Socially Engaged Research

Summary of Research Topic

Dr. Tungohan advocates for a unique approach to academic-community collaborative research that engages community partners at every stage of the research process. Inspired by the work of feminist social scientists who have argued against ‘top-down’ approaches to research that ignore the perspectives of marginalized groups in theory-building, Dr. Tungohan has sought ways to study: 1) how social science research can be conducted more ethically; 2) how research collaborations can be pursued in order to produce work that contributes to academic theorizing and to social good; and 3) what methods and methodologies are most conducive to supporting socially-engaged research.

For example, rather than seeing immigration and citizenship research as only encompassing analysis of political institutions, questions can be generated and analyzed from the bottom-up. Much can be learned from partnering with migrant communities in order to understand the effects of policies on these communities, and what types of policy recommendations are needed to improve migrants’ lives.

By integrating ‘critical’ epistemologies, methodologies, and theories into political science, Dr. Tungohan is showing how socially engaged research can be used to further academic theorizing and to promote social good.

Related Publications

  • Tungohan, E., Banerjee, R., Chu, W., Cleto, P., de Leon, C., Garcia, M., Kelly, P., Luciano, M., Palmaria, C. and Sorio, C. (2015). After the Live-in Caregiver Program: Filipina Caregivers’ Experiences of Uneven and Graduated Citizenship. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 47(1), 87-105. doi:10.1353/ces.2015.0008. (Permalink)
  • Tungohan, E. and Greaves, L. (2008). Tobacco Use and Production Among Youth in Post-Conflict and Developing Countries: the Perils of Globalization and Trade Liberalization. Marga Journal: Special Issue. (Permalink)
  • Richardson, L., Greaves, L., Jategaonkar, N., Bell, K., Pederson, A. and Tungohan, E. (2007). Rethinking an Assessment of Nicotine Dependence: a Sex, Gender, and Diversity Analysis of the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 2(2), 59-67. doi:10.1375/jsc.2.2.59. (Permalink)