Using Literature Review to Inform an Anti-Oppressive Approach to Community Safety


  • Julie Chamberlain University of Winnipeg
  • Stacy Cardigan Smith South Valour Residents Association
  • Dagen Perrott University of Winnipeg



Residents association, community-based research, community safety, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Literature review is a common piece of any scholarly research, but it is rare for it to be squarely at the centre of a community-based project. In this Report from the Field, the research team critically reflects upon the creation and use of a literature review on grassroots, anti-oppressive approaches to community safety in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Writing in conversation with one another, we explore the tensions of navigating and challenging safety discourse and securitization practices in our city, from our distinct experiences and positions as an academic researcher, community partner, and student research assistant. In the process, we illuminate a collaboration that offers insights for academic and community researchers alike. We reflect on creating an accessible basis for community conversation and planning while doing justice to the sources of anti-oppressive theory and practice, particularly when initially speaking to mostly white and privileged community members. The literature review has generated discussion about what it means to approach safety as a collective resource rather than an exclusive possession, and will inform practical strategies in the neighbourhood and beyond. 

Author Biographies

Julie Chamberlain, University of Winnipeg

(corresponding author) is an Assistant Professor in Urban and Inner-City Studies and co-lead of the Community-Based Research Training Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Her work focuses on knowledge and action for anti-racist and anti-oppressive change in urban and community development and planning. Find out more about her work at Email: 


Stacy Cardigan Smith, South Valour Residents Association

has lived in South Valour since 2010 and is honoured to serve as inaugural chair of the South Valour Residents Association. She has a master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She works for The Winnipeg Foundation as Manager of Generosity Planning, supporting donors’ generosity journeys in alignment with community needs. 

Dagen Perrott, University of Winnipeg

Dagen Perrott is completing his BA in Conflict Resolution Studies and Urban and Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He currently works at the University of Winnipeg as a program assistant for the Community-Based Research Training Centre. His research interests currently include community safety, urban design, and spatial justice.


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How to Cite

Chamberlain, J., Cardigan Smith, S., & Perrott, D. (2024). Using Literature Review to Inform an Anti-Oppressive Approach to Community Safety. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 10(1), 45–54.



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