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Edward T. Jackson

Adjunct Research Professor


Edward Jackson is Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, where he is cross-appointed to the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Institute of African Studies.  He also serves as Senior Research Fellow with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.

For more than two decades, Professor Jackson was a member of the faculty of Carleton’s graduate School for Public Policy and Administration, retiring in 2014.  His research and teaching interests have included program management, program evaluation, regional development, civil society, social enterprise, social finance and impact investing, higher education, community-university partnerships, and foreign aid.

From 2007 to 2010, he served as Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Affairs and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Public Affairs, and chaired university working groups on partnership and community engagement.  Professor Jackson was also founding Director and later Chair of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation and co-founded the Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program, the Carleton-World Bank International Program for Development Evaluation Training, and the Gender Equality Measurement Group at the University.

He has directed research, evaluation and outreach projects supported by the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bell Canada, CIBC, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada, the International Development Research Centre, Investing in Women, the Mastercard Foundation, the Match International Women’s Fund, the McConnell Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Royal Bank of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the World Bank and WUSC.

Professor Jackson served as Convenor of the 2015 Community, College and University Exposition, or C2UExpo 2015, a major international conference on community-campus partnerships.  He was founding Principal Investigator (2012-2014), and currently Senior Advisor, for the SSHRC-funded Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement Project, a seven-year, $3-million partnered action-research initiative on poverty, food security, environmental sustainability, and violence against women operating in seven Canadian provinces.

Dr. Jackson has been a visiting lecturer at Trent, Victoria and Warsaw universities and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.  He is also Honorary Associate with the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom.  An advisor to governments, foundations, development agencies and business and labour groups, he is active in a wide range of research networks and centres, academic societies and professional associations, and blogs frequently.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Diamond Development Initiative Canada and of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, the Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives, and the Engaged Scholar Journal.

Professor Jackson’s work has been recognized with the Canadian Evaluation Society Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada, the Karl Boudreault Award for Leadership in Evaluation, Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Excellence Award, the Current Research Award of the Community Development Society, and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.