CERi’s Researcher-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods.

For the purposes of this program, CER is understood to refer to research that strives to be community-focused, participatory, action-oriented and of practical relevance to the community. It should be community-driven and promote community self-determination and reciprocity, where the research process focuses on building trust, shared interests and communication between researchers and community members.

The purpose of the program is to facilitate opportunities for faculty to share their research activities and encourage meaningful engagement across the SFU Community. During residencies, CERi will promote and profile researchers’ work by communicating internally and externally about current research programs.

The appointment allows for the Researcher-in-Residence to offer public lectures, workshops and have full access to work spaces at CERi, with support from CERi staff. This program is intended to support faculty participation from across all Schools and Departments and across all campuses at SFU.

Current Researchers-in-Residence

Yuriy Zaliznyak (Ph.D.)


July 2024 - June 2025


As part of the program, CERi will provide:

  • Access to research space, including a designated office desk and access to computing facilities as well as rooms to host workshops.
  • Support for the research needs of Researchers-in-Residence and their teams.
  • Public profile of research programs through the CERi web portal and social media channels as well as through an interview with the Below the Radar podcast.
  • Facilities to host a public event related to your research and support with publicity and scheduling.

In return, the Researcher-in-Residence is expected to participate in the intellectual life of SFU CERi. This participation may take various forms, including:

  • Presenting research in progress in the form of a public event or other knowledge mobilization event, to be determined by the researcher in collaboration with CERi’s leadership team.


The Researchers-in-Residence program provides participating SFU faculty members with $5,000 in support per term, with the possibility of extending the residency for an additional term.

Graduate students currently interested in funding opportunities are encouraged to consider applying for CERi's Graduate Research Fellowships or the CER Funding Program.