The Qualitative Community-Based Research Program at the BC Centre on Substance has a broad program mandate to examine the impacts of social, structural, and environmental factors on drug-related harm and to evaluate novel programs and policies specific to substance use.

Research topics range widely, including: examinations of emerging and existent harm reduction programs, including opioid maintenance, overdose prevention interventions and impacts of social-structural conditions on safer supply provision; community engagement and innovation; and how the intersections of contextual factors (e.g., COVID-19) and public policy (e.g., policing; housing) impact substance use and overdose-related patterns among diverse social groups.

Our research teams draw on a range of data collection methods, including in-depth interviews, community-based participatory research (CBPR), ethnographic observational fieldwork, and geospatial mapping.



Some key partners include:

  • Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
  • Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS)
  • British Columbia Association for People on Opioid Maintenance (BCAPOM)
  • Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
  • Portland Hotel Society (PHS)
  • Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • LIFT Community Services
  • Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD)
  • Vancouver Coastal Health


For more information about the Qualitative Community-Based Research Program, contact:

Sylvia Parusel, Research Manager

Email: [email protected]

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