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.
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
Institute for Studies & Innovation
in Community-University Engagement
Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community-University Engagement is a new initiative that builds on the history and context of commitment by UVic to community-engagement embedded in the Strategic Plan. It also builds on the work of the Office of Community Based Research (OCBR) which was created in 2007 and became a major catalyst for community-university engaged research and practice, locally, nationally and globally.
ISICUE brings the university and community together for the well-being of communities, nations and the world.
Using an innovative structure of joint community and university governance and collaboration, the Institute provides a space for the study and practice of engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary innovation. Focused on engagement, the Institute will harvest new knowledge that will contribute to solutions of community issues focused on sustainability, public policy development and improved theory and practice.
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: