Explore this Cross-Canada Community-Based Research Map to find who is conducting community-based research (CBR) in Canada and learn about exciting community-based research projects happening across the country. Are you practicing community-based research in Canada and want to join the growing movement? Put Yourself on the Map

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Simon Fraser University Immigration and refugees,Youth 8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Stephen Dooley

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Simon Fraser University, City of Surrey (co-chair of the Poverty Reduction Coalition and the Social Innovation Summit), Surrey Board of Trade (Director)

Research areas: 
community-based research methodology, refugee settlement, youth violence, poverty

Major Community Partners:
City of Surrey; Surrey Schools (SD36); Fraser Health Authority; Community planning tables (eg. Local Immigration Partnership); Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition; Ashoka U - Canada

Why is community-based research important to you?
"Community based research, when done well, when authentic, accomplishes two major objectives that, I believe, should drive the agenda of the university: First, it creates a level playing field between the university and community through shared power, co-creation, development of methods and interpretation of results. Second, when the first objective is met, we are much more likely to see real impact for the common good; the recommendations of CBR can to lead sustainable change and improvement in the lives lived in communities across the globe."

University of Waterloo International development,Public Health 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Warren Dodd

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Waterloo

Research areas: 
global health, international development, public health, access 

University of Victoria - 2of3 Environment,Indigenous,International development,Youth 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada
Budd Hall

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria, UNESCO

Research areas: 
Knowledge democracy, CBR training, Global networking

Major Community Partners:
PRIA- India, Christian Aid-UK, PRAXIS-India-UK

Crystal Tremblay

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria, Royal Roads University

Research areas: 
Participatory Video, resource governance, informal sector, indigenous, water

Major Community Partners:
Victoria Foundation, United Way, McConnell Foundation, T'Sou-ke Nation, Inter Cultural Association

Rhianna Nagel

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
UVic, Social Sciences

Research areas: 
food systems, youth, vibrant communities, ecological justice, social justice

Major Community Partners:
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria LifeCycles Project Society Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable

Concordia University Environment,Indigenous 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
Monica Mulrennan

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Concordia University

Research areas: 
indigenous conservation; indigenous and local knowledge; adaptive capacity; environmental change, sustainable resource use

Major Community Partners:
Wemindji First Nation of James Bay (Eeyou Istchee) in northern Quebec; Torres Strait Islander community of Erub (Darnley Island) in northern Queensland (Australia); seaweed collectors of Connemara, Co Galway (Ireland)

Why is community-based research important to you?
"Community-based research is important to me because the ecological knowledge and customary institutions of resource use and environmental management, of indigenous and local communities have informed sustainable use and proper care of lands, waters and resources in many parts of the world. Understanding and recognizing these contributions through community-based research is vital for the continued protection of these areas, and for the lives and livelihoods of the communities who defend them."

Cape Breton University Mental health,Public Health 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
Margaret Dechman

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Cape Breton University

Research areas: 
crime prevention, injection drug use, social exclusion, life course

Major Community Partners:
Ally Centre of Cape Breton and SANE Needle Exchange; Opioid Recovery Program; Cape Breton Regional Police; Cape Breton Correctional Facility; Healthy Communities, Public Health

University of Victoria - 3 of 3 Climate change,Environment,Housing,Indigenous 3800 Finnerty Rd., Victoria, B.C. V8W 3P4
Caterina Valeo

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria

Research areas:
environmental engineering, sustainable urban infrastructure design

Major Community Partners:
Capital Regional District, City of Calgary, Town of Okotoks

Jordan Stranger-Ross

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria

Research areas:
Japanese-Canadian History Dispossession Canadian History

Major Community Partners:
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, National Association of Japanese Canadians, Royal British Columbia Museum

Pierre Lachetti

Cleantech Community Gateway / Sustainable Systems Design Laboratory

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria - Civil Engineering Dept Energy Systems & Sustainable Cities Group Sustainable Systems Design Lab Institute for Integrated Energy Systems Cleantech Community Gateway T'Sou-ke Centre for Sustainability

Research areas:
First Nations, Housing, Renewable Energy, High performance buildings, Net-zero

Major Community Partners:
T'Sou-ke First Nation, T'Sou-ke Centre for Sustainability, Cleantech Community Gateway, Mitacs, Real Estate Foundation of BC

University of Victoria (4 of 4) Climate change,Environment Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Charlotte Lafleur

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria, IESVic

Research areas:
Hybrid energy system, Diesel displacement, Energy security, Marine renewable energy, Renewable energy

Major Community Partners:
Sachs Harbour, NWT, Quatsino, BC, Yuquot, BC

Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research Climate change,Indigenous,Youth 308 Hanson St, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1Y6, Canada
Jody Butler Walker

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research

Research areas: 
youth capacity building for climate change adaptation in the North, climate change and Indigenous food security in the North

University of Victoria 1of2 Climate change,Education,Environment,Faith,Indigenous Victoria, BC V8P 3E6
Helga Thorson

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria

Research areas:
Holocaust memorialization

Major Community Partners:
Servitengasse 1938 Working Group in Vienna, Austria

Rishi Gupta

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria

Research areas:
Sustainable construction, rural pavements, rammed earth for aboriginal communities

Major Community Partners:
Municipalities in Canada

David Leach

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria

Research areas:
digital storytelling, creative writing, literary events

Major Community Partners:
Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Open Space

Marvin Rhey Quitoras

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Victoria (UVic), Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)

Research areas:
Renewable energy, arctic community, microgrid, wind energy, energy systems

Centre for Community-Based Research Climate change,Disability,Faith,Gender,Homelessness,Immigration and refugees,Indigenous,Mental health UW, 190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G5, Canada

Joanna Ochocka

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Centre for Community-Based Research

Research areas: 
immigrant settlement and integration; community mental health; disability issues; marginalization; community-based research excellence; program and system change evaluation

Major Community Partners:
culturally diverse communities; people living with disabilities and their supporters; youth; community based organizations, Indigenous communities

Why is community-based research important to you?
"It is a catalyst for transformative change and justice within societies. Also a great way to meet future friends."

Rich Janzen

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Centre for Community-Based Research, Renison University College at the University of Waterloo

Research areas: 
Immigrants and refugees, faith and society, community mental health, program and systems change evaluation, community-based research approaches

Major Community Partners:
From grassroots groups to government departments

Why is community-based research important to you?
"It inspires me and others to imagine a better future together."

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Sara Kafashan

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Centre for Community-Based Research

Research areas: 
Mental health and Addictions; Immigration and Refugees; Homelessness; Developmental Disabilities; Indigenous Rights

Why is community-based research important to you?
"I am passionate about using research to facilitate social change within communities. In creating social change, I believe it is important for researchers to form mutually beneficial partnerships with communities to ensure change is not only positive but also sustainable."

University of Northern British Columbia Indigenous 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9
Annie Booth

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Northern British Columbia

Research areas: 
Indigenous; municipality, social organizations

Major Community Partners:
City of Prince George; West Moberly First Nations; Treaty 8 Tribal Association

Vancouver Island University - 2 Diversity,Environment 500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC V9R 1Z7
Pam Shaw

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Vancouver Island University

Research areas: 
human-nature relationships, community planning, ecological health

Major Community Partners:
Snaw Naw As First Nation, Qualicum First Nation, Malahat First Nation, City of Parksville, District of Tofino

Alison Taplay

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Vancouver Island University

Research areas: 
diversity, asset-based community development, inclusion

Major Community Partners:
Inclusion Powell River Society, Powell River Model Community Project, School District 47, Powell River Employment Programs

Memorial University Rural communities St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Ken Carter

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Memorial University, Grenfell Campus

Research areas:
Rural and economic geography, regional economic development

Major Community Partners:
Community organizations, local employers, Government of NL, College of the North Atlantic

Why is community-based research important to you?
"Over the past 15 plus years I have worked with community, government and business partners on issues of rural sustainability and regional economic development. Community based research has been an important element of that work. Ensuring that university research is both relevant to the communities in which we live and adheres to rigorous research standards has strengthened this work in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Engaging community and other partners to work in conjunction with our university has made a difference in the lives of citizens in our region and to learning for students and faculty. I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best CBR practitioners across the country and look forward to continuing to be a part of this movement in Canada."

Lakehead University Education,Indigenous,Youth 955 Oliver Rd Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1
Lisa Korteweg

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Lakehead University

Research areas: 
Indigenous education, Indigenous youth, settler teacher education-as-reconciliation, Land education

Major Community Partners:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Lakehead Public School Board, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Vancouver Island University Education,Indigenous,Public Health Nanaimo, BC
Tanis Dagert

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Vancouver Island University, Self-employed consultant

Research areas: 
food security, population health promotion, Indigenous health

Major Community Partners:
Vancouver Island University, Alberni Clayoquot Health Network, Age-Friendly Port Alberni, Sna-Nawas First Nations/ Health Canada, BC Healthy Living Alliance, Nanaimo Foodshare Society

Danielle Alphonse

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Vancouver Island University

Research areas: 
Indigenous, Early Childhood

Major Community Partners:
Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre, BC Aboriginal Head Start, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

University of Toronto Education,Housing,LGBTQ 130 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5
David Hulchanski

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, University of Toronto

Research areas: 
neighbourhoods, inequality, socio-spatial change, income polarization, affordable housing

Major Community Partners:
We have research teams with community partners in 7 Canadian metropolitan areas. They include the local United Ways, social planning councils, major social agencies, municipal government departments, and so on. Our funding is from the Partnership Grant program of SSHRC.

Why is community-based research important to you?
"Our community partners help define the research focus, help assess the data collected, and help disseminate policy relevant findings."

Stephanie Springgay
Website
Walking Lab / The Pedagogical Impulse / The Artists' Soup Kitchen

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Toronto

Research areas: 
contemporary art and pedagogy, walking methodologies, affect and sensory, queer, movement

Major Community Partners:
Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of York University, artists working independently in Canada, United States, Australia

University of Toronto Education,Gender,Indigenous,Youth 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
Michele Peterson-Badali

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Toronto (OISE)

Research areas: 
Youth justice, children’s rights, legal capacities of children and youth

Kathleen Gallagher

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Toronto 

Research areas: 
Youth; Theatre; Gender; Pedagogy

Major Community Partners:
Project: Humanity; Crow's Theatre; Studyhall Educational Foundation (India); Taiwanese Gender and Equity in Education Association (Taiwan); Toronto District School Board

Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Research areas: 
Latin youth, Indigenous youth, participatory research, schooling

Major Community Partners:
Toronto District School Board; Urban Indigenous Education Centre; University of Toronto Schools

National Association of Friendship Centres Gender,Indigenous,Mental health 275 MacLaren St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0L9
Cathy Graham

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
National Association of Friendship Centres

Research areas: 
Indigenous research methodologies and ethics, the social determinants of health, culturally relevant gender- based analysis, mental wellness, Indigenous identity, and Indigenous governance and policy

 

Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Karen Schwartz

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Carleton University

 

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 405 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC H2L 2C4
Marcel Simoneau

Website

Organizational Affiliations:
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

 

McMaster University 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
Martin Taylor

Organizational Affiliations:
Community-Based Research Canada, Canadian Research Data Centre Network, McMaster University

Research areas: 
Research administration and governance

Why is community-based research important to you?
"CBR focuses and grounds research on issues that matter for positive societal change, thereby enriching the research experience for all partners and stakeholders and increasing the likelihood of the results having an impact beyond the research community."