Community-based Research Committee

Below find the language from the Cultural Studies Constitution describing the mandate of this committee. 

Contact: Faculty Co-Chair Ayca Tomac (, Student Co-Chair Darren Zanussi ( 

  • To foster a community hub for researchers interested in COBRA by sharing guiding principles, questions, and parameters.
  • To advocate for community-based research within the unit, the university and beyond. Examples of advocacy could include: providing guidance for those looking to strengthen community connections; addressing the particular demands of community-based research that may require accommodation to existing procedures; providing education about community-based research as a collective form of inquiry and knowledge production; and fundraising to support the work of those involved in community-based research.
  • To ensure that current students have access to completed CUST community-based research theses, and to advocate for appropriate archiving practices and technology.
  • To help facilitate the Ethics Review Board process, in terms of both preparing students for the application process and educating the Queen’s University GREB about community-based research.
  • To review periodically and recommend to Steering changes regarding issues and policies concerning COBRA in consultation with the Curriculum and Research-Creation committees.