The Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) is an academic research institute located at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Employment Mapping GroupThe Institute unites researchers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, including Anthropology, Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Economics, Education, Health Studies, Human Geography, Nursing, Social Work and Sociology.

Sharing a commitment to research that supports diversity, equity, and social justice, the Institute facilitates the participation of community members, organizations, students, and academics as co-researchers. ICER is a hub for building relationships, collaboration, and effective knowledge creation and exchange.

It’s a unique model for interdisciplinary research, designed to create and take advantage of moments of serendipity. The free association of ideas from across traditional disciplinary, and university / community boundaries may seem odd in an academic setting, but it provides invaluable experiences and opportunities for all the participants.


The ICER newsletter is distributed the first Thursday of each month from September to May. It includes ICER related events, talks, exhibitions, and opportunities from communities and from academia. To sign up for the newsletter, please email: 

Annual Report

We publish an annual report that documents the variety of projects and activities the Institute, and it’s members, work on. The 2022-23 annual report can be found at this link:

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