So, what is a Community Research Incubator?

The Community Research Incubator is next week. But what is this thing, exactly? Great question!

Think of it as a recipe.

First, start with a room full of passionate and creative people: community leaders, researchers, program designers and evaluators, students, and others.

For the second ingredient, add some specific questions, problems, or projects into the mix for discussion. These might include program ideas, nascent research initiatives, materializing concepts in need of collaborators, and so on.

The next ingredient is a very thin layer of technology: a set of screens around the room that provide minute-by-minute updates of each conversation. This monitoring allows everyone in the room to self-organize and connect themselves to conservations where they feel they have the most to learn or contribute.

Lastly, stir everything together in a relaxed environment and provide some light refreshments to help keep up the glucose levels! (A nice topping is to add the option for those who are interested in purchasing a pint as well.)

Even if you cannot attend the Community Research Incubator this coming Tuesday, you can still contribute as a CRHESI member. Review this list of initial table discussions and forward this message on to anyone who you know who might be able to resource, support, or benefit from these topics:

Topic: Nurturing research and collaboration on dis/ability and inclusive physical activity in London and region
Point person: David Howe, Associate Professor, Dr Frank Hayden Endowed Chair in Sport and Social Impact, School of Kinesology, School of Kinesiology, Western University,

Topic: ATN intends to establish an adaptive kitchen at the Old East Village Grocer as the home training site of the Nourishing Abilities Cooking Club and is developing a broad-based community collaborative with a variety of expertise and specializations to help inform program design, evaluation and delivery.
Point person: Vito Mendonca, Manager of Community Partnerships, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities Inc.,

Topic: How do organizations define and conceptualize ‘health equity’ and how do they feel it ought to be pursued, given where they are situated in the community?
Point person: Maxwell Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University,

Topic: Opportunities for working with Western students to advance community initiatives and programming through Community Engaged Learning.
Point person: Kelly Hollingshead, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, Western University,

Topic: What guides are other organizations in London using as benchmarks for equity and diversity best practices?
Point person: Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director, Literacy Link South Central,

Topic: Let’s talk about how the structures and context of academic research have defined research collaborations
Point person: Anita Kothari, Associate Professor, School of Health Studies,

All CRHESI and community members are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 24, 3 PM – 4:30 PM at the Fox and Fiddle (355 Wellington). Please register via Eventbrite.

If you have an idea, project, or problem in mind that you would like to bring to a future Community Research Incubator for broader collaboration and input, please let us know at

Dimensions of Work and Employment

Debbie Laliberte Rudman from Western’s School of Occupational Therapy (and member of the CRHESI executive team) will be speaking at the City Symposium on September 16 (this Monday) at Aeolian Hall.

The title of her presentation is Reimagining Problem and Solution Frames: Beyond the Individualization of Unemployment. This is one of four public talks exploring the theme of work and employment in London and the region from various perspectives.

Susana Caxaj from the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing will also present at the symposium. In this short video, she discusses her recent paper, “I Will Not Leave My Body Here”: Migrant Farmworkers’ Health and Safety Amidst a Climate of Coercion (published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

Susana will present a talk titled Access Without or Despite Fear? Border Walls in the Lives of Temporary Migrants at Monday’s event.

Debbie and Susana will present alongside Carol Stewart (Employment Sector Council) and Clark Bryan (Aeolian Hall). Special live music by Caroline Blumer and Hevaldo Souza. The City Symposium is an 8-part series that brings together an artist, a researcher, a civil servant, and an activist, to discuss a theme from unique perspectives.

City Symposium: Work and Employment
Monday, September 16
Pre-event concert at 6:40 PM
Speakers 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Aeolian Hall (795 Dundas Street)
More details on Eventbrite, Facebook, and via the City Symposium newsletter
Admission is free and all are welcome

Upcoming Events Calendar

City Symposium: Work and Employment
(City-wide multi-partner collaboration)
Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:40 PM – 8:30 PM
Aeolian Hall. Register / Facebook

CRHESI Community Research Incubator
Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Fox and Fiddle. Register.

Neighbourhood Organizing for Inclusive Economies
(Collaboration with Urban League, London Poverty Research Centre, et al)
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Goodwill Industries. Register.

CRHESI Lightning Talks and Reception
November 21, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Solutions Lab at Innovation Works. Register.

Please note that the calendar of CRHESI events for 2019-2022 is now available for advanced planning.

Neighbourhood Organizing for Inclusive Economies (September 26, 2019)

Who benefits from neighbourhood renewal? When capital investment and community improvement plans are directed at low-income neighbourhoods, who wins and who loses?

At this event, we ask: how can neighbourhood regeneration be undertaken inclusively? How have other neighbourhoods in the country organized themselves to assure that municipalities and developers respond to the unique needs of their respective communities?

Speakers will share their experiences, perspectives, and stories of neighbourhoods who have organized and fought to assure that development serves everyone.


Alejandra Bravo
Director, Power Lab
Director of Leadership & Training, Broadbent Institute

Michael Courey
Centre Coordinator, London Poverty Research Centre

Jenn Miller
Director of Social Investment, Atkinson Foundation


Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Goodwill (255 Horton Street East)

RSVP via Eventbrite

This event is jointly supported by the Urban League of London, London Poverty Research Centre at King’s, Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, and the SoHo Neighbourhood.

City Symposium: an inquiry into work and employment

The next City Symposium explores the theme of work and employment in the region, from a variety of vantage points. Speakers include Debbie Rudman (School of Occupational Therapy), Susana Caxaj (School of Nursing), Carol Stewart (Employment Sector Council), and Clark Bryan (Aeolian Hall). Read full presenter bios for more information.

Monday, September 16, 2019
Pre-event concert at 6:40 PM
Speakers 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Aeolian Hall
Indicate intention to attend via Eventbrite

The City Symposium is a CRHESI-supported series that brings together an artist, a researcher, a civil servant, and an activist, to discuss a theme from diverse perspectives. Learn more about the event format.