- CERi Programs
- CERi Publications
- Jessie Williams joins CERi Advisory Board
- Recap: Remaking the Table Series Launch
- Recap: Recognizing and Negotiating Community/Researcher Relations
- CERi Fellow's research unmasks the impact of COVID-19 on families of children with autism
- CERi Special Research Associate Kari Grain Speaks with Am Johal for Below the Radar
- Lyana Patrick on Decolonial Planning and Community Health for Below the Radar
- Tips for Virtual Exchange and Engaging Partners Online
- Meet Jackie Wong, Community Strategic Initiatives Associate
- Announcing Lyana Patrick as CERi Researcher-in-Residence
- Faranak Farzan on Neuroengineering and Brain Plasticity for Below the Radar
- Why Money Matters in CER
- Unlock Your Research Impact: Upcoming Lunch and Learn Series
- Introducing CERi's Fall 2020 Faculty-Student Research Projects
- Uplifting Black Youth: Jackie Obungah on Her Podcast Series with Below the Radar
- MindMap: BC's LGBTQ2-affirming Mental Health Service Finder Tool
- Meet Our Fall 2020 Graduate Fellows
- 'We are Community': CERi Partners with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
- 3 Questions with Researcher-in-Residence Dr. Enda Brophy
- 3 Questions with Researcher-in-Residence Dr. Angela Kaida
- Recap: Distanced Community-Based Research Panel
- 3 Questions with Researcher-in-Residence Dr. Nick Blomley
- CERi Welcomes Three Researchers-in-Residence
- Research in the Service of Community
- Meet CERi’s first Graduate Fellows
- CERi Partners with Karen Jamieson Dance
- Below The Radar: Social Transformation — with Tara Mahoney
- Below The Radar: Community-Engaged Research — with Stuart Poyntz & Joanna Habdank
- Recap: CERi 312 Launch
Below The Radar: Community-Engaged Research — with Stuart Poyntz & Joanna Habdank
SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative was created in 2019 to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students to engage respectfully and ethically with community members in meaningful research partnerships.
In the May 12th episode of the Below the Radar podcast, the conversation explores what CERi’s role is within SFU and the wider community and what drew the CERi team members to work there.
The relationship between researchers and community members can be delicate and complicated, but it’s one that scholars, students and non-profits are increasingly gravitating towards.
Co-directors Stuart Poyntz and Am Johal, and program manager Joanna Habdank, all have extensive experiences working in community development.
Poyntz, who is an Associate Professor at SFU’s School of Communication, has been instrumental in developing youth programs at The Cinematheque, Western Canada’s largest film institute. For him, the need to recognize, nurture and support community-engaged research is more important than ever.
“There’s not an easy fit between the way those practices have historically developed and the actual work of community-engaged researchers,” he said. One of the key facets of that work is to fundamentally change things like tenure and promotion practices and policies.
It also means taking a deep and mindful look at how to build relationships with community organizations and making sure that they are rooted in principles of equity.
“Whenever you consider having any community-engaged projects, it’s to sort of have that recognition of how do you approach it? How do you lower the barriers for non-profits to be part of that? How do you empower their voices?” said Habdank, who has spent more than a decade working in journalism and the non-profit sector.
You can listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/sfuw-community-engagement/btr-episode-47-stuart-poyntz-joanna-habdank