Community Impact Research Program

The Community Impact Research Program conducts and supports research and initiatives in the areas of social innovation, social enterprise, Indigenous entrepreneurship, and community resilience, particularly in remote and rural contexts. The program is led by Dr. Tina Dacin, Professor and Stephen J.R. Smith Chair of Strategy & Organizational Behaviour.

We strive to educate and inform diverse audiences about topics relating to community impact by acting as a hub for community building, news, and educational resources. Current themes include thinking about community resilience, Canada’s rural and remote communities facing extinction, and the impact of COVID-19 on community.

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Our Research

The Community Impact Research Program conducts research on community, cultural heritage, social impact, and traditions.

In addition, we strive to educate diverse audiences about social impact topics, including students, staff and faculty at Smith School of Business and the broader community. We accomplish this through the translation of research, convening of scholars and curation of engaging learning opportunities.

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Community Engagement

The Community Impact Research Program is committed to engaging with and supporting local community leaders and community researchers.

We host events for scholars, students, and the broader community to convene and share ideas and interview local leaders who are building community.

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Community of Social Innovation

The Community of Social Innovation (COSI) is a network of academic scholars from North American and international institutions, led by Dr. Tina Dacin (Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business, Queen’s University) and Dr. Jerry Davis (Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan). COSI’s mission is to foster and advance the sharing of insights around teaching, data, theory and methods in the social innovation space, and to provide focused opportunities to mentor junior scholars in the domain.

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