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Jorge Sousa

Associate Professor


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

I completed my PhD at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. 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. I am currently working with stakeholders interested in converting public housing into some form of tenant managed arrangement. The objective of this work is to develop appropriate learning strategies and to institute a process that can account for the needs of citizens as they take control of their housing community.


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