Jorge Sousa, PhD

Professor of Adult Community and Higher Education, Faculty of Education
Vice-Dean, Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs

Contact

Professor of Adult Community and Higher Education, Faculty of Education
Email
sousa@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-4905
Address
5-101 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Vice-Dean, Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs
Email
sousa@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-7477
Address
551A Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Adult Education Social Economy Community Development Public Policy


About

My education background includes the following: 
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). 2006  
  • Master of Arts, Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). 2000 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Department of Psychology, York University. 1997
My primary inspiration for working in the realm of community development was based on my experiences of converting public housing to co-operative housing and as president of the Graduate Students’ Union at the University of Toronto. I am comfortable working with different research methodologies, in particular mixed methods approaches. My primary research approach is community based, which results in research outcomes that have significant social value. I often work with community-based non-profit organizations to conduct research as well as participate in planning processes relevant to capacity building and development.

My areas of research expertise all fall within the context of the intersection of community development and adult education. I am primarily engaged in research aimed at understanding and strengthening Canada’s Social Economy. The specific topics that my research is focuses on includes: strengthening Canada’s Social Economy; governance and member engagement of non-profit and co-operative organizations; higher education and partnerships; and public policy related to community development and community economic development. 

Research

  • Community development/community economic development
  • Learning styles in social economy organizations
  • Community governance models
  • Participatory decision making
  • Housing policy and practice

Teaching

Graduate Courses—The University of Alberta

  • Assessing Needs and Program Planning in Adult and Community Education, EDPS 585
  • Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research, EDPS 581  
  • Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspectives on Policy and Practice, EDPS 580
  • Foundations of Adult Education, EDPS 577
  • Education and Community, EDPS 567 
  • Learning and Teaching at the Adult Level, EDPS 521  
  • Research Project Capping Exercise, EDPS 900  
  • Conducting Educational Research (Online), EDU 515

Graduate Courses—Cape Breton University

  • Business and Community Development I, MBAC 5101 
  • Business and Community Development II, MBAC 6101
  • Applied Research Methods, MBAC 6121

Undergraduate Courses—The University of Alberta

  • Ethics and Law in Teaching, EDPS 410 
  • Society and Education, EDPS 360  
  • Cross-Cultural Studies in Education, EDPS 411

Scholarly Activities

Other - Academic Appointments

Professor, Adult, Community and Higher Education Specialization, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. 2019 – Present.

Associate Professor, Adult, Community and Higher Education Specialization, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. 2014 – 2019.

Adjunct Professor, The Faculty of Extension. 2012 – 2018. 

Adjunct Professor, Shannon School of Business, Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, Cape Breton University. 2008 – Present. 

Adjunct Professor, The Research Centre, Athabasca University. 2011 – 2013. 

Assistant Professor, Adult Education Specialization, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. 2006 – 2014. 

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Community Services and Health Sciences, George Brown College, Toronto, ON. 2002 – 2006.

Centre Scholar, The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, 2008 – 2019.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), 2007 – 2009.


Admin - Administrative Appointments

  • Program Coordinator, Adult, Community and Higher Education Specialization, Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. 2021 – Present. 
  • Acting Chair, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. January 2020 – June 2020.
  • Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. July 2017 – June 2020.
  • Program Coordinator, Adult, Community and Higher Education Specialization, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The University of Alberta. 2015 – 2017. 
  • Director, The Work and Learning Network for Research and Policy (WLN), Department of Educational Policy Studies, The University of Alberta. 2012 – 2017. 
  • Program Coordinator, Adult Education Specialization, Department of Educational Policy Studies, The University of Alberta. 2010 – 2013.

Other - Current University Service

  • Appointed, Member of the Faculty of Education Restructuring Steering Committee, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta 
  • Elected, Scholarship and Research Awards Committee (SARAC), Faculty of Education, University of Alberta 

Other - Editor-in-Chief, English Language Editor, The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research

2018-07-01 to 2021-06-30

The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de re­cherche sur les OSBL et l'économie sociale welcomes a wide range of original submissions in English or French that focus on nonprofit organizations (NPO) and the social economy. As the Editor in Chief I was responsible for publishing two issues per year.

