Transforming Inner-city and Aboriginal Communities Project (2007-2012)

The Manitoba Research Alliance for Transforming Inner-city and Aboriginal Communities was a five-year research project dedicated to solving the complex problems of poverty and social exclusion in Manitoba’s inner-city and Aboriginal communities.

The Alliance’s broad goal is to produce original work that is rooted in the community experience and that is accountable to the community.  We want to:

  • Build local capacity
  • Produce concrete deliverables for community organizations
  • Engage and impact policy
  • Contribute to a body of theory and knowledge that will help other communities to replicate the transformative experience.

The Alliance is made up of academic researchers from the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, government policy makers and community practitioners connected to Manitoba’s vibrant community-based organizations.  The Manitoba branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – a community-based research institute – takes administrative control of the project.

Community Economic Development in the New Economy Project

Our first SSHRC grant, The Manitoba Research Alliance on Community Economic Development in the New Economy, identified Community Economic Development (CED) — taking control of resources to generate economic well-being — as a strategic response to assist communities in meeting the challenges and taking up the opportunities created by the transition to a New Economy. We developed community partnerships and made use of ethnographic methods so that the voices of the community could be heard, theorized CED and the New Economy, and examined the state of CED in Winnipeg.