Dr. Tamas is a postdoctoral fellow in the Queen's University Department of Geography, studying sites of memory work and ways in which we derive meaning and value from loss, in order to inform the development of more robust approaches to representing and managing the aftermath of trauma. She is also an instructor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where she teaches qualitative research methods, social justice praxis, and feminist theory and methods.
Her development practice primarily involves working with non-profit social sector agencies in rural contexts. She has fourteen years of experience as an employee and volunteer within this sector, serving a range of marginalized populations, including seniors, youth, low-income families, and people with developmental disabilities, using person-centred, assets-based, and harm reduction approaches to support social justice, engagement and inclusion. In addition to a broad understanding of the complexities of catalyzing sustainable development, she has a particular interest in collaborative arts-based approaches to building community and addressing social problems.
As an interdisciplinary scholar and practitioner, Dr. Tamas is widely published in a range of journals and genres, with articles focusing on the ethical and practical challenges of representing and working with others. Her first book, Life after leaving: The remains of spousal abuse, was published by Left Coast Press in 2012. She holds a PhD and MA in Canadian Studies, and is interested in development work that engages with gender, justice, and the arts. She has also been known to wield a vicious red pen in the editing of reports from Tamas Consultants.
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