My research career is rooted in an abiding interest in human action and social change, particularly as these massive fields invoke fundamental questions that relate to the sustainability social movement (e.g., What theories of human action should be applied in public policy efforts to change behaviour?). Towards the goal of providing answers, I have built a solid track-record of multi-dimensional and participatory research. As my publications would suggest, I have consistently worked in research teams comprised of individuals with complementary interests. Common to these collaborations are a shared commitment to community engagement and the production of case studies for broad comparisons. My aim is to mobilize community-university knowledge into active service for the broadest possible common good. I have worked with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on an exploratory study of green jobs for the disadvantaged, with the David Suzuki Foundation developing an environmental education curriculum and was an advisor on Olympic Games impact for the BC International Olympic Committee. PLACE is an acronym that emphasizes a fundamental trust in relational processes whose main overall goal is care. It is a social setting that transcends categorization, promotes creativity, builds capacities, and sponsors our various selves.
David Suzuki Foundation, 2010 Olympic Games Committee, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Amsden, J. & VanWynsberghe, R. (2005). Community Mapping as a Research Tool With Youth. Action Research, 3(4), 353-377.
Savelson, A., VanWynsberghe, R., Frankish, J. & Folz, H. (2005). Application of a Health Promotion Model to Community-based Sustainability Planning. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 10(6), 629-647.
Surborg, B., VanWynsberghe, R. & Wyly. E. (2008). Mapping the Olympic growth machine: Transnational urbanism and the growth machine diaspora. City: Analysis Of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 12(3), 341-355.
VanWynsberghe, R. & Andruske, C. (2007). Research in the Service of Co-learning: Sustainability and community engagement. Canadian Journal of Education, 30(1), 349-376.
VanWynsberghe, R., Carmichael J., & Khan, S. (2007). Conceptualizing sustainability: Simulating concrete possibilities in an imperfect world. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 12(3), 279-294.
VanWynsberghe, R. & Khan, S. (2007). Redefining case study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6(2), 1-10.
VanWynsberghe, R. & Moore J. (2008). Envisioning the classroom as a social movement organization. Policy Futures in Education, 6(3), 298-311.
VanWynsberghe, R., Moore, J. Tansey, J. & Carmichael, J. (2003). Towards community engagement: Six steps to expert learning for future scenario development. Futures, 35(3), 203-219.
VanWynsberghe, R., Surborg, B and Wyly, E. (2012). Neo-liberalism, social inclusion, and mega-events: The case of 2010. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research DOI:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01105.x.
VanWynsberghe, R. (2001). The ‘unfinished story:’ Narratively analyzing collective action frames in social movements. Qualitative Inquiry, 7(6), 733-744.
Frankish, J., Kwan, B. and VanWynsberghe, R. (2010) “Two Solitudes” – The 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Inner City Inclusivity Commitments Report [Research report]. Centre for Population Health Promotion Research.
VanWynsberghe, R. & Olympic Games Impact Research Group (2009). Olympic Games Impact Study – Pre-Games Results Report [Research report]. International Olympic Committee.
VanWynsberghe, R. & Olympic Games Impact Research Group (2009). Olympic Games Impact Study – Technical Report [Research report]. University of British Columbia.
VanWynsberghe R. and Urmetzer, P. (2000). Vancouver Agreement Report: Perceptions Of Well-Being, Crime And Victimization In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside [Research report].
VanWynsberghe, R. (2005). White Paper: First Nations and Inuit Peoples of Canada and Tobacco taxation. Ottawa, Canada: Health Canada and National Cancer Institute of Canada.