Lessons Learned at Community-University Institute for Social Research’s (CUISR)


  • Penelope C. Sanz Engaged Scholar Journal University of Saskatchewan
  • Isobel Findlay


Community-University Institute for Social Research’s (CUISR), University of Saskatchewan, C2U Expo


The University of Saskatchewan’s Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR) is celebrating its 25th anniversary very soon. Engaged Scholar Journal’s Penelope Sanz sat down with Isobel Findlay, University co-director of CUISR since 2011, to revisit the vision its founders set out 25 years ago and reflect on its achievements. The institute was established to facilitate community-university partnerships to engage in relevant and collaborative social research to gain a deeper understanding of Saskatchewan’s communities and to reveal opportunities to improve community quality of life. 

Author Biographies

Penelope C. Sanz, Engaged Scholar Journal University of Saskatchewan

is Engaged Scholar Journal’s managing editor. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research on mining among the Indigenous Peoples in Southern Philippines for her doctorate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2022, her autoethnographic study won the 2022 Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award in the Traditional Category by the International Institute for Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently involved with a multi-disciplinary research team investigating the First Nations and Métis built environment. She also lectures at the Ateneo de Davao University in Southern Philippines and the University of Saskatchewan/St. Thomas More College in Saskatchewan, Canada. Email: penelope.sanz@usask.ca

Isobel Findlay

is a professor emerita, Management and Marketing, Edwards School of Business; University Co-Director, Community-University Institute for Social Research; and Fellow in Co-operatives, Diversity, and Sustainable Development at the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan. She has special research interests in housing and homelessness, communications, cultures, and communities; diversity, social inclusion, and social cohesion; Indigenous and associative organizations; partnerships and governance; and performance indicators, and reporting standards. Isobel works closely with community groups and social economy, public, and private sectors designing and conducting research to promote and support community economic development, social justice, social inclusion, quality of life, and environmental sustainability. Email: findlay@edwards.usask.ca 






How to Cite

Sanz, P. C., & Findlay, I. (2024). Lessons Learned at Community-University Institute for Social Research’s (CUISR). Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 10(1), 67–78. Retrieved from https://esj.usask.ca/index.php/esj/article/view/70875

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