Ruth Wilson

PhD Social Work (candidate), University of Toronto 

Ruth Wilson is a collaborative researcher with more than 14 years of experience facilitating community-based, participatory research in both academic and social service settings. Ruth’s approach seeks social change through local pursuits of epistemic justice with and for marginalized communities. Put simply, she is inspired by research dedicated to social action and rooted deeply in the collaborative, the communal, the de-centred, and the de-colonized.  The lion’s share of her work has engaged racialized newcomer communities in collaborative research with an eye to addressing the structural roots of racialized poverty and heath disparities in Tkaronto. Ruth is also a social worker. She is trained in Freirean approaches to community practice and has substantial experience developing community health programs for refugee and immigrant adults and youth in the resettlement sector.

Ruth joined the CCBR team in the fall of 2021. As a senior researcher, she remains dedicated to seeking ethical, equitable and practical models of CBR, through which communities can actively influence change to programs, services, and policy. Outside of her role at CCBR, Ruth is a proud mother to Esme and a PhD Candidate at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Her dissertation examines how community-based, participatory action research is conceptualized and applied in the production of social work knowledge in North America. Her approach to research, social work and motherhood includes ongoing and deep reflection on the ways in which these roles are shaped by her lived experiences as a mixed-race Filipina settler living on unceded Indigenous territory. In her free time, Ruth enjoys Muay Thai boxing, gardening, and colouring with her daughter.