This Award will assist Ballamingie in advancing two major pieces of research. Ballamingie is integrally involved in two SSHRC-funded collaborative research teams, one aimed at strengthening community-university engagement, and the other at building sustainable, local food systems.
Project 1: Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement
Ballamingie serves as the Academic Co-Lead for the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, led by Ted Jackson (Public Affairs) and managed in cooperation with Geri Briggs (Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning). With Community Co-Lead, Todd Barr, from the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education, she acts as Principal Investigator (PI) of a research hub. CFICE is an action research project that aims to strengthen Canadian non-profits, universities, colleges, and funding agencies to build more successful, innovative, resilient and prosperous communities. Combining community-based demonstration projects with critical policy analysis, CFICE aims to answer the question: How can community-campus engagement be designed and implemented in ways that maximize the value created for non-profit community-based organizations?
Project 2: Nourishing Ontario: Sustainable Local Food Systems
This collaborative research team, Nourishing Ontario: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group, led by Alison Blay-Palmer (Wilfred Laurier University), includes research nodes across Ontario (and recently, they have extended these to include partners across Canada and abroad). Ballamingie’s colleague from Political Science, Peter Andrée, and herself serve as Co-Leads of the Eastern Ontario Research Node, and act as PIs for the region. This research builds on two years of collaborative work that developed an inventory of community food initiatives in Ontario, and explored the scope and scale of their impacts. Notably, the team developed a Community Food Toolkit, created network concept maps to visually represent the complex workings of a nonprofit organization, and augmented the research capacity of Just Food Ottawa through participatory action research.