Information for Education Providers on Community-based Research

Do you work in a higher education institution? Are you keen to connect your curriculum and research up with the needs of civic society organisations? 

CAMPUS ENGAGE is a network for the promotion of civic engagement activities in Irish higher education, open to all higher education institutions staff, students, community organisations and local companies in Ireland. The network aims to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the wider society, through civic engagement activities including community based research. Community-based research is one way you can get involved.

What is community-based research?
It is a set of approaches to research and methodologies that are community centered, also known as participatory, action research, community-engaged scholarship, emancipatory research, to mention a few. Practices all focuses on the effects of research on improving, understanding further, or investigating further social issue of concern. Sometimes these methodologies involve the full support and inclusion of the community in terms of research design, collecting and analysing data, and writing up and sharing of findings to help inform and change policy and practice, across various disciplines for the better outcomes. Below is one, of many existing, illustrative example of the process involved in community-based research. This was designed by Community Academic Research Links, UCC.

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If you are interested in getting involved in community based research with your local higher education institution, please get in touch with one of our Working Group Convenors:

Dr. Kenneth Burnes, CARL, UCC, email:

Dr. Catherine O'Mahony, CARL, UCC, email:

Dr. Padraig Murphy, DCU, email: