What does it mean to “co-produce” knowledge, and why is this important to communities as well as universities? How can co-production lead to better articulation of research questions? How can co-produced knowledge facilitate evidence uptake in programming and policy? How can knowledge jointly produced by communities and university researchers promote health equity?

Throughout this series, we will explore these questions and:

  • discover how co-produced knowledge can promote health equity for individuals;
  • understand the importance of ethics, rigor, and relevance in the co-production of knowledge;
  • learn how to develop and nurture reciprocal partnerships; and
  • discuss barriers to engaging in the co-production of knowledge—and how to dismantle them.

Through presentations, “how-to” pointers, and discussions, we will evaluate current thinking about jointly-produced knowledge, and identify best practices for engaging in co-produced scholarship and action.

Microcredential: Big Ideas to Promote Global Health Equity

CGHE is in the process of obtaining approval for a new Microcredential with a Digital Badge linked to the Co-Production of Knowledge for Global Health Equity seminar series. Full requirements and details will be rolled out soon. In the meantime, please be aware that to be eligible for this Digital Badge, you must register for and attend six of the nine Co-Production of Knowledge seminars that are to be offered in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Virtual Seminar Series Schedule

Seminars will be held from 4-5:30 p.m., Eastern Time, the second Tuesday of the month. 

September 8th at 4:00 p.m.

Countering Structures of Racial and Social Injustice: Community Partnerships in Research and Practice

Charisma Acey, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Margaretta Lin, Executive Director, Just Cities

Opening remarks by Chitra Rajan, Associate Vice President for Research Advancement, UB Research and Economic Development

Charisma Acey.

Charisma Acey is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries in West Africa, southern Africa and Central America. Her work focuses on local and regional environmental sustainability, with a focus on poverty reduction, urban governance, environmental justice, and access to basic services. Her work relies on both quantitative and participatory, qualitative research approaches to understanding individual and household demand for improved infrastructure and environmental amenities. Current and past research projects, teaching and service learning courses have focused on addressing barriers to sustainable development such as human-environment interactions at multiple scales in urban areas around the world, poverty and participatory approaches to governance and development, the financing and sustainability of publicly provided services and utilities such as water and sanitation, local and regional food systems, environmental justice, and urbanization domestically and globally.

Margaretta Lin.

Margaretta Lin is Executive Director for Just Cities and Ron Dellums Institute for Social Justice, an organization that demands restorative justice in policy, planning, and development. Margaretta combines her unique experiences in government, community activism, law, youth development, social enterprises, and collaboration into a force for equity and hope. She has pioneered innovations and created new community institutions working at the intersections of equitable development, race, class, community healing, government transformation, youth violence, and educational equity.

Fruits of her love and labor include the Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap, the Oakland Housing Assistance Center, the OSNI Collaborative for East Oakland development without displacement, the City of Oakland's foreclosure preventionforeclosed properties, and vacant lots initiatives, affordable housing in West Oakland and Oakland Chinatown, the preservation of the historic West Oakland train station and community reuse planYouth TogetherYouth Uprising, and the Skyline High School One Land, One People Youth Center.

October 13th at 4:00 p.m.

Ethical Issues in Community-based Research: The Gulf Oil Study

David Resnik, Bioethicist, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

David Resnik.

David B. Resnik, has an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. from Concord University School of Law. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Davidson College. Dr. Resnik was an Associate and Full Professor of Medical Humanities at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) from 1998-2004, and an Associate Director of the Bioethics Center at ECU and University Health Systems from 1998-2004. Dr. Resnik was Assistant and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wyoming (UW) from 1990-1998, and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics at UW from 1995-1998. Dr. Resnik has published over 250 articles and 9 books on various topics in philosophy and bioethics and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on several editorial boards and is an Associate Editor of the journal Accountability in Research. Dr. Resnik was Chair of the NIEHS Institutional Review Board (IRB) from 2008-2019 and is a Certified IRB Professional.  

November 10th at 4:00 p.m.

The Long Game: Insights from 18 Years of Co-Production of Knowledge

Samina Raja, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Inclusive Excellence, UB School of Architecture and Planning

Diane Picard, Executive Director, Massachusetts Avenue Project

samina raja.

Samina Raja, professor of urban planning, associate dean for research and inclusive excellence, principal investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (the “Food Lab”), and co-director of UB's Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE), focuses on understanding the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. In addition to being a leading scholar in her field and active leader in shaping food systems policies for healthier communities in Western New York, Raja is also an invaluable mentor for students. As director of the master of urban planning Community Health and Food Systems specialization, Raja engages her students in the classroom and through graduate studio courses that have worked to develop food systems plans alongside community partners in Buffalo and Trivandrumpuram, India. Through Raja's scholarship and teaching, she emphasizes the necessity for equitable and inclusive planning processes. “It is important that local governments exercise reflection about how policy and planning processes amplify, or dampen, marginalized voices in planning for community food systems.”

