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The HUB conducts two forms of research:

1) developing a methodological framework on decolonial perspectives and practises

2) investigating the relationship between decolonial perspectives and practises in and outside of the academy

For both research topics qualitative and quantitative methods are used to determine the ways the Decolonial hub is propelling institutional transformation in a manner that can be modeled and sustained by the next generation.

As it relates to our methodological work, the HUB research team is dedicated to understanding the ways each sector and activity of the HUB is contributing to an alternative culture, pedagogy and structure within higher education that is rooted in care, diversity and anti-colonial histories. This work involves quantifying and interpreting the ways the HUB community and the HUB impact each other via knowledge-exchange; pointedly how the hub inspires interpersonal, social, cultural and curricular engagement with and incorporation of decoloniality. The research output of this work includes our HUB toolkit, methodological journal submissions and reflective artifacts that outline our co-creative process in multimedia and other creative formats.

Our work investigating decolonial perspectives and practices within and outside the academy, more broadly, involves targeted analyses on the ways that different disciplines from the humanities to STEM relate to decoloniality and the ways the work by our community partners relates to decoloniality. The research output of these investigations include co-authored journal and chapter submissions, HUB events and academic conferences. Some of our recent engagements include our book chapter Addressing Decoloniality through Biases in STEM: A Cross-Dicsplinary Dialogue published in the 2022 Springer Nature Handbook, the book chapter, Beyond Equity: A Case of Student-led Activism in a Canadian (Quebec) University, our panel and workshop at the 2022 Comparative International Education Society Conference (CIES) and invited panelist to the Association for Studies in Higher Eduction (ASHE). To further our efforts, we are conducting a longitudinal study, Decolonizing on Campus: An Analysis of Decolonizing Efforts at McGill and Concordia University.

Together with our HUB community we experiment with and cultivate anti-colonial approaches to research and researching. As we take a global approach to decoloniality, we leverage the expertise and lived experiences of our diverse team of dedicated Mediterranean, African, Asian, Canadian, Diasporic, European, gender diverse multilingual peoples.

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