Inside the Webinar
For many reasons, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighbourhood is a heavily-researched community. Many DTES residents feel there are problems with both the amount and quality of researcher intervention in their community. How can research be made less harmful?
In early 2018, a collaboration between university and community partners developed a series of six weekly workshops called “Research 101”. These workshops brought together representatives from peer-based organizations in the DTES to discuss the pitfalls and potential of research in their neighbourhood and empower them to develop local guidelines for ethical research in the DTES. Workshop discussions were summarized in a co-authored “Manifesto for ethical research in the Downtown Eastside”. In this webinar, hear how this “Manifesto” was created collaboratively with community members and university partners and learn how the Research 101 process could be replicated elsewhere.
Scott D. Neufeld, Julie Chapman, Jim McLeod
Scott Neufeld is a white, settler who grew up on the unceded territory of the Kwantlen people (Langley, BC) and now lives and works in East Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. He has an MA in Social Psychology from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is currently completing a PhD in Social Psychology at SFU and the BC Centre on Substance Use, with a focus on representations of people who use drugs in anti-stigma campaigns. Other interests include community-based research, social identity theory, collective resistance, NIMBYism, and decolonization.
Julie Chapman has been involved with research in the DTES for many years, both as a long-time research participant in drug use-related research and more recently as a peer research assistant at the BC Centre on Substance Use. She identifies as a longtime drug user, but most importantly, she identifies as a survivor of childhood trauma. She volunteers on the board of Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV), works as a peer support outreach worker, is an avid writer and poet with many pieces published in Vancouver’s Megaphone Magazine and has a co-authored academic publication in AIDS and Behavior.
Jim McLeod believes the Downtown Eastside is brimming with talent the rest of the world overlooks. A self-described functional addict, chemically dependent since elementary school, people are often surprised to learn that Jim has a spotless criminal record. He is an active community member, working with Hives for Humanity and has served on the boards of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and the Drug Users Resource Centre. He is excited about his work with Megaphone Magazine’s speaker’s bureau project, working with audiences and participants to help them see people who use drugs as just that—people.