Research 101 and a Manifesto for Ethical Research in the Downtown Eastside (DTES)


The Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver is a heavily-researched neighborhood. Research 101 was a series of six weekly workshops (February to April 2018) to discuss research and ethics in the DTES. A group of 6 to 13 representatives from several DTES organizations partnering with the SISC lab met each week to discuss experiences with research in the past, the wider context of research in the DTES, and community expectations for more ethical research practice. Lindsay Deane (SFU research assistant) took notes on workshop participants’ perspectives and suggestions during weekly discussions and Scott Neufeld (SFU PhD student) drew on these notes to draft a summary of these discussions for workshopping and review at the final Research 101 workshop. This resulted in a co-created “manifesto” for ethical research in the Downtown Eastside. An online (and up to date) version of the manifesto is accessible at, a PDF of the hard copy version (graphic design by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement) is available here and in select locations throughout the DTES. An outline of the Research 101 workshops is available here and a more detailed outline of weekly workshops is available on request from Scott Neufeld ( Find out more about the wider “Community Ethics in Cultural Production” project spearheaded by DTES organization Hives for Humanity here.

Research 101 and related work receives ongoing financial and administrative support from SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement the UBC Learning ExchangeHives for HumanitySFU’s Community Engagement Initiative and SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative.


Scott Neufeld and two manifesto co-authors (Nicolas Crier and Samona Marsh) were interviewed about Research 101 and the manifesto by James Mainguy on Co-Op Radio’s “Redeye”. Access the resulting podcast here: