Centres and Institutes

UFV centres reflect the diverse issues that citizens in our region are concerned about and mirror the long history of collaboration our university has with other vibrant groups and institutions in the Fraser Valley and beyond. What you find on the following web pages are some of the many ways in which faculty, students, and community members come together across disciplines to enquire and learn together. 

Centres and Institutes Annual Reports Summary 2013

2013 Centres & Institutes Reports Cover Memo

2013 Centres & Institutes Reports

Agriburban Research Centre (ARC)


The Agriburban Research Centre (ARC) is dedicated to the study of landscapes on the edge of major urban areas, with a focus on creating thriving agricultural regions within regional cities. ARC will draw on global examples to study intensive agriculture, residential and agricultural interactions, agrarian migration experiences, fringe development, agricultural/ecological interactions, and land use regimes. Created as a joint project between UFV Geography and UFV Agriculture, ARC is intended to be a centre for excellence in the area of the rural/urban fringe.

Dr. Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment, is leading a SSHRC-funded research project, Understanding Agriburbia: Conflict and Innovation on the Rural/Urban Fringe, to study the evolution of agriburban landscapes and the role they play in regional food security.

Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies

Annual Report

The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies is the University of the Fraser Valley's nexus point where scholars from UFV programs, Indo Canadian community members as well as groups from all sectors of the community, and international visitors, students and scholars from India/South Asia come together