Community Partnerships

SJRI supports community partnerships through three inter-connected models:

  1. making Community Engagement Grants available to affiliated members;
  2. using the Project Facilitator to help source external funding (e.g. from private foundations) and/or support collaborations and to build trust and skills among faculty members and community organizations;
  3. making other SJRI resources (e.g. Director; Brock faculty and students) directly available to community groups to support the fulfillment of their specific research needs.

Please click on the links below for more information about recent and current SJRI-community partnerships.


In collaboration with United Way, Brock faculty members Jeff Boggs (Geography and Tourism Studies) and Jonah Butovsky (Sociology) explored the impacts of precarious employment in Niagara.

Indigenous Employment Engagement in Niagara

A team of Brock University researchers, in collaboration with peers researchers from the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, studied barriers to employment engagement for Indigenous residents of Fort Erie as well as programs, supports, or resources that would assist Indigenous individuals to apply for, obtain, and remain in employment.

Niagara Prosperity Initiative

In partnership with the Niagara Region, a team of Brock University researchers are evaluating the impact of the Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI), a program established to provide annual investments to poverty reduction and prevention activities.

Identifying Barriers to CEVAW

At the request of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women (CEVAW), a team of Brock University researchers are investigating barriers to accessing and continuing to access supports provided by CEVAW member organizations.

Understanding SMUN’s Radically Inclusive Service Model

In partnership with Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN), a team of Brock University researchers is working to working to develop a mentorship-based project that will provide people who access SMUN programming with useful communication and networking skills and opportunities, as well as assist SMUN to identify those aspects of its service delivery model that most contribute to the organizations’ success.