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We are Community: CERi Partners with the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition 

In January 2020, the British Columbia Poverty Reduction Coalition became a partner of a pilot project with SFU's Community-Engaged Research initiative (CERi). The project aims to support meaningful research rooted in community-engaged practices. The research project is called, Getting Around to Feed Ourselves Well: Exploring the Intersection of Access to Transit and Food Security in Vancouver. 

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B.C. Expert panel on basic income says major reforms needed 

In late January 2021 the provincial government released a report on basic income and other reforms to the provincial income and social support system. The B.C. Expert Panel on Basic Income had conducted its research for two-and-a-half years, yielding their 530-page report titled Covering All the Basics: Reforms for a More Just Society.

The B.C. government had appointed the panel of three economists, including SFU School of Public Policy emeritus professor Rhys Kesselman along with David Green of the University of British Columbia (chair) and Lindsay Tedds of University of Calgary. The Panel’s mandate resulted from the 2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the B.C. New Democrats Party and B.C. Green Party that was needed to form government. According to Kesselman, “the Panel’s work was well supported by the Province and relevant ministries, and wide consultations were also important input to our analysis as well as more than 40 commissioned studies.” 

Read the announcement on the SFU School of Public Policy website.

El camino: The story of the women, poverty and education in Mexico project

Common Journeys was a project created for and by women of similar cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, including Mexican women from Tijuana, and Mexico, as well as Latina refugee and immigrant women living in East Vancouver. The women came together to search for concrete practices that would enable them to confront and potentially overcome the persistent and difficult challenges they face on a daily basis (e.g. low income, loneliness, language barriers and gender bias). 10 years later, a video was produced to highlight the impact of the project on the women by visiting them in Tijuana and seeing how this experience continues to impact their lives, their families and their communities. 

See the program webpage.


Research, Teaching and Learning

Facts and figures

  • 115 research publications related to SDG 1, 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)
  • 13 active research projects related to SDG 1 funded between 2016 - 2020
  • 1 course related to SDG 1, representing 175 students, offered between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 academic years