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.
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 opening chapter, written by Diane Martz and Juanita Bacsu, which summarizes a study in which academic and community researchers were interviewed about ethical issues in community-based research projects;
- Gloria DeSantis’s chapter about a project in which urban residents were addressing social services access as well as her experience as a community activist, practitioner and academic researcher; and
- Fleur Macqueen Smith and Nazeem Muhajarine’s discussion of the impacts of an early years study in Saskatoon, including community-university partnerships and subsequent early years projects around the province.
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.