Diane Picard.

Diane Picard has been with the Massachusetts Avenue Project since 1997 and currently serves as MAP’s Executive Director. In 2003, she founded Growing Green, a program that employs and trains youth in urban agriculture, food systems issues, microenterprise and leadership. With her very talented staff, she has led MAP’s efforts to increase access of fresh, affordable food in Buffalo’s schools and inner city neighborhoods. In 1992, she received a Masters of Social Work from Boston University, specializing in Program Planning and Community Organizing. Her undergraduate degree from Cornell University prepared her to teach agriculture and art at a rural secondary school in Botswana, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1986 to 1988.

December 8th at 4:00 p.m.

Toward Research and University-Community Partnerships that Center and Sustain an Advocacy Approach to Addressing Sexual Violence

Melinda Lemke, Assistant Professor, UB Graduate School of Education

Kate Rogers, Crisis Services Buffalo & Erie County

Melinda Lemke.

Melinda Lemke is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. An interdisciplinary, qualitative educational policy researcher, her body of work focuses on the politics of education and how educational organizations address equity issues and the specific needs of underserved youth. The first area is concerned with how power affects educational policy, programming, and schooling processes. The second examines how neoliberal sociopolitical and normative culture shapes educational actor decision-making and youth schooling experience. Situating her work within critical and feminist theoretical traditions, Melinda has researched gender violence and prevention; neoliberal policy reform and implementation; trafficking and immigration policy; refugee student trauma and resettlement; and practitioner self-care. Melinda is co-lead of a UB Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity Big Ideas team (Refugee Health and Well-being), Gender Institute affiliate, and Associate Editor for Leadership and Policy in Schools. Among other outlets, her work is published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Children's Geographies, Educational Policy, Policy Futures in Education, and The Urban Review. Prior to her position at UB, Melinda was a postdoctoral research associate for the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom. Her research and university teaching is shaped by a previous career in U.S. urban public education.

January 12th at 4:00 p.m.

Yeeli Mui, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Allison DeHonney, President and CEO, Urban Fruits and Veggies

Yeeli Mui.

Dr. Mui is a trans-disciplinary scholar dedicated to identifying public health solutions that build on community assets and strengths. Her research focus is to advance health equity through the lens of planning for food systems, transportation, and community development. Dr. Mui is leading a team of researchers and practitioners in Kerala, India, through Plan-REFUGE, a multi-country project in the Global South which aims to mitigate food and health inequities among small-scale farmers experiencing urbanization and climate change pressures. In the United States, she is evaluating the role of collective efficacy and collaborative governance models to drive policy and food systems change at the local level. Other ongoing projects include an evaluation of how regional scale plans address food equity; an assessment of food as healing through a therapeutic community gardens program for women and children living in secure residential facilities; and a study of neighborhood revitalization impacts on community health in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Mui grew up in Bakersfield, CA. She holds a BS in Public Health Sciences and a MPH in Health Policy from Yale University. Dr. Mui also served as a Marketing and Communications Officer for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) in Washington, DC, before receiving her PhD in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following her doctoral training, Dr. Mui completed two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the Community for Global Health Equity and School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Allison DeHonney.

Allison DeHonney is President and CEO of Urban Fruits & Veggies (UBF), an urban agriculture business that partners with local farmers to produce quality agricultural products grown from the best non-treated seeds in quality soil with no pesticides. UBF maintains over 30 beds of vegetables and a greenhouse in vacant lots on the east side of Buffalo. UBF also operates a mobile produce market that provides underserved communities with access to healthy fruits & vegetables and nutrition education. They sell produce at local farmers markets from June to October and has launched a corporate wellness division where they imbed their services into local companies and universities. UBF has also created nutrition education and farming programing for local elementary and high school students . 

With 20 years experience in executive leadership, project management, and business development, Ms. DeHonney has spearheaded four businesses including Urban Fruits & Veggies and Buffalo Go Green Inc., a non-profit. Ms. DeHonney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Management, both from Medaille College. 

February 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Sameer Honwad, Assistant Professor, UB Graduate School of Education

Dr. Sameer Honwad.

Dr. Sameer Honwad is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Honwad’s research focuses on environmental decision-making processes and how students merge different knowledge systems to make sustainable environmental decisions pertaining to their everyday life.

March 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Margaret Gyapong, Professor and Director, Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana

April 13th at 4:00 p.m.

Alison Parker, Senior Program Associate, Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program

May 11th at 4:00 p.m.

To be announced.

For inquiries and questions, please contact us at: globalhealth@buffalo.edu.