Welcome to the Community-Based Research Laboratory

CBRL members facilitate a participatory mapping event with Victoria's binners.


The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) hosts a group of researchers that is committed to participatory research in Canada and abroad.


Our VISION is to link global issues with local actions for sustainable change by establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (university, government, civil society, NGOs, business sector) to improve the livelihoods of individuals and communities.


Our MISSION is to conduct action oriented research with community in order to achieve progressive social and environmental sustainable change.




  • Responsible consumption, waste reduction and resource recovery
  • Social inclusion and gender equality
  • Co-management of resources
  • Social/solidarity economy
  • Civic engagement and governance
  • Policy implications
  • Rapid assessments of assets and barriers to sustainable community development
  • Participatory and community-based approaches
  • Knowledge mobilization