Postdoctoral Researcher




Tara Mahoney

Tara Mahoney, Ph.D (Simon Fraser University) is the research and engagement coordinator and postdoctoral fellow at SFU’s Community-Engaged Research initiative (CERi).

Tara’s current research is focused on how to make public participation in academic research more accessible to diverse communities. In partnership with Apathy is Boring she is exploring role of community-engaged research in supporting young people engage with political institutions through the development of a youth-focused run-for-office program and a policy development program.


  • PhD, Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2013 - 2019. Thesis - Leveraging Neoliberalism: Participatory Politics in Canada. Supervisor: Dr. Stuart Poyntz        
  • Master of Arts, Media Production, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, 2008 - 2009. Thesis project (documentary): ForGive - A Leader’s Journey to the Vatican for an Apology for the Cultural Damage of Indian Residential Schools
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. 2001 - 2006.





  • Mahoney, T., Grain, K., Fraser, P., Wong, J. (2021). Community Resource Handbook. Community- Engaged Research Initiative, Simon Fraser University.
  • Mahoney, T. (2020). “Building Bridges for Climate Action: Strategies for Millennials” written on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation (Vancouver)
  • Mahoney, T. (2020). “Together We Rise: Youth-led Democratic Innovation in Canada” written on behalf of Apathy is Boring (Montreal)
  • Mahoney, T. (2020). “Probing elections: digital methods for political affects”. Continuum. (Special Issue)
  • Mahoney, T. (2019). Leveraging Neoliberalism: Participatory Politics in Canada. [Doctoral Dissertation, Communication, Art & Technology: School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University].
  • Mahoney, T. (2019). “Investing Politics through Creativity”. European Journal of Cultural Studies.
  • Mahoney, T. (2018). “Collective Grist: Hacking Telecommunications Policy in Canada”. Creating Space of Engagement. University of Toronto Press.
  • Mahoney, T. (2017). “CREATIVE PUBLICS: Participatory Cultural Production and the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.” Public Journal 55: 40-46 (7).
  • Mahoney, T. (2017). “Art, Politics and Systemic Change: An Interview with Astra Taylor.” Public Journal 55.
  • Mahoney, T. (2014) “The Potential Of Public Media: A Case Study of Reimagine CBC." Stream: Culture/Politics/Technology.
  • Mahoney, T. (2009) Dir. Forgive. Ryerson University 2009. Film.
  • Mahoney, Tara. (2011) "Dear Generation Why: A Letter to My Younger Self", Power of Youth and Community-led Activism in Canada, Eds: Brigette DePape and Erika Shaker, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


  • 2019 CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research for “Collective Grist: Hacking Telecommunications Policy in Canada”.


  • Participatory Politics
  • Civic Engagement
  • Youth-led Social Movements and Activism
  • Digital media and culture
  • Community collaboration and engagement