About Us

The Community-Engaged CoLab is Melanie Zurba’s research lab at Dalhousie University. This is not a traditional scientific lab with beakers and microscopes, but rather a scholarly research community. Most research that takes place in this lab has a community focused aspect and much of it is in partnership with communities or community organizations. We think of “communities” broadly as groups of people who are brought together by particular concerns, local and Indigenous communities, particular age groups (for example youth), or any other sort of group that might be uniquely impacted by environmental issues. We especially aim to build equity and support marginalized communities through our “Boundary Work Approach” which is an intentional way of doing community-partnered research that is supportive of partner aspirations and is collaborative at all stages – from inception and scoping of objectives to how the unique products of the research are shared!