The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de re­cherche sur les OSBL et l'économie sociale

Other - Elected Speaker, Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA)

2021-07-01 to 2023-06-30

The speaker is elected annually by the AASUA Council under Article 6.8, or their designate. Speaker to preside impartially over Council meetings and enforce Roberts’ Rules of Order Newly Revised at meetings of Council. As the speaker I also preside over all general meetings and election forums held during the speaker's term.

Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA)

Other - Past University Service

  • Appointed Panel Member, University Appeal Board, The University of Alberta
  • Elected Member, The General Faculties Council, The University of Alberta.
  • Appointed Member, Standing Committee on Convocation, Faculty of Education Representative, The University of Alberta.
  • Elected Member, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Council, Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta.
  • Elected Member, The Election Committee, Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta.
  • Elected Member, Timetable Committee, Department of Educational Policy, The University of Alberta.
  • Elected Member, The Faculty Evaluation Committee, Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta.
  • Appointed Member, The Faculty of Extension Council, The University of Alberta.
  • Appointed Member, The Faculty of Business Council, The University of Alberta.
  • Appointed Member. General Faculties Council (GFC) representative, The Council on Student Affairs (COSA), The University of Alberta.

Other - Professional Affiliations

  • The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
  • The Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER).
  • The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC). 
  • The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan
  • The Centre for Urban & Community Studies (CUCS), The University of Toronto.
  • The City-Regions Studies Centre, The University of Alberta.
  • The Social Economy Centre (SEC), The University of Toronto.
  • The Women & Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI), The University of Alberta.
  • The Work and Learning Network (WLN), The University of Alberta.

Research - Research Funding

2022.   Sustaining and Scaling the Social and Solidarity Economy in Canada. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Engage Grants. With McMurtry, JJ, and Toye, Michael. Primary-investigator.

2019. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l'eĢconomie sociale. Aid to Scholarly Journals. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research CouncilCommunity-University Research Alliance program. Primary Investigator.

2017. Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE) Longitudinal Evaluation Project. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant. Co-Applicant.

2014. The Pedagogy of Social Value: Understanding Social Economy Learning Approaches. Funded by the Support for the Advancement of Scholarship enhanced operating grant, The Faculty of Education, The University of Alberta. Principal Investigator.

2014. Exploring the policy and development challenges of Enabling community-based control in public housing. Funded by the Vice-President Research, The University of Alberta. Principal Investigator.

2012. Social Economy, Community Resilience and the Transition to Sustainability. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant program. Co-applicant.

2011. Education Literature Review: Context and Opportunities. With the Achievable Sustainability Options for Resource-Based Communities project at Athabasca University. Funded by the Town of Hinton, Town of Grande Cache, Grande Prairie Regional College and the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN). Principal Investigator.

2010. The Atkinson Housing Co-operative Case Study. With the Community-University Research Alliance for Social business and marginalized social groups Team Proposal. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Principal Investigator.


Other - Special Issues Editor, The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research

2021-07-01 to 2023-03-31

As the Special Issues Editor for the Journal for the Canadian Association for Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSERJ) I am responsible for approving and publishing the journal's special issues. The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de re­cherche sur les OSBL et l'économie sociale welcomes a wide range of original submissions in English or French that focus on nonprofit organizations (NPO) and the social economy.

The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de re­cherche sur les OSBL et l'économie sociale

Admin - Vice Dean, Faculty Development & Faculty Affairs

Started: 2023-07-01

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Vice-Dean Faculty Development & Faculty Affairs contributes to advancing the mission, vision, values and strategic priorities of the Faculty.

Featured Publications

Jorge Sousa

The New Social and Impact Economy An International Perspective. Edited by Benjamin Gidron​ and Anna Domaradzka. 2021 February;


Jorge Sousa

Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity. 2015 January; 4 (1):pp. 52-74.


Jorge Sousa, Roger Herman (eds.),

2015 January;


Mitch Diamantopoulos, Jorge Sousa

2014 January;


Jorge Sousa, Michael Toye. (guest eds.).

Canadian Pubic Policy. 2014 January; 40 (s1)


Jorge Sousa

2013 January;


Jorge Sousa

2012 January;


Jorge Sousa, Stuart Wulff. (guest eds.)

Canadian Review of Social Policy. 2012 January; 67 (2)


Sousa, Jorge and Herman, Roger.(eds.)

2009 January;