Research in the community
Creating partnerships, building community
In the Faculty of Human and Social Development we bring learning to life through community research partnerships that make a difference. We learn together about the challenges that people confront in today's world and the successes they achieve as they apply their own local knowledge and ingenuity to those challenges.
Community and research are intertwined. Community informs knowledge, and research provides a vehicle for exploring that knowledge.
Inspired learning with communities
Research aims to make a difference to communities ranging from local geographic to international; professional communities; communities of identity such as veterans or persons living with chronic illness; or even communities linked only by the internet.
Our faculty, grad students and community are engaged with a diverse range of research projects across the country and around the world. Researchers engage communities to imagine different futures.
UVic in your community and bringing your community to UVic
UVic nursing students and members of the Tsawout First Nation are participating in an award-winning pilot project called the Reciprocal Partnership Model in Nursing Education.
The project was created to increase the number of Indigenous health care professionals and to advance a nursing curriculum that provides culturally appropriate learning opportunities. It received the 2007 Education Innovation Award from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing western region. Learn more about the Reciprocal Partnership Model in Nursing Education project.
Community-based research strengths
Researchers in HSD are leading the way on new and emerging health research, community-based research and in their work with Indigenous communities. They're building new programs that contribute to the strength of communities by addressing priorities in the areas of public health, community development and health information technology.
Some of the community research themes we are currently exploring:
- new and emerging health research
- Indigenous communities and collaborations
- how governments and non-profits work
- social justice and dispute resolution
- health informatics and new technology
- the social health and welfare of children, families and communities
- interpretations of practice and social policy
- marginalized populations
- international collaborations and education
How can I
Get to know our researchers and their types of research interests. You could become a research assistant, take part in a study, suggest a directed studies topic or get involved with community engagement.
Our students benefit from our community-based research projects through practicum and co-op work experiences and through academic programs that provide students with opportunities to contribute to the health of society.
Office of Community-Based
Research at UVic
The Office of Community-Based Research at UVic (OCBR-UVic) is a community–university partnership. Their mission is to support community engagement and research to create vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities.
UVic is the home of a large number of faculty, students and staff whose work and values embrace civic engagement. Faculty members in every faculty identify their research and other scholarly work as "community-based" in one way or another.
Indigenous programming and research within Human and Social Development is recognized for its relevance to Indigenous communities. All research and Indigenous community partnerships are informed by a deep respect for Indigenous knowledge and traditions.
Some examples of Indigenous community projects our faculty and students are involved with: