One of the top questions on CFICE researchers’ minds over the past four years has been whether or not (and how) community-campus engagement can contribute to building social movements. In Phase I, each of the hubs explored this question in more or less detail. Well the Community Food Security hub now has an answer to this question, and they articulate it in the journal article titled Collaboration for Transformation: Community– Campus Engagement for Just and Sustainable Food Systems. This article was first published on November 3, 2016 in volume 20(3) of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
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This article focuses on the collaborations between academics and community-based organizations seeking to fundamentally reorganize the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed as well as valued. The central research question investigates whether and how the growth of community–campus engagement (CCE) can strengthen food movements. Drawing on an analysis of 5 case studies in Canada, research demonstrated that when it is part of relationships based on mutual benefit and reciprocity, CCE can—and does—play an important role in building food movements. Different orientations toward CCE are discussed in terms of their varying assumptions and implications for how partners work together.