Community Engagement Research is a two-way intellectual exchange between the University and its community partners. It involves collaborative partnerships that galvanise a broad range of intellectual and human resources and builds on existing foundations of knowledge, social networks, organisational capacity and grassroots energy. It contributes to making a difference to intellectual life, addressing current social issues and having social impacts.
Community-engaged research simultaneously meets the University’s mission and goals and community-identified needs. This scholarly agenda integrates community concerns and knowledge and academic interest in a collaborative process that contributes to the public good. Developing dialogue with communities allows needs to be defined, priorities to be set, and offers opportunities for full participation within a framework of social justice which is central to the Shopfront’s mission and practice.
Below are three publication outcomes that were developed through community-engaged research.
Counting Diversity: indicators of cultural diversity used by drug and alcohol workers in Australia by Connie Donato and Kimberley Grima
Accommodation in Crisis: Forgotten Women in Western Sydney by Catherine Robinson and Rose Searby
All Culture is Local: Good Practice in Regional Cultural Mapping and Planning. Edited by Lisa Andersen and Margaret Malone