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Byrad Yyelland teaches undergraduate courses in the social/behavioral sciences, usually Sociology and Anthropology. Byrad's research is qualitative and often in the realms of ethnography or phenomenology research. His areas of interest include higher education in the international context, the relationship of social sciences with art and design, documentaries on bamboo, and new work on the relationship of tattooing with spirituality. Byrad’s educational background includes a BA (Hons) in Psychology and MA Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary, also in Canada.
Byrad is also chief instructor of Shito-Ryu Karate-do Genbu-Kai Qatar.
Byrad has a wide-range of research interests. His curiosity is deep and he is always looking for new projects in interesting and interdisciplinary areas. In recent years he has focused primarily on identity, emotion in the workplace, interpretation and education. He is Primary Investigator for a large National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) grant received in 2012. This project features an extensive one-year ethnographic analysis of artist communities in various locations around the world and a proposal for a highly innovative artist community in Qatar. Byrad has also been successful in achieving research grants for projects such an ethnographic study and video documentary of a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Future projects include an investigation of alumnae perceptions regarding the impact of VCUarts Qatar over the past 15 years.