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This module (PDF, Web version) provides basic material and lesson plans on integrating participation into research on health and the environment. It contains sections on orienting to different relationships and roles, appreciative inquiry and asset-based approaches, critical perspectives and reflective practice, collaborating with Indigenous Communities and the Tradition of Circle Work, and moving from Knowledge to Action.


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For an example of participatory research you can have students watch Minnie Grey's EcoHealth 2014 Plenary in which she explains working with researchers and different circumpolar peoples on the issue of contamination.

You can have students watch Mary Ann Coleman's plenary presentation at the EcoHealth 2014 conference in which she describes a group working toward improved children's health which set out some very simple rules for its collaboration. 

To get a sense of what participation entails, you can have students listen to Mélanie Lemire's EcoHealth 2014 plenary presentation on her work in the Brazilian Amazon and the Canadian North. In this talk, she discusses using all your senses to absorb new realities with an open mind and heart. 

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Coming soon! Working the hyphen: Navigating the space between advocacy and academia.” Have students listen to Mumbi Maina on the role of researchers in civil society and advocacy, governance, research and education. Links to health and the climate crisis are drawn.

Ekosanté module on participation (in Spanish) with sections on theory and methods for integrating participation.


Canadian Association for Global Health's Knowledge Translation Program

  • This comprehensive curriculum is a teaching and learning resource. It includes fully resourced lesson plans and provides a thorough overview of key concepts, conflicts, and methods in Knowledge Translation (KT). Grounded in philosophy, political science, and health research, the curriculum explores the complex ideas and theories that shape intersections among research, practice, and policy processes.