Events Archive



  • April 27, 2023

    April 27, 2023

    In this Walk, the team shares stories from Campbell River, and Comox Valley communities. Following the walk, attendees are invited to participate in a Cultural Mapping and sharing circle. Free copies of the report will be available.

  • May

  • May 17, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    This 'idea jam' brings together researchers and community organizations to explore the potential of community-engaged climate research by brainstorming specific ideas related to research collaborations, partnerships, interdisciplinary alignments and future projects.

  • May 17, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Join us for a discussion among the Climate Justice Study Collective, a group of community leaders, organizers, youth activists, and Indigenous Elders from the Greater Vancouver area who have shared their thinking on these questions over the past five months.

  • June

  • June 07, 2023

    June 07, 2023

    Building on the themes of the Participedia Summer School, this gathering of engaged scholars will explore the theory and practice of radical democracy through the lenses of power, disruption, care, creativity, the commons and new forms of democratic agency. Together, they will share stories about the impacts of radical democratic agency that address matters of concern such as inequality, Indigenous rights, racism, health crisis (including the drug poisoning crisis), and social isolation. They will consider the actions - small and large - taken in universities, communities and governments to strengthen democratic participation.

  • September

  • Join us on June 7th for an engaging Graduate Research Conversation on Journalism and Democracy in Non-Western Contexts, featuring the renowned scholar Bruce Mutsvairo from Utrecht University.

  • This conversation between Hans Asenbaum and Bruce Mutsvairo reflects on many themes of the Participedia Digital Democracy cluster and invites participants into a discussion on some of the most pressing issues of our time.

  • Meeting dates included May 18 and 25, 4-6 pm Pacific time (On-line via Zoom) and June 4-10, 9-5 pm (In-person). The Summer School was hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The summer school was a 5-credit program open to all qualified graduate students and a limited number of qualifying undergraduates, with a non-credit option for community leaders, participatory and deliberative democracy practitioners, and postdocs from Simon Fraser University and beyond. The theme of the Participedia Summer School 2023 was Radical Democracy.



  • May 26, 2022

    May 26, 2022

    Horizons is an in-person conference (with virtual engagement options) and community gathering space for knowledge generation, mobilization and collective imagination. We are all living through one of the most disruptive and transformative eras in living memory—Horizons offers a space to explore the history and futures of community-engaged research (CER).

  • June

  • June 24, 2022

    June 24, 2022

    Held on June 24th, 2022 the Community Engaged Research in Action Panel Discussion featured conversation about the opportunities, challenges, and practicalities of doing community engaged research.

  • October

  • October 24, 2022

    October 24, 2022

    This symposium brings together community organizers, movement and youth leaders, media makers/storytellers, researchers, and other practitioners of climate justice to share practices, stories, and lessons to collectively strengthen our ability to advance climate justice.

  • November

  • November 09, 2022

    November 09, 2022

    In this webinar, RJ practitioners Evelin Aquino, Anita Wadhwa, Heather Bligh Manchester - authors of The Little Book of Youth Engagement in Restorative Justice - discuss their intergenerational work toward creating systems change for more equitable schools.

  • November 17, 2022

    November 17, 2022

    Participatory mapping approaches include & empower marginalized communities in mapping, and centre community-based knowledge as spatial data. Want to learn more? Join us for a free in-person workshop on Nov 17 at 2 pm! Everyone is welcome, no experience is required.



  • January 20, 2021

    January 20, 2021

    Trauma can be stigmatizing and isolating, and mainstream culture doesn’t always make space for its existence and its impact on people’s daily experiences. This interactive webinar will explore trauma-informed approaches to community engaged research, vital to creating safer, more supportive conditions for meaningful connection and equitable work.

  • February

  • February 17, 2021

    February 17, 2021

    Many of us do the work we do because we are invested in productively challenging the status quo. Through the contributions of special guest speakers and audience members, this webinar strives to cultivate a collective toolkit for culturally sensitive community engaged research.

  • March

  • March 26, 2021

    March 26, 2021

    Field Stories: Community-Engaged Research in Times of Crisis is a day-long virtual symposium that explores a range of community-engaged research practices, stories and assemblies about current social, health crisis and change.

