Social Innovation Language and Narratives in Edmonton, Alberta: An Intersectional Approach

This project seeks to build on existing research regarding the current challenges in social innovation work in Alberta, as articulated in Alberta Social Innovation (ABSI) Connect’s 2016 Report on the Future of Social Innovation.

To accomplish this, the intern will interview people in Edmonton who are from multiple marginalized identities (e.g. racialized, identifying as a gender or sexual minority, working class, disabled, etc.) who do work that’s considered as social innovation work through Frances Westley’s definition of social innovation, but may not have the same visibility or recognition as those who do social innovation work in mainstream networks. The intern will then gain a better understanding of the language and narratives that marginalized individuals and/or communities use when talking about social innovation work.

This project will employ an intersectional theoretical framework by seeking and centering individuals or communities doing social innovation work from multiple marginalized identities. An intersectional theoretical lens centers and analyzes the experiences of the most disadvantaged, while using this knowledge to design interventions that are rooted in social justice.

Faculty Supervisor:

Shirley Anne Tate;Leo Wong


Charlene Campo


Volunteer Alberta


Gender and sexuality studies


Health care and social assistance




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