VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Canada Research Chair in Community-Engaged Research

Dr. Amanda Wager

Dr. Amanda Wager

(Tier 2) Canada Research Chair in Community-Engaged Research with a focus on collaborative, creative and cross-cultural youth-led community research. Amanda is also a Professor in the Faculty of Education.

Research Activities

Dr. Wager is an interdisciplinary scholar with internationally recognized expertise in community research in education focussing on literacies, languages, and the arts with local youth, families, and communities.

Amanda explores arts-based literacies work on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The objective of her innovative research program is to stimulate culturally responsive learning through youth-led public art projects involving literacies and participatory visual methodologies, such as theatre, mural painting, spoken word poetry, hip-hop music, and digital story-telling. The Canada Research Chair program has supported the creation of the arc: A Centre for Art, Research & Community, created and run by, for and among youth—including VIU undergraduate and graduate students—as a method to increase youth leadership and capacity development that facilitates cross-cultural relationships with local Indigenous, non-Indigenous and international communities. Engaging with crucial ethical and methodological questions, surrounding community research, the centre contributes to a more nuanced understanding of what it means to do research with and among young people employing creative practices to explore local issues, make meaning of challenging concepts and provoke social change.

Relationship building is the core to community-engaged research

Research Creation and Artistic Portfolio

Contact Information

Dr. Amanda Wager

Phone: (250)618-1505

Email: amanda.wager@viu.ca