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Call for Collaborators: The DECODE Project (UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education)

The DECODE Project: Co-construction, Decolonisation & Transformation Producing Actionable Knowledge for the Challenges of Our Times is a research project of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education in collaboration with the Knowledge for Change Consortium.

Knowledge and the Challenges of our times:

In the face of pressing global challenges like climate crises, our communities seek solutions rooted in knowledge. But what knowledge? Whose knowledge? Join us in exploring the dimensions of knowledge, its sources, and its transformative power in addressing complex issues outlined by the UN SDGs.

Project Overview:

Framed within a gender and decolonial lens, this project is inspired by Tandon and Hall's insights on knowledge democracy and the recognition of community knowledge cultures. We seek collaboration with global networks of community and Indigenous-led research practitioners with the aim to amplify locally contextualized actionable knowledge in addressing challenges identified by communities themselves.

This project would deepen our understanding of principles, policy implications, and supportive infrastructures needed to further advance community and Indigenous led knowledge movements.


1. Systematize existing practices of community and Indigenous led participatory research.

2. Facilitate peer learning about good practices amongst civil society, engaged scholars and community researchers.

Why Participate?

  • Contribute to Change: Shape the discourse around community and Indigenous-led research, contributing to a transformative future.

  • Build Connections: Connect with global practitioners, scholars, and community researchers, fostering a collaborative force for good.

  • Knowledge Democracy: Be part of the movement to democratize knowledge, ensuring diverse voices are heard and valued.

  • Get Involved: Whether you are a community scholar, a local leader, or someone passionate about using localized solutions to tackle local problems, your insights are invaluable. We're calling on you to add your voice to this vital conversation.

For more information or to get involved, contact Maéva Gauthier at

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