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Student research featured in Times Colonist

A multimedia website that explores queer culture in India, art that interprets doctor-patient communication barriers and photography that seeks to answer the question, “What changes do northern Ugandans want to see in their community?”

These are some of the Royal Roads University student projects that make academic research accessible and interesting to the general public. They are among more than 20 featured on the Public Ethnography as Innovative Learning website,, which was established by School of Communication and Culture Prof. Phillip Vannini last year.

“The typical student assignment is read by one person – the professor. I’ve always seen it as a waste of energy and learning,” says Vannini, who is Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. “The website was created to take the knowledge that students generate and make it available to the general public, who would find it interesting. It was also created as a way to showcase the high-quality work that our students are doing...”

Read the full story here. See the Times Colonist page, developed by Community Relations and Marketing, here.