Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:30 am Central CST
Addressing community and economic development pressures in rural and small town places often means accessing information and research capacity. Community-based research (CBR) depends on two im-portant variables: the capacity of CBR to generate good information, and the extent to which CBR is un-derstood and constructed as a two-way relationship that includes a set of responsibilities for both re-searchers and communities. In this webinar, we explore lessons for developing community-university part-nerships that can enhance the capacity of both researchers and community stakeholders and enable local groups to be better consumers of research. Critical policy issues at the community, university, and state level are also considered to better position stakeholders to engage in CBR initiatives.
Greg Halseth, is a professor in the Geography Program at the Uni-versity of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Re-search Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and co-director of UN-BC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small-town community development, and local and regional strat-egies for coping with social and economic change.
Laura Ryser, is the research manager of the Rural and Small Town Studies Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research interests include small-town community change, institutional barriers to change, labour restructuring, and rural poverty.
Greg Halseth and Laura Ryser are co-authors with Sean Markey and Don Manson on the book “Doing Community-Based Research: Perspectives from the Field”.