PDF - Supporting Community Engagement in the Maker Movement - NB-003

Preferred Disciplines: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline, plus experience with and a passion for the maker movement, digital fabrication, participatory design, and/or community engagement (Post-Doc)
Project length: 24-36 months (6 units)
Desired start date: January 7th, 2019
Location: Fredericton, NB
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Language: English
Company: The Ville Cooperative

About Company:

The Ville Cooperative is a holistic community centre, working to empower the local community to learn, share and grow in the spirit of health, wellness, and sustainability. With a focus on experiential learning, it has an active urban agriculture program, an affordable after school program, and newly rebranded fabrication lab - Learning Lab @ The Ville.  

Project Description:

Development of a model for sustainable community engagement in community fabrication labs. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in community programming while carrying out research with social, technical, and economic impact.

The successful candidate will carry out research into how to best engage community members in the maker movement (including considerations of what is meant by “best” and for whom), through the design, delivery, and evaluation of maker programming at The Ville. The successful candidate will help guide PhD and Masters students, as well as providing mentorship to Ville staff and volunteers involved in the Learning Lab.

The successful applicant will be co-supervised by Dr Scott Bateman (UNB) and and Dr Jules Maitland (The Ville Cooperative). Dr Bateman’s HCI research group currently works on HCI for health and wellness, and interactions for collaborative work and play (see hci.cs.unb.ca). Dr Maitland is president of The Ville, co-founder of Civic Tech Fredericton, Head of UX at Accreon Inc., with broad research interests including digital civics, inclusive design, and community empowerment.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Create a model for sustainable community engagement in community fabrication labs
    • Evaluate and develop methods to support technology innovation at grassroots level
    • Evaluate and develop methods to assess impact of engagement efforts and activities of the fabrication lab
    • Evaluate and develop new educational and outreach activities that support the above objectives 


  • To be determined

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Digital Fabrication/Making
  • Participatory Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction


For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

  1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
  2. Interested applicants should send CV, a statement of relevant experience, and an interest statement containing a bibliography as a single PDF file to Valérie Bonnardel, vbonnardel(a)mitacs.ca