We usually understand basic research as happening first and that it is then eventually translated into services to people in need. What about flipping that, beginning from the ground up, starting from community needs?
Dr. Masahiro Minami
I have learned how important it is for academics to work in the community and develop relationships with participants. Seeing the impact of our work first-hand energizes and motivates us to continue our work.
Community-based research is a powerful way for the university and community to work together on addressing the complex challenges our society is facing in the 21st century. I think bringing the strengths and assets of the academy and community in ways that enable the co-creation of knowledge has the potential to create lasting and meaningful change on issues that matter to us all.