UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (986), established in 2012 at the The University of Victoria (Canada).


Social responsibility in higher Education; community-university research partnerships.


  • The specific objectives of this Chair are to:
  • facilitate North-South-South and South-South collaboration in building the institutional capacity of both higher education and selective civil society research organizations in the theory and practice of community-university research partnerships;
  • identify the most effective practices in community-university research partnerships, with special emphasis on vulnerable communities and less wealthy nations;
  • help strengthen the engagement and social responsibility dimensions of higher education in collaboration with relevant networks;
  • contribute to the training of a new generation of community-engaged scholars and community-based researchers with a special attention to Africa and Indigenous Studies; and,
  • support policy-makers in the design, as well as implementation, of supportive policy frameworks for community-university research partnerships.

Host Institution

The University of Victoria (Canada)


The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) (India)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network


Contacts: Prof. Dr David H. Turpin

President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Victoria

PO Box 1700, STN CSC

Victoria, British Columbia

Canada V8W 2Y2


Dr Rajesh Tandon

Executive Director

The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)

42, Tughlakabad institutional Area

New Delhi – 110062