Partnering in Research

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Partnering in Research (PiR) is a collaborative venture between the Knowledge Exchange Unit of UBC’s Vice President Research and Innovation, and the Office of Community Engagement under the Vice President External Relations. 

Issues like climate change, health disparities, and social inequalities require concerted efforts that transcend the capabilities of any single institution or group. Collaborations and diverse perspectives not only help us better understand and tackle problems, they sustain us. Reciprocal, respectful relationships with shared purpose are part of a rich life.

This is where Partnering in Research (PiR) steps in, a relationship-focused approach to collaboration between individuals from academia and communities so we can align our efforts for the benefit of all.

Inspired by the success of the inaugural UBC Partnering in Research Conference in June 2023, our teams are committed to offering regular programs that uphold and promote excellence in partnered research across UBC. 

This initiative is designed for UBC researchers, students, and staff engaged in partnered research, as well as community partners already collaborating with UBC. 

For details on upcoming PiR workshops, events and stories, please visit the Community Engagement website:

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We are located across UBC Point Grey and Robson Square Campus. Learn more about our locations

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey and Robson Square campuses are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

About us

The UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit builds capacity among researchers, students and staff across disciplines to develop and share impactful knowledge through connections and exchange with communities, government, not-for-profit organizations and the general public.

We are a part of Innovation UBC in the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) portfolio

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