Community-engaged research

Community-engaged research in action
Dr. Andrea Walsh (right, anthropology) and Mark Atleo (left, Ahousaht First Nation) reviewing childhood art work created by Mark and other Survivors of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Andrea has been recognized for her work collaborating with Survivors to repatriate artwork created at residential schools in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Community-engaged research at UVic

The university engages in research that is based in community and that contributes to both academic and community success.

UVic has a deep connection to our local, national and global communities through community-engaged research.

The areas of focus for community-engaged research at UVic are broad and deep, from understanding the lives of the homeless, to working with local school districts to chart children’s learning, to mapping community natural, cultural and sustainable resources.
- Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021, p. 32

What is community-engaged research?

UVic defines community-engaged research (CER) as “a collaborative process between researchers and community partners with the aim of creating and disseminating knowledge with the goal of contributing to the discipline and well-being of the community”.

Read more about the key aspects of CER including the glossary of terminology and the spectrum of engagement.

Participate in community-engaged research

CER requires relationships and partnerships between community members and organizations as well as UVic faculty and staff and students.

Explore some of the ways you can get involved and contribute to CER and learn about resources available to support research that is actively benefiting our local and global communities.

Our vital impact

Vital impact drives our sense of purpose as we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. 

A 2017 report Community-Engaged Research at the University of Victoria found:

  • 167 instances of impact at UVic
  • 21% of the 167 instances included an Indigenous focus
  • 71% of the 167 instances occur on Vancouver Island
  • $21 million was secured in research funding for CER projects between 2009-2015

Led by Dr. Crystal Tremblay, UVic Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship, the report was co-sponsored by UVic’s Vice-President Research and the (former) Office of Community University Engagement (OCUE). Learn more about UVic’s vital impact resulting from CER at UVic.