Engendering Public Engagement, Democratizing Public Space (EPE) is a research project led by Professor Barbara Cameron at York University and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). It aims to strengthen and extend partnerships among civil society organizations and academics with a view to bringing the voices of a wide range of communities into a public conversation about the status of women in Canada today and the public policy changes needed in the decades ahead.
The Engendering Public Engagement project developed and tested inclusive models of public engagement that seek to mobilize the academic, community and first-hand knowledge necessary for the renewal of a Canadian gender justice policy agenda.
In 2020, Canada will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Engendering Public Engagement is inspired by the innovative and extensive public engagement strategies used by the Royal Commission that centred on grassroots consultation with local groups and individuals supported by background research.
The specific objectives of this project are to:
(1) develop an accessible model of public engagement that mobilizes academic, advocacy-based, and experiential knowledge;
(2) increase the policy capacity of civil society organizations concerned with gender justice issues as well as the relevance to them of academic research;
The overarching goal is to create a Gender and Public Policy Research Network linking academic and community-based researchers.
The project is organized around two main features:
- Public engagement exercises
- Policy Advisory and knowledge mobilizing