Stronger together: Developing research partnerships with social impact organizations

Melissa G. Bublitz, Laura A. Peracchio, Brennan Davis, Jennifer Edson Escalas, Jonathan Hansen, Elizabeth G. Miller, Beth Vallen, Tiffany B. White

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A growing number of Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) academic community members are establishing research partnerships with Social Impact Organizations (SIOs) such as nonprofits, public policy entities, and other societally focused organizations and initiatives. These relational engagement partnerships with SIOs are vital for TCR researchers because SIOs have deep connections to people and communities where transformative change takes place. We leverage insights from TCR researchers and SIOs engaged in relational engagement partnerships to outline a framework for such partnerships that supports and sustains these collaborations, furthers knowledge creation, and lays the groundwork for social impact. Our goal is to offer a framework for relational engagement partnerships that can propagate within the TCR community, encouraging fruitful collaborations between TCR researchers and SIOs that have the potential to create positive social impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1028-1045
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Consumer Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • nonprofits
  • partnerships
  • relational engagement research
  • social impact
  • transformative consumer research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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