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