What is Community-Engaged Research?

Community-Engaged Teaching and Research supports faculty, students, staff, and partners in collaborations which research issues related to service and community engagement or who pursue research questions identified by community members or organization. Community-engaged research as we define it includes publicly-engaged scholarship, community-based participatory research, action research, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as it relates to service-learning and community engagement.

Resources and Opportunities for your Community-Engaged Research

At Northeastern

Runway to Broader Impacts

Led through a collaboration of Northeastern’s Community-Engaged Teaching & Research (CETR) team, Research Development, and the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, this program

Consulting on a C-E research project

The CETR team can meet with interested faculty and community partners to consult on ongoing or interested engaged-research projects. We can offer resources, connections with community-based partners, and research design, and more. Email our team at service-learning@northeastern.edu.

Broader Research Support

Research Development supports and promotes Northeastern’s research enterprise, attracting and securing external research funding, bringing interdisciplinary teams together, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. We deliver comprehensive resources and professional training to help researchers achieve their research objectives. 


STEM Education and Research

The Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University seeks to build and support a community of educators, researchers, and students, with the collective goal of strengthening the K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational ecosystem.


In the Field

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The Association promotes high quality trans-disciplinary research across a wide range of approaches and forms and builds the capacity of scholars, practitioners, and community partners to engage in such research. 

Northeastern is an ALLIANCE Member, which allows our network free individual memberships. Just use code ALLIANCE during your registration.


National Society of Experiential Education

The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) is a nonprofit membership organization composed of educators, businesses, and community leaders founded in 1971 that strives to cultivate educators who effectively use experiential education as an integral part of personal, professional, civic, and global learning. 


Place Based Justice Network

The Place-Based Justice Network (PBJN) is a learning community committed to transforming higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement.


Service-Learning Journals

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

This open-access journal focuses on research, theory, pedagogy, and other matters related to academic service-learning, campus-community partnerships, civic engagement, and engaged/public scholarship in higher education. Visit the journal here.

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship offers a platform for faculty, staff, and students from academic institutions and their community partners to share scholarly works spanning all academic disciplines. The publication aims to unite teaching, research, and community engagement. The journal welcomes diverse forms of writing, analysis, creative methods, and methodologies. Visit the journal here.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement functions as the leading, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication that promotes the advancement of theory and practice concerning various types of outreach and engagement initiatives between higher education institutions and communities. Visit the journal here.

Experiential Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: A Journal for Engaged Educators

The Journal for Engaged Educators, Experiential Learning & Teaching in Higher Education explores experiential education through concepts, practices, and scholarly works. The editorial board encourages submissions that delve into the study, application, and impact of experiential learning in higher education, catering to a diverse audience and covering a broad spectrum of topics. Visit the journal here.

Examples from our CETR at Northeastern network

Art, Race, and Health Equity in the City of Boston

Led by CETR faculty members Rebekah Moore, Amanda Lawrence, Shan Mohammed, and other campus collaborators.

A new collaboration between the College of Arts, Media & Design; College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Bouvé College of Health Sciences; and the School of Law to generate needed knowledge of the role of the arts in advancing racial and health equity in the City of Boston. At the core of this project is the belief that research examining creative practice may foster and promote community empowerment, equitable governance, and public health. Racism negatively affects health at multiple levels, from poor mental health and premature death at the individual level, to insecurity, disunity, and collective apathy at the level of community.

Inclusive participation in the arts, ranging from music, dance, and theatre to visual arts and expressive writing can be an effective public health intervention, which could inform just governing structures for building inclusivity and trust. During the exploratory research period (Phase 1), funded by an internal Tier-1 grant, a combination of law and policy and health science literature reviews, cultural asset mapping, ethnographic interviews, and community surveys will generate needed knowledge on the history and diversity of Black and Latinx art in Boston and challenges facing artists and the historically Black and Latinx neighborhoods in which they live and work, and will support the next experimental phase of the research investigating arts participation as a public health intervention.

Virtual Service Learning: An Exploration into How Physical Therapy Students
Make Meaning of Professional Skill Development Online

Authors: [CETR Faculty Member] Ann Golub-Victor and Pamela Donlan

Published in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education: https://discovery.indstate.edu/jcehe/index.php/joce/article/view/723

Utilizing Disruption as an Opportunity: A Comparative Case Study on the Impact of COVID-19 on Community Engagement Partnership Formation

Authors: Becca Berkey and Chelsea Lauder

Published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement: https://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/jheoe/article/view/2554