PhD in Social Practice and Transformational Change

Turn ideas into action. PhD in social practice and transformational change

Interested in scholarship that cuts across conventional disciplinary boundaries?

Program Description

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences is launching a new, interdisciplinary doctoral program in the field of social practice and transformational change!

Become immersed in a culture of collaboration with emphasis on community engaged scholarship and bridge the gap between theory and practice. The PhD in Social Practice and Transformational Change makes social practice the subject of research and recognizes research as a social practice.

With the creation of an Individual Development Plan (IDP), the program is deeply learner-centred with built-in flexibility allowing your learning to be adapted and directed by you.

Applications are now being accepted! Deadline: January 15, 2020

Program Pillars

The proposed program is grounded by six key pillars:

  1. Intersectional and Decolonizing Approaches and the ‘Unsettling’ Nature of Change
  2. Feminist, Gender, Sexuality and Other Critical Perspectives for Rethinking Difference and the Human
  3. Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  4. Social Justice and Praxis Orientation
  5. Methodological Innovation and Boundary Crossing
  6. Community Engaged Scholarship

Program Requirements

The PhD in Social Practice and Transformational Change combines research-intensive classroom study with experiential and problem-based learning – preparing you for lifelong learning and future career success in private, public and civil society sectors.

The program is comprised of 1.5 credits of coursework, on-going participation in two facilitated Communities of Practice (CoP), a qualifying examination, and thesis.


Funding packages start at $23,000

Unique curricular

Engage in ethical community partnerships


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To learn more about the PhD in Social Practice and Transformational Change, contact:


Dr. Belinda Leach

Program Director