The KEL serves as the physical and virtual home to a variety of projects that tackle the broad issue of knowledge inequity from a diversity of perspectives and approaches, including the following ongoing initiatives:
Established in 1993 in the early day of the Web, this long-running initiative provides an open-source platform to make visible scientific journals published in the Global South. These journals have been rendered invisible due to an indexing system controlled and designed by powerful entities to favour knowledge from the North.
‘Open and Collaborative Science for Development Network’ (OCSDNet) was designed as an action research network whose 12 researcher-practitioner teams explored the question of whether “open science” could serve as a tool for transformative development thinking and practice.
The Knowledge G.A.P, is a collective of student and early-career researchers investigating the geopolitics of academic knowledge production. The overall goal is to better understand the various mechanisms and power dimensions through which structures of inequality and exclusion are actively produced, reproduced and embedded in the global academic publishing system.
An experiential learning project funded by the Provost at the U of Toronto, the Community Knowledge Learning Hub (CKLH) has the overarching goal of co-developing with community partners meaningful experiential learning opportunities informed by critical pedagogy, participatory community-based research, and critical structural analysis.
The Knowledge for Change (K4C) Toronto Hub, an initiative of the UNESCO Co-Chairs in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education seeking to co-create knowledge and research capacities through collective action by practitioners, community-based researchers, community groups, and academics.
Project Partners and Allies
Faculty and community members affiliated with CCDS are also engaged with a variety of projects that address similar goals. These include:
- Participedia, a distributed platform for researchers, activists, practitioners, and anyone interested in public participation and democratic innovations. This project is supported by CCDS Professor Bettina von Lieres, UTSC
- Reprising the Real World – Ursula Franklin Working Group, A McLuhan Centre in Culture and Technology Working Group for 2019/20, this group brings together faculty and students at the University of Toronto to examine the intellectual legacy of Franklin, from her pioneering feminist/person-centered perspectives on technology, to the themes and concerns about peace, gender equality and the environment that she addressed throughout her career. This is co-led by CCDS Professor Leslie Chan.
- International Health Film Series and Expo, a month-long film festival at UTSC which features films that challenge us to think about inequity, the societal determinants of health, and how we can work together to promote health for all. This is co-led by CCDS Professor Suzanne Sicchia.