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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
October 9, 2015
Canadian Excellence

What is Knowledge Mobilization?

RedLeaf_2.jpgWhat is Knowledge Mobilization?

Knowledge mobilization (KMb) is "the reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts within Canada and/or internationally, and, ultimately, has the potential to enhance the profile, reach and impact of social sciences and humanities research." (  Mobilizing knowledge is intended to improve communities, workplaces, health, education, policy and communities through effective (co-)creation, sharing, leveraging and application of knowledge.

The term knowledge mobilization or KMb (SSHRC) is analogous to knowledge translation or KT (CIHR), knowledge exchange (CHSRF), Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (UK), Knowledge & distributed intelligence and knowledge dissemination (MSFHR). In the natural sciences, knowledge mobilization is often called ‘tech transfer’.

Knowledge mobilization is concerned with reciprocal exchange relationships between people and research, both within Laurier and with the wider world.  It is intended to bring together faculty, students, community and policy makers to find solutions to problems and pursue research questions.

The goal of the knowledge mobilization unit is to maximize impact of Laurier research through:

  • Increasing community engagement in research
  • Facilitating knowledge-based collaboration
  • Increasing awareness of Laurier research