Crystal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Victoria. She is a social geographer and community-based scholar with over a decade of international experience working in the field of environmental governance and livelihood enhancement. She specializes in using participatory video and arts-based methods for community engagement, capacity building and program evaluation working across sectors with higher education institutions, government, and civil society organizations. Strongly rooted in the investigation of innovation in community-based development, she is passionate about cultivating new spaces for creative citizen engagement and the co-creation of knowledge leading to environmental and social equity.
Crystal has done extensive research and projects on CCE funding, impact and policy in Canada and is eager to support building a long term movement and infrastructure for lasting change which benefits communities and incentivizes academia.