Book chronicles decade of academic-community collaboration

July 28, 2014

Community-based research (CBR) highlights the importance of collaboration between academic researchers and community partners.

Bonnie Jeffery with U of R Press's Bruce Walsh at the Regina launch.
Bonnie Jeffery with U of R Press's Bruce Walsh at the Regina launch.

It’s based on the idea that they can best develop effective social policy and resolve social problems by working in unison.

CBR forms the subject of a recent book, Journeys in Community-Based Research, which marks a collaboration between SPHERU and the Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR) at the University of Saskatchewan. SPHERU’s Bonnie Jeffery and Diane Martz co-edited the book with Isobel M. Findlay and Louise Clarke.

As the book jacket states, “The goal of community-based research is to develop a deeper understanding of communities and to discover new opportunities for improving quality of life.”
The book includes contributions from SPHERU researchers and staff, both past and present, including Jeffery, Martz, Ron Labonte, Juanita Bacsu, Mary Hampton, Gloria DeSantis, Hongxhia Shan, Nazeem Muhajarine, Pammla Petrucka and Fleur Macqueen Smith.

The book is divided into three sections that examine the ethics, advocacy and impacts of this research. The nine chapters provide cases studies of real-life examples of CBR between academic researchers and partners in Aboriginal, urban and rural communities, including:

The book concludes with a synthesis of some of the CBR themes that have emerged as well as the challenges faced by community and academic partners alike.
Journeys in Community-Based Research is available from University of Regina Press. The catalogue is available online.


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