Kathy Sanford is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Her research interests relate to education and community engagement, focusing on ways to create and sustain meaningful partnerships across sectors. She is currently a co-Investigator on the SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) where she has examined ways in which students can be understood as knowledge mobilizers between university and community organizations, recognizing alternative spaces and places of learning.
Her research draws on Indigenous principles of learning and ways in which we can decolonize our educational practices. Kathy is a social justice adult educator and teacher educator, utilizing intersectionality as a framework to understand issues of equity as they relate to race, gender, and class. Her work is located in schools, museums, libraries, and in online environments. Recent publications include Creating Dialogue and Unschooling Education, and the co-authored books Women, Adult Education and Activism in Public Art Galleries and Museums and Adult Education, Museums and Art Galleries: Animating Social, Cultural and Institutional Change. She is the recent recipient of two SSHRC Connections grants, enabling university and community to engage in focused and meaningful research and dialogue.