Research 101: Manifesto for Ethical Research in the DTES

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver is a heavily-researched neighborhood. Research 101 was a series of six weekly workshops (February to April 2018) to discuss research and ethics in the DTES. A group of 6 to 13 representatives from several DTES organizations, partnering with SFU researchers, met each week to discuss experiences with research in the past, the wider context of research in the DTES, and community expectations for more ethical research practice. Lindsay Deane (SFU research assistant) took notes on workshop participants’ perspectives and suggestions during weekly discussions and Scott Neufeld (SFU PhD student) drew on these notes to draft a summary of these discussions for workshopping and review at the final Research 101 workshop. This resulted in a co-created “manifesto” for ethical research in the Downtown Eastside. An online (and up to date) version of the manifesto is accessible at, a pdf of the hard copy version (graphic design by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement) is available here and in select locations throughout the DTES. An outline of the Research 101 workshops is available here and a more detailed outline of weekly workshops is available on request from Scott Neufeld ( Find out more about the wider “Community Ethics in Cultural Production” project spearheaded by DTES organization Hives for Humanity here. (This description taken from the SFU Sustainability, Identity & Social Change Lab’s website)

Research 101 and related work receives ongoing financial and administrative support from SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the UBC Learning ExchangeHives for HumanitySFU’s Community Engagement Initiative and SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative.

Online up-to-date version of the manifesto

PDF of the hard copy of the manifesto

SFPIRG has endorsed the Research 101 Manifesto, and provided facilitation support at the onset of the project. We’re thrilled to be able to support initiatives like this! SFPIRG encourages all researchers who want to work with folks in the DTES to use this resource prior to beginning any research.

“I have been very grateful for the insights and generosity of SFPIRG (and specifically their Director of Research & Education) in helping me to prepare to facilitate the series of workshops on community research ethics in the DTES (“Research 101″) which led to the collaborative development of this Manifesto. Their experience coordinating the Action Research Exchange program at SFPIRG (currently on hiatus), and facilitating countless workshops was an invaluable resource I drew on to help me think through the complexities of the community workshops in a way that enabled them to be as useful and collaborative as possible. I am so grateful for SFPIRG’s support with this preparation, and am proud to name them as a partner in the Research 101 project.” – Scott Neufeld

For more information, and other ways to access the manifesto, please visit: