The Ring

UVic formalizes research agreement with City of Victoria

Tue, 2011-12-06 13:21

By signing an official protocol of cooperation last month, the University of Victoria and the City of Victoria have formalized their mutual interest in research of benefit to both entities.

City and university have had strong connections since the laying of foundations for the first campus buildings and the mapping of Ring Road. Now, 50 years later, community mapping is one initiative of many that help exemplify the close ties forged between UVic and the City of Victoria over the years.

City Manager Gail Stephens and UVic’s Vice-President Research Dr. Howard Brunt signed the protocol on Nov. 14. UVic’s Office of Community-Based Research led the process culminating in this agreement.

The protocol establishes a formalized framework for integrating practical civic expertise with theoretical knowledge, and will help to enhance future collaborations on sustainability and community-engaged research.

Projects already carried out in partnership with the city, university and other partners include: community mapping of arts and culture, social, green and neighbourhood initiatives; food security; homelessness and housing; micro-lending; and research supporting harm reduction and safe injection sites.

Details on future activities falling within the protocol of cooperation will be posted on The Ring website in the coming months.