What Doesn’t Kill It Makes It Stronger: Navigating Conflict in Partnered Research Teams

Event Details

Researchers and their non-academic partners, including community members, government policymakers, and non-profits, collaborate throughout all stages of a project. While they typically share common objectives and values of the research endeavors, disagreements may arise regarding timelines, research methods, knowledge products, and other aspects. Although such conflicts have the potential to strain relationships, they also present opportunities to deepen understanding, clarify goals, promote equity, and enhance the positive social impact of the research.

In this introductory workshop, researchers and research staff will have the opportunity to explore the nature and impact of conflict on teams. Using the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) participants will learn to identify 5 approaches to conflict, personal tendencies in conflict, and team dynamics when engaged in managing conflicts. Equipped with this shared language and understanding about conflict, research teams can intentionally handle conflict in assertive and respectful ways.

Breakfast will be served.

Date: May 2, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Ponderosa Ballroom, 6445 University Blvd
Cost: Free.

Please note that there is limited space available for this workshop. We encourage interested participants to register early to secure their spot.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss when and how conflict may show up in collaborative research teams
  2. Identify 5 approaches to conflict and which style you tend to use
  3. Articulate strategies for productively and respectfully managing conflict on teams in ways that increase trust and equity


May 2, 2024 | Learn how to identify and navigate conflict in research teams using the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. Transform disagreements into opportunities for deeper understanding and impactful collaboration.

Allison Rennie, MFA, brings 30 years of experience leading small groups, and training leaders. They are an animateur based in Naramata, BC who is passionate about experiential education and aligning values with leadership behaviours. Allison has facilitated leadership learning courses and retreats for UBC and UVIC, not-for-profits, and in progressive faith based settings. A good mystery, a great movie, a fresh loaf of bread, a moment of learning, a good question, big work and a deep conversation – all of this is fuel for Allison’s creativity! The gifts of group facilitation, hosting important conversation, and serious play are all brought to the table in their approach as an animateur

Event Organizers

This event is organized by “Partnering in Research” (PiR), a collaborative venture between the Knowledge Exchange Unit of UBC’s Vice President Research and Innovation, and the Office of Community Engagement under the Vice President External Relations.