Research Statement

My scholarship is located within a community-based participatory action framework that has at its center the critical examination of power and access structures that often disregard underrepresented and oppressed populations. Furthermore, participatory frameworks value multiple forms of knowledge and respect groups that often are excluded from access points and who hold unique perspectives on structural barriers. My own journey as a scholar has increasingly moved me from community-based research to participatory models and further to community-led projects, where community partners are peers in the co-creation of knowledge. This asset-based approach to community development focuses on existing strengths as well as placing the highest priority on solutions developed by the community itself.

One of my recognized strengths is my ability to bring together faculty, students, and partners from institutions of higher education with community organizations and residents groups. Together we identify shared goals and implement well-defined partnerships that create the context for new models of engaged teaching, community-based research (CBR, CBPR & PAR), and social action.

Research Keywords

  • Global Social Work: Local to Global Connections
  • Forced Migration; Communities of Immigrant and Refugee Backgrounds
  • Community Participatory Action Research
  • Community - Higher Education Partnerships
  • Bridging Borders

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Global Learning Communities: Developing Social Work Curriculum for the Global Context. PI: Rosemarie Huner . Co-PI(s): Aster Tecle, Robert Kagabo. Office of Global Engagement , 01/01/2018 - 12/02/2019. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • UNACCOMPANIED WOMEN AND MINORS. PI: HUNTER,ROSEMARIE. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $31,100.00
  • MATCH FOR 55000090. PI: HUNTER,ROSEMARIE. US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URB, 10/21/2004 - 04/21/2008. Total project budget to date: $763,202.00
  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH COMMUNITY O. PI: HUNTER,ROSEMARIE. US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URB, 10/21/2004 - 04/21/2008. Total project budget to date: $399,702.00


  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Uganda


  • Tecle, A. & Bynre, K., Schmit, K. Vogel-Ferguson, M., Mohamed, N., Mohamed, A., Hunter, R. (2018). Seeking Refuge: An Exploration of Unaccompanied Minors from Somalia and Families from Pakistan Experiences of Services in Bangkok, Thailand. Advances in Social Work Practice. Vol. 18(3), 1005 - 1022. Published, 10/2018.
  • Tecle, A. S. & Ha, An Thi & Hunter, R. (2016). Creating a Continuing Education Pathway for Newly Arrived Immigrants and Refugee Communities. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Vol. DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2016.121. Published, 10/2016.
  • Hunter, R. & Molina-Avella, I.T. (2014). Shared community: Leaders of immigrant and refugee backgrounds partner with undergraduate students for social change. AUDEM: International Journal of Higher Education. Vol. 4, 79-93. Published, 10/2014.
  • Basinger, N. & Hunter, R. (2014). A service-learning approach to organizational capacity building with communities of immigrant and refugee background. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. Vol. 7(2), 19- 29. Published, 04/2014.
  • Mileski, K. & Mohamed, A., & Hunter, R. (2014). Creating inclusive spaces for partnership: Responses from local leaders engaged in a community-university partnership centre. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. Vol. 7, 144-156. Published, 03/2014.