Research Projects


Community Ethics in Cultural Production

Status: Active

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) Community Ethics in Cultural Production Project is an initiative led by members of the DTES community with support from DTES organizations, including Hives for Humanity and Megaphone, and research institutions, including the UBC Learning Exchange, UBC Office of Research Services, Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and SFU’s Community-Engaged Research initiative (CERi). The project aims to facilitate more ethical, reciprocal, and meaningful practices related to research and cultural production (i.e. journalism, filmmaking, photography) and raise awareness about ongoing informed consent.

Work related to this project has been evolving since 2017, with consultations and workshops that led to the Empowering Informed Consent card and Research 101: A Manifesto for Ethical Research in the Downtown Eastside (see the links below to access these items). The connections formed through the creation of these resources has led to ongoing partnerships, events, workshops, and activities to amplify the expectations and recommendations for equitable research practices in heavily researched communities.

The project continues to develop and welcomes collaborations aimed at a more coordinated and sustainable approach to research in the Downtown Eastside.

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