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Date(s) - 15/09/2015
12:00 am

University of Victoria

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Dr. Rajesh Tandon and Budd L Hall, the UNESCO Co-Chairs in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, invite you to join members of the Next Generation research project for a discussion of its findings study on training in Community-based Research (CBR) around the world.

Our research program in the UNESCO Chair in CBR-SR has evolved over the past three years. We have worked with many global and regional partners in identifying issues of policy development and advocacy for the vision of knowledge democracy, community-university research partnerships, the role of civil society in knowledge creation, and in the theory and practice of the co-construction of knowledge. Our research has shown us that there is a strong demand for CBR training in a variety of thematic areas, but there are also major obstacles for providing training opportunities and finding places to learn participatory research methodologies. 

The International Symposium on Challenges in the Training of Community-based Research will allow for presentations on innovative approaches for developing capacities in participatory research and the sharing of ideas about strategies for building a global partnership for training practitioners and researchers at both university and community levels in the field of community based research. The Symposium is part of a two-day event (September 15th and 16th) which will also include planning for an International Consortium for Training in the field of Community Based Research. The meeting on Sept. 16th aims to assess the capacities, interests and potential roles of our four thematic partners (PRIA, Coady Institute, IRES, ISICUE) and regional partners (Gulu University-Uganda, Islamic University-Indonesia, COEP-Brazil, and others) in the International Consortium. We intend to discuss the main architecture of the Consortium, including but not limited to: its organizational design, governance structure, institutional roles, membership and potential clients.

We welcome your comments, additions, contributions and involvement in helping to build the next generation of activist researchers with the tools and perspectives needed.


Dr. Rajesh Tandon                                                     Dr. Budd Hall
Co-Chair                                                                     Co-Chair
PRIA (India)                                                               University of Victoria (Canada)
Email: rajesh.tandon@pria.org                                  Email: bhall@uvic.ca


8.30 – 8.45

Coffee & Tea

8.45 – 9.00


  • Dr. David Castle, Vice-President Research, University of Victoria (UVic)

9.00 – 9.30

Welcome and Overview of the Next Gen project:

  • Dr. Rajesh Tandon, President of PRIA and UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (CBR-SR)
  • Walter Lepore, Project Coordinator, UNESCO Chair in CBR-SR

9.30 – 11.00

Thematic Panel:

  • Chair: Dr. Jutta Gutberlet, Department of Geography, UVic
  • Dr. Leslie Brown & Dr. Robina Thomas, UVic [Indigenous Research Methodologies]
  • Dr. Leila Harris & Dr. Crystal Tremblay, UBC [Water governance]
  • Dr. Alison Mathie, Coady Institute [Asset-based Community Development]
  • Dr. Rajesh Tandon, PRIA [Citizenship and governance]




International Panel:

  • Chair: Dr. Lorna Williams, Professor Emerita, UVic
  • Dr. George Openjuru, Gulu University (Uganda)
  • Nadhir Salahuddin, Sunan Ampel State Islamic University (Indonesia)
  • Dr. Andre Spitz, COEP (Brazil)




UVic Panel:

  • Chair: Ron Rice, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres & the BC Aboriginal Foundation
  • Dr. Catherine Etmanski, Royal Roads University, and Dr. Teresa Dawson, UVic
  • Dr. Catherine McGregor, Educational Psychology  and Leadership Studies; and Dr. Lenora Marcellus, Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community-University Engagement (ISICUE), UVic
  • Karima Ramji, International Programs at UVic Co-operative Education Program and Career Services


Moving forward: Group work & participation



  • Jane Covey, civil society leader
  • Dr. Budd Hall, University of Victoria and UNESCO Chair in CBR-SR
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