Topics of research are diverse, reflecting the multiple needs of community partners to address complex social issues. However, the projects are linked together in addressing social and other risk factors related to health and wellbeing, including poverty, food security, and capacity for social agencies to provide evidence-informed frontline services. Research and knowledge mobilization topics may include social and environmental issues, community collaboration and engagement, and food security issues.
At the University of Guelph, we have two knowledge mobilization hubs:
Agri-Food and Rural Link is the hub for knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) for research funded through the OMAF & MRA-UofG Partnership. We work out of the Office of Research, Agri-Food and Partnerships at the University of Guelph. Our research program covers 7 theme areas: Sustainable Production Systems, Food for Health, Agriculture and Rural Policy, Bioeconomy, Emergency Management, Product Development and Enhancement through the Value Chain, and Environmental Sustainability. We provide support for researchers in terms of developing KTT plans for their research projects and we also offer a unique funding program aimed at advancing the best practices and effectiveness of KTT in the agri-food and rural sectors. We facilitate knowledge exchange and networking opportunities through the delivery and facilitation of workshops and events.
The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) fosters collaborative and mutually beneficial community-university research partnerships. CESI draws on strong traditions of community engagement and socially responsive research within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) at the University of Guelph. CESI builds capacity for community-engaged scholarship by strengthening faculty and student engagement with local, national and international communities of interest, addressing faculty reward and development, and training faculty and students in knowledge mobilization.