University Capital, Community Engagement, and Continuing Education: Blending Professional Development and Social Change


  • Edward T. Jackson



professional development and social change: the investment of university capital in community projects. Increasing interest in applying social and environmental, as well as financial, criteria to the investment of university capital assets has been paralleled by the growth and diversity of community-university engagement across Canada. New social-finance instruments can be used to expand affordable housing, social infrastructure, renewable energy, and Aboriginal economic development. This article suggests that UCE units consider combining professional development programs with research and incubation partnerships in this emerging area. Participants in such activities could include university administrators, fund trustees, investment professionals, union leaders, civic leaders, and community activists.

Author Biography

Edward T. Jackson

Edward T. Jackson is a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. He has served on the steering committees of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, the Canadian Social Economy Research Networks, the Causeway Social Finance Initiative, Community-Based Research of Canada, and the Knowledge Commons Initiative.