SFU is committed to strengthening the capacity of our researchers and students to engage respectfully and ethically with community members in meaningful and productive research partnerships that are capable of making a positive difference within their communities.

Our Mission

To develop a new social infrastructure within Simon Fraser University, to entrench and expand SFU’s capacity to lead community-engaged research through the development of a one-of-a-kind Centre for Community-Engaged Research that will be unique in Canada and a leader around the world.

Our Mandate

SFU is committed to strengthening the capacity of our researchers and students to engage respectfully and ethically with community members in meaningful and productive research partnerships that are capable of making a positive difference within their communities. This commitment is intended to facilitate wider public engagement with research and deepen connections between researchers and communities.

The initiative is guided by SFU's three strategic pillars:

Engaging Students: to enhance learning by providing students with the opportunity to work with researchers in the community to solve real life problems.

Engaging Research: to strengthen resources needed to support researchers working with our community members to solve real life problems, and to celebrate community-engaged research.

Engaging Communities: to raise the profile of community-engaged research and to match community needs to researcher expertise.

Workshops offered at the Community-Engaged Research Hub

Community-Engaged Research at SFU will be offering workshops in partnership with the SFU Community Librarian to support community-based and community-led research initiatives. 

The Community-Engaged Research Hub is opening soon—details to come!

Commmunity-Engaged Research Leaders

The Community-Engaged Research Initiative is led by Co-Directors Stuart Poyntz, Associate Professor and Acting Dean in the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, and Am Johal, Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

An interdisciplinary Advisory Board provides leadership and strategic guidance.

Contact us

Please reach out if you are interested in exploring ways to get involved or have questions about upcoming community-engaged research programs and events at SFU.

Email: sfu-research@sfu.ca