Margaret Holland BSc Honours in Psychology; BA/MA in Economics; PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Studies

I am a fourth-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of New Brunswick. I am working towards completing the Honours in Psychology designation under the guidance of Drs. Poulin and Gouliquer. The focus of my honours project will be examining the experiences of female firefighters using the Psycho-Social Ethnography of the Commonplace (P-SEC) methodology.
My research background is largely quantitative. I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. I currently work as a Data Analyst/Statistical Assistant for the NB-IRDT and Statistics Canada NB-RDC. So qualitative research is an exciting, new experience for me! My interest in the P-SEC methodology, and qualitative research in general stems from my interest in economic sociology. The world is being rapidly transformed by increasing globalization, technological advancement, as well as social and environmental change. A growing number of scholars, including Dr. Joseph Stiglitz (former Chief Economist at the World Bank and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), have argued that the traditional economic models are inadequate for understanding the dilemmas posed by modern realities and that these models need to be supplemented by institutional and sociological approaches. I believe that the P-SEC methodology is perfectly positioned to fulfill this need.
My goal in using the P-SEC methodology is to help bring about positive social change. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to better my knowledge on marginalised peoples and the challenges they face.