vachon, W. (2021). Community settings, outreach, and youth engagement.  In K. Gharabaghi (ed.).  Child and Youth Care across Sectors: Canadian and Global Perspectives. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press. 
  • Hoskins, M. & Newbury, J. (2018).  Youth in Canada: Potential, promises, and positive directions.  In   M. J. Nakkula and A. J. Schneider-Munoz (Eds.).  Adolescent Psychology in Today’s World: Global Perspectives on Risk, Relationships, and Development. Volume One: The Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: PRAEGER.
  • Newbury, J. & Gibson, K.  (2015). Post-industrial Pathways for a ‘Single Industry Resource Town’: a Community Economies Approach.  In I. Vaccaro; K. Harper; & D. S. Murray.  (eds.).  Postindustrial debates: The economies and ecology of disconnection.  London, UK:  Earthscan-Routledge. 
  • Blades, D. & Newbury, J.  (2014).  Learning to let go of sustainability.  In S. Alsop & L. Bencze, Activist Science and Technology Education.  New York, NY: Springer. 
  • Newbury, J.  (2014).  Post Growth Possibilities for Child and Youth Care.  In K. Gharabaghi, H. Skott-Myhre, & M.  Krueger, With Children and Youth.  Kitchener, ON: WLU Press. pp. 121-147. 
  • Newbury, J.  (2013).  Situational analysis: Centreless systems and human service practices.  In K. Charmaz & A. Clarke, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis: Four Volume Set.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Newbury, J.  (2011).  Contextualizing care: Generating alternatives to the individualization of struggles and support by considering loss.  In A. Pence & J. White.  Child and Youth Care: Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy, Practice, and Policy.  Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.  pp. 158-178.