Critical Community Engaged Scholarship — with Liz Jackson

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Liz Jackson
Am Johal
Below the Radar
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Community Engagement
University of Guelph
art not shame
food security
critical community engaged scholarship
critical CES
university research
policy development
academic activism
municipal partnerships

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, situated at the University of Guelph, brings together community and campus skills and resources in order to advance community-identified research goals. This episode describes various projects, such as the Community Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) Program, the Research Shop, and the Guelph Lab.

Am and Liz discuss the role of the Institute and how community engaged research can be used to provide a foundation for policy development and in widening imaginations and creating possibilities on the ground. Liz also describes her life trajectory that brought her to this work and led her to Critical Community Engaged Scholarship.


Liz Jackson is the director of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph. Liz has also previously worked as the Research Collection Coordinator at the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice Project and the Community Engagement Officer at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. 

Currently, Liz  is the board chair of Art Not Shame,  a community-engaged, multidisciplinary arts organization serving youth and adults. Human rights and the politics and implications of artistic representation are some of the themes which Liz is involved in.

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Johal, Am. “Critical Community Engaged Scholarship — with Liz Jackson” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, May 10, 2022.