Community Research Unit (Faculty of Arts)

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Community Research Unit (Faculty of Arts)


The Community Research Unit (CRU), based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina, builds relationships between our community and faculty by facilitating community-based participatory research and community service-learning opportunities. The CRU matches community groups interested in undertaking research with university faculty and student researchers and organizes the annual Arts CARES community service-learning program.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Community Research Unit (CRU) is to enable the Faculty of Arts to serve as a resource for non-profit organizations and communities, rural and urban, and to be enriched in turn by our relationships with those communities. In doing so, the University enhances civic engagement and its own actual and perceived value to the province as well as its capacity to produce high quality and relevant knowledge.

Our Mandate:
The CRU functions as a partnership between community-based organizations and university faculty and students. Our mandate is to provide independent, participatory research support in response to needs expressed by community-based organizations to build their organizational capacity and enhance community quality of life.

Recent Submissions

  • Banks, Brian; DeSantis, Gloria; Gilmer, Peter; Gingrich, Paul; Mulvale, Jim; Nelson, Kristin; Havelock, Joanne (Poverty Free Saskatchewan, 2012-10)
    Recently Saskatchewan has experienced an increase in economic activity – a “boom”, but this monetary gain has not been experienced by everyone. Many people struggle daily without adequate income, food, or housing. Poverty ...
  • Gingrich, Paul; Enoch, Simon; Banks, Brian (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2014-01)
    What annual income does a family require to maintain a decent standard of living? What is the Living Wage in Regina? The main purpose of this report to describe the concept of the Living Wage and calculate what is the ...
  • Enoch, Simon (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012-12)
    The following study seeks to identify networks of corporate power in the province by documenting the inter-locking relationships between corporations, industry and trade associations, advocacy groups, policy institutes, ...
  • Sanden, Tracy; Desmarais, Annette Aurelie; Marsden, Dawn; Hansen, Yolanda; Qualman, Darrin (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2014-01-29)
    The Environmental Scan is the first phase of work in the Regina Community Food Assessment, a collaborative, participatory process that brings people together from various sectors of the local food system to: analyze the ...
  • Vracar, Nikolina (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2013-10-16)
    This report was prepared for Carmichael Outreach, a community-based organization that provides housing and support services to citizens of Regina. Objectives of the report are to provide an overview of the city's housing ...