  • March 17, 2021

    March 17, 2021

    Through an innovative, interactive discussion featuring special community guests and audience contributions, this webinar will consider what we can do now to decolonize our work, particularly as it pertains to community-engaged research. We invite you to bring your creativity, your delight and your readiness to shift your practice towards more inclusivity and joy.

  • April

  • April 28, 2021

    April 28, 2021

    This session aims to foster collective reflection on different challenges and opportunities of youth-adult collaboration in community-engaged research. It draws on our decade-long experiences in action-research projects with young people in Montreal. We will share insights from our most recent work with a group of youth co-researchers, which explore issues related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a longitudinal study on children growing up with cities.

  • April 21, 2021

    April 21, 2021

    Through spotlighting the reflections of CERi staff and researchers while inviting in the expertise and experiences of audience members, this webinar explores how to support the communities at the heart of community engaged research through adequate compensation.

  • April 14, 2021

    April 14, 2021

    Join us to learn about and engage with SFU biologist Lynne Quarmby’s new book, ‘Watermelon Snow’. Reflecting on a work described as ‘brimming with intelligence, love, and sorrow’, and a ‘song of both love and grief’, an interdisciplinary panel comprising a political scientist, poet, climate scientist, cell biologist, and lawyer join in conversation.

  • May

  • May 25, 2021

    May 25, 2021

    This event is a special session part of a national two-day online workshop led by the University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre and Community Campus Engage Canada (CCEC). The session invites audience members to bring reflections and questions from their own regional research contexts to explore with each other and with the speakers, mapped onto Surrey as a backdrop and case study. This session is the final installment in SFU CERi’s Remaking the Table monthly webinar series exploring challenges in and horizons for community engaged research.

  • May 25, 2021

    May 25, 2021

    This event is a special session part of a national two-day online workshop led by the University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre and Community Campus Engage Canada (CCEC). This panel will share experience and report on a series of media-centred community engaged research projects that were part of the Field Stories: CER in Times of Crisis Symposium.

  • June

  • June 10, 2021

    June 10, 2021

    The workshop will examine what it means to hold, share and give over space to youth voices in community-centred research.

  • July

  • July 13, 2021

    July 13, 2021

    Join us to hear from frontline workers and community leaders about contract worker justice at SFU and strategize about how to bring food service and custodial workers back in house as full members of the campus community.

  • October

  • October 14, 2021

    October 14, 2021

    As we navigate the multi-pronged challenges that have emerged as a result of climate change and the environmental crisis, it is clear that certain populations will feel the impacts more clearly than others. Children and young people are one of these groups, but they are also structurally excluded from political decision making to affect change within the normal avenues. They are also often excluded from driving the research and research agendas that inform decision-making. This session explores this experience and walks participants through some of the participatory processes that it included.

  • November

  • November 03, 2021

    November 03, 2021

    This symposium hosted scholars and education practitioners who are deeply committed to university learning, teaching, and research that articulates, strengthens, and sustains democratic principles and practices in education. Panelists reflected on the concept of the “unbounded classroom”, and the implications of expansive and consequential approaches to university teaching and to the activation of knowledge for a democratic society.



  • June 23, 2020

    June 23, 2020

    This blog is guest authored by Dr. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of inviting Dr. Brett Stoudt, Assistant Director of the Public Science Project, to deliver one of CERi’s first workshops

  • July

  • July 08, 2020

    July 08, 2020

    On July 8, academic and community-based gathered digitally for CERi’s first online event. The conversation investigated how institutional ethics requirements failed to acknowledge the unique nature of community-based research.

  • September

  • On January 30th, SFU celebrated the opening of SFU’s ninth new location and CERi’s new offices at 312 Main Street. The opening held significant importance for CERi, SFU and the community, as more 120 people attended the launch

  • November

  • November 18, 2020

    November 18, 2020

    Remaking the Table is a new monthly public webinar series produced by SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). This series will unpack tensions, challenges and re-imagining in community-engaged research. Remaking the Table will explore strategies and solutions for a more equitable, inclusive approach to CER. The workshop series takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-2pm Pacific Time.

  • November 12, 2020

    November 12, 2020

    The relationship between university-based researcher and community-based researcher is vital to community-engaged research. It is sometimes a complicated one, raising issues of privilege, commitment and unrecognized bias. It can also be a space of friendship, solidarity and mutual learning. Join us for the dialogue with two community-based researchers and two CERi Graduate Fellows exploring this relationship.