The focus of COMBER is:

Community-based educational research to improve the quality of life of people engaged in contexts of learning and development.  Community-based educational research can be defined as a partnership of students, faculty and members of the community who collaboratively engage in research with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or affecting social change with the aim of generating knowledge, skills and processes that will enhance sustainable learning and development.

Community-based research is ecological in approach; it promotes preventative action towards social justice; it values local knowledge and importance of involving people in learning how to take control of their own lives through process principles that promote critical consciousness, participation, vision, inclusiveness and the development of capabilities and personal integrity to complement the acquisition of skills and knowledge.