Knowledge Mobilization at Carleton University

Carleton’s strengths lie in community engagement

Since Carleton University’s inception in 1942, community engagement has been a vital part of our strategic vision.  

Carleton’s institutional strengths in knowledge mobilization (KMb) are easily demonstrated through the work of our Research Centres, which focus on:

  • public policy, economic development
  • community-engaged social change
  • experiential learning opportunities for our students (such as community service learning)
  • guidance for the voluntary, non-profit sector


Carleton’s knowledge mobilization goals

Now more than ever, Canadian communities seek to maximize the results of locally driven, cross-sector solutions to the complex problem of sustainability, including economic development, poverty, food insecurity, health and wellness, as well as environmental degradation and its impact on communities.  

In response, Carleton is increasing its outward vision and its institutional capacity in KMb and has set the following goals:

  1. Increase institutional and grassroots capacity in KMb
  2. Learn how to evaluate and measure KMb and research impact
  3. Gain exposure to best practices in the field
  4. Provide better and more comprehensive support for communities involved in Social Sciences and Arts research, as well as science, health and engineering research  
  5. Create a mind-shift so that KMb becomes an inherent in practice  


For more information on Carleton’s knowledge mobilization efforts, please visit Carleton’s Community Engagement website, the Community-Engaged Pedagogy website or contact Cathy Edwards, Research Facilitator, Institutional Initiatives.