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Photo credit: CBT.Research in the Clayoquot Alliance

Set within three spheres of theoretical and practical research activity —the communities of the Clayoquot Sound region, the academic community, and the institutional borderlands between these— our goals are to engage in research activity that illuminates the specific issues and needs that exist within and between each sphere, and to create lasting bridges and links between them.

What are borderlands?

Within communities of place like those in the Clayoquot Sound region, the processes of economic structural adjustment, institutional innovation and social transformation, and evolving understandings of humanity’s relationships with uncertain and complex natural systems, are all lived experience. Within academic communities, they are topics for inquiry, motivated in many cases by a concern for the contribution that research might make to greater resilience and increased wellbeing in communities, but in all cases by a search for knowledge and strong convictions about the importance of increased understanding of these issues.

Photo credit: CBT.The need to better understand the way in which research and knowledge can support policy formation, decision-making and action —in communities as well as in governments— has led to increasing academic interest in such processes of boundary work, and in boundary organizations serving as the structures within which those processes are carried out. Two strikingly different fields of study address the social borderlands that set the larger context. Within literary theory there is work on cultural borderlands seen as places where diverse cultures come together to trade, negotiate and attempt to build shared understandings. Within administrative theory there is a growing literature on organizational borderlands— cross-border and cross-scale institutional settings that must bridge divergent jurisdictional and cultural traditions.

The lived experience within Clayoquot Sound offers a record that can be brought to bear in developing theory and testing the extent to which that lived experience resists or appears to validate hypothetical frames and conjectures. On the other hand, the needs of communities within the Clayoquot Sound region challenge academic commentators to demonstrate the relevance of their conceptual frameworks by showing how they contribute to greater capacity within those communities to participate effectively in governance and management pursued in an array of new institutions from local to global scale.

Community-based research Institutional borderlands Academic research

Clayoquot research and document database

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Eelgrass ecology in Clayoquot Sound

Grey whale prey distribution in Clayoquot Sound

Collaborative identification of community research needs

Hybrids: A Literature Review and Analysis of the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel Report

Sound governance: the emergence of collaborative networks and new institutions in the Clayoquot Sound region.

Standard of Research in Northern Barkley and Clayoquot Sound Communities

University and Community Linkages at the University Of Victoria: Towards a New Agenda for Community Based Research

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Clayoquot Alliance working research bibliography

Clayoquot Sound: citizen involvement, engagement and agency

Devolution and discretion: building community-based resource management into contemporary governance

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Rights and entitlements in Clayoquot Sound

Social learning, social capital and adaptive management in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

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