Knowledge Mobilization

What is knowledge mobilization?

According to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council,  knowledge mobilization is the reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts within Canada and/or internationally, and, ultimately, has the potential to enhance the profile, reach and impact of social sciences and humanities research. Put simply, knowledge mobilization puts research into practice!

Knowledge mobilization initiatives must address at least one of the following, as appropriate, depending on research area and project objectives, context, and target audience:

Within academia:

  • informs, advances and/or improves:
    • research agendas
    • theory
    • methods

Beyond academia:

  • informs public debate, policies, and/or practice
  • enhances/improves services
  • informs the decisions and/or processes of people in business, government, the media, practitioner communities and civil society.


CURL has three main areas of knowledge mobilization:

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