This curriculum is a two-day workshop that walks researchers and community groups through the essential tenets of community participatory research. It covers everything from building equitable partnerships and understanding power dynamics, to leveraging university resources and more.
Jonathan K. London, PhD, MCP is an expert in participatory research, rural community development and community-engaged planning. He connects researchers to California’s rural communities by focusing on environmental justice issues.
One sweltering week last July, the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center took researchers and officials from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on a reality tour of some of California’s most polluted communities. On the tour, scientists saw up close the environmental health issues residents faced — a glass factory next to an elementary school, an oil and gas facility in a residential neighborhood, a formerly agricultural community transformed into an industrial sit
Citizen science is when the public participates in scientific research. Citizen scientists can work independently or collaborate with professional scientists by collecting, reporting or analyzing data.
There are thousands of citizen science research projects going on around the world. These projects encompass a range of topics and disciplines from medicine, ecology and genetics to astronomy, engineering, psychology and more.
Working with communities to strengthen our research
One of the main priorities of the Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) is to help develop partnerships between environmental health researchers and the communities where they work. EHSC’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) works with researchers and community groups to help develop this relationship, which focuses mainly on the San Joaquin Valley and other areas throughout rural California.