PDF - The Value of Arts and Culture for Community Cohesion - SK-010

Preferred Disciplines: Discipline open (Post-Doc)
Project length: 3 years (9 units) 
Desired start date: March 2019
Location: Regina, SK
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: The Post-Doc fellow will be supervised by Dr. Amber Fletcher at the University of Regina
Company: Saskatchewan Arts Alliance

About Company:

The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) is an inclusive coalition of arts organizations that provides a collective voice for the arts community of Saskatchewan. Formally established in 1986, the SAA seeks to strengthen, support and advance the arts and cultural industries in Saskatchewan through proactive leadership, advocacy, public education, research, and policy development. The organization is committed to undertaking rigorous, primary research that will inform SAA’s advocacy efforts, increase its understanding of the arts ecosystem and direct policy making.

Project Description:

This study will examine the role of artists and the arts in Saskatchewan communities including focus areas on arts education; the arts economy; the values, impacts and outcomes of the arts sector; and geographical and spatial dynamics. Methodology will include both qualitative and quantitative methods to be conducted in a community setting.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

This project involves collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, including surveys, interviews, data from group/community methods, and other unique community-based approaches to be determined. The project involves active engagement with community members and organizational partners, as well as knowledge mobilization work with the partner organization.

Required activities for the intern include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting literature reviews and maintaining currency in relevant literature;
  • Carrying out research design, data collection, and data analysis (qualitative and quantitative);
  • Preparing research reports and drafting scholarly manuscripts;
  • Preparation of publicly accessible materials;
  • Presentations to a variety of organizational, academic, and public audiences;
  • Contributing to daily SAA operations, including communications activities, building and maintaining community partnerships;
  • Contributing to a collegial environment.


  • To be discussed

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • A PhD (discipline open) completed within the past 5 years;
  • Significant expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, including community-based research;
  • Background in the arts and/or cultural practices;
  • Research experience in the area of community studies, regional studies, and/or social cohesion, broadly construed;
  • Ability to plan research activities, carry out data collection in communities (e.g., focus groups, interviews), analyze data (qualitative and quantitative), and draft reports and publications;
  • Skill in knowledge mobilization and composition of public education materials;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently.

A background or interest in the development of arts and cultural policy would be an asset.  

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 students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Zsuzsanna Papp.