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The current research of the Centre focuses on:

  • Gender, sexual violence, and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Veterans policy and the transition from military to civilian in Canada
  • Community-engaged research on war

Completed publications are available for download on Dr. Eichler’s academia webpage.

Gender, Sexual Violence, and the Canadian Armed Forces

This research is driven by ongoing policy and public debate on how to adequately respond to military sexual violence in Canada, how to advance military gender integration more broadly, and how to integrate a gender perspective into Canadian military and defence policy. Most recently, Dr. Eichler has published a chapter on “Military Sexual Violence in Canada”, co-written a Globe and Mail OpEd with Marie-Claude Gagnon on the military’s handling of sexual assault cases, and taken on the role of GBA+ Convenor for the DND MINDS-funded Defence and Security Foresight Group.

Veterans Policy and the Transition from Military to Civilian Life in Canada

This research extends ongoing research into gender integration in the Canadian Armed Forces by developing a gender analysis of Canadian veterans’ transition from military to civilian life. This research is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant and has resulted in several publications including, Add Female Veterans and Stir? A Feminist Perspective on Gendering Veterans Researchand “Gender in Veteran Reintegration and Transition: A Scoping Review“.

Gender and sexual violence are also significant veteran issues, as Dr. Eichler has argued in her article “Learning from the Deschamps Report: Why Military and Veteran Researchers Ought to Pay Attention to Gender” in the Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health Research. Dr. Eichler also spoke about the importance of integrating a gender lens into veteran research and policy at the inaugural Women Veterans Forum that took place in Charlottetown, PEI in May 2019.

To feed into this large project, Dr. Eichler engages in a range of international, national, and local collaborations. Internationally, Dr. Eichler has an ongoing collaboration with Dr. S. Bulmer of the University of Exeter on theoretically-driven and comparative research on veterans. In 2017, they published “Unmaking Militarized Masculinity: Veterans and the Project of Military-to-Civilian Transition“. Nationally, Dr. Eichler participates in research projects funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, such as the current project on the health and well-being of veterans undergoing military-to-civilian transitions and the completed project on the impact of operational stress injuries on the health and well-being of military families. She has also contributed two chapters to a new book by veteran advocates David MacLeod and Harold Leduc, Treated Like a Liability: Veterans Running Battles with the Government of Canada.

Community-Engaged Research on War

In Fall 2014, the new cross-departmental Mount Network for Community-Engaged Research on War (NCERW) was initiated by Dr. Eichler. NCERW brings together faculty and students working in the area of military and war studies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

NCERW developed the idea for an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-engaged research project on the theme of community stories of war and peace. The interest lies in

  • probing into what stories of war and peace are being told in our communities,
  • identifying which stories are more visible and which are marginalized, and
  • examining how war has affected the diverse fabric of Nova Scotia communities.

In April 2016, NCERW successfully organized the workshop “Community Stories of War and Peace” at the Mount. Please visit to read the Workshop report. The workshop was the first step in developing a long-term research project on sharing community stories of war and peace to challenge and expand current Canadian narratives of war.

In September 2016, NCERW was invited to participate in the Prismatic Arts Festival where Dr. Eichler and local artist Jessica Lynn Wiebe performed “The Weight We Share“. A reflection on their performance was published in Critical Military Studies under the title “The Art of Discomfort: Engaging in Dialogue on War.” In 2017, NCERW presented a series of lectures, in collaboration with community groups and Halifax Public Libraries, that explored the impact of war and conflict on our diverse communities.

This research project is ongoing, and we plan to produce a series of materials and events in collaboration with community partners and other researchers. Currently, NCERW is working on an edited collection entitled Crossing the Line: Challenging Community Stories of War and Peace in Nova Scotia, focusing on the experiences of diverse Nova Scotia communities with issues of war and peace. Visit the NCERW website to find out more or visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on future events.