Master Class (Community-Based) Participatory Research

This workshop is aimed at those interested in, or (wanting to become) involved, in the CBPR research process. Community-based research (CBPR) involves research done by community groups with or without the involvement of a university. Within the university, CBPR is a collaborative enterprise between academics and community members where the research problems come from the communities and the community partners are involved in all stages of the research. The goal of CBPR is social action (broadly defined) for the purpose of achieving (directly or indirectly) social change and social justice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of historical roots of CBPR as a methodology for transformative change
  2. Enhance appreciation of principles of co-creation of knowledge at each step of the research cycle
  3. Deepen insights into multiple modes of inquiry and range of research methods associated with the same

Practical Information

The master class will be held on the Tuesday before the conference, 28 June 2022. Further information will follow

Registration is limited to 30 participants, selected on the basis of first come first serve. Those only wishing to register for this master class and not the Living Knowledge Conference will be put on a waiting list first. They will be accepted after May 1st if there are places left. The costs are 50 euro per person, including lunch; 75 euro for those not participating in the Living Knowledge Conference.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. 

Your Guides:

The workshop on Community-based Participatory Research will be facilitated by prof. Rajesh Tandon and Suriani Dzulkifli.

Our facilitators are currently promoting the Global Consortium of Knowledge-for-Change (K4C) to train the next generation students and practitioners in CBPR through a mutually respectful partnership between research institutions and universities and practitioner organisations (civil society, local government, local business associations, etc).

Suriani Dzulkifli

Suriani Dzulkifli is the programme manager and co-instructor/facilitator of the Knowledge for Change (K4C) training programme in community based participatory research, an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. She is a UNESCO Chair certified CBPR mentor of the Salish Sea K4C Hub in the Lekwungen territory, known today as Victoria, BC. She is currently working towards completing her PhD in Leadership Studies – Adult Education and Community Engagement at the University of Victoria. Her research is focused on adult education, higher education, social justice, decolonising, arts-based approaches and community engagement. Suriani is from Malaysia but currently based in Canada.

Rajesh Tandon

Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He is Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), global centre for participatory research & training since 1982. He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. A pioneer of participatory research, Rajesh Tandon has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment, contributing to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.  Dr Tandon has served on numerous expert committees of Govt of India, UGC, UN, Commonwealth & World Bank. In 2015, the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA) awarded Dr Tandon the Nehru Literacy Award.  For his distinguished work on gender issues, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Award in Social Justice in March 2007. The University of Victoria, Canada, awarded Dr Tandon the degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in June 2008. He is the first Indian to be inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011)