USask-led project develops guiding principles for community-engaged research


An international research group led by the University of Saskatchewan’s UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation, and Renewal has developed a set of foundational principles for community-engaged sustainability research. The paper outlines seven principles: honouring self-determination and nationhood; committing to reciprocal relationships; co-creating the research agenda; generating meaningful benefits for communities; approaching research in a good way; ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion; and emphasizing critical reflection and sharing. Chair co-holders Dr Maureen Reed and Dr Jim Robson explained that these principles are not intended to be a prescriptive blueprint, but rather a guide for equitable, respectful, and responsible engagements. “It is working with communities rather than working on communities or studying them,” said Robson.

USask | Paper (PDF)