Regional approaches to community-engaged research, a Surrey case study

May 25, 2021

This final 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 workshop, called “Seizing the Moment: Exploring just and sustainable pandemic recovery through community-campus partnerships,” explores avenues for community-campus research, learning and creative partnerships to help mobilize just and sustainable ways forward.


This session marks one step towards challenging and dismantling the sometimes problematic centrality of large urban centres in community engaged research. With a focus on the geo-political context of Surrey, BC and the people living and working in it, this session will surface some of the regional considerations part of ethical community engaged research (CER).

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.



Jackie Wong

Jackie currently works as the community strategic initiatives associate at SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative. She arrives at SFU CERi from previous experiences of working in community settings with non-profits and in journalism, in which her work focused on racial equity, housing, homelessness, harm reduction, and drug policy.


Alicia Massie

Alicia Massie is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholar, Progressive Economics Fellow, and PhD Candidate at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Beyond her academic work she works as an educator, labour organizer, and community activist. Her activism and academic work focus on the intersections of gender, labour, and race in late capitalism, as well as investigating Canadian petro-capitalism from a socialist feminist perspective.

Aman Chandi

I am a visual designer and community-engaged researcher currently pursuing a MA in Urban Studies at SFU. For my thesis, I am collaborating with several grassroots communities in Newton, Surrey and my research interests are artist-activism, informal urbanism and safety. You can read more about my community work here:

Jasmeen Virk

Bio to come.


Access notes

  • A Zoom link and login details will be shared with all registered attendees in the days leading up to the event. Those details will include options for calling in to the session using a phone or digital device.
  • This event takes place in a Zoom meeting space that is slightly different from Zoom webinars. This means that audience members will be able to enable their cameras and microphones during the event.
  • Live transcripts will be enabled during this session.
  • This session will be recorded by the University of Regina’s technical team and by SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative.
  • Participants can engage with each other and the discussion using Padlet, a browser-enabled digital whiteboard, and through the Zoom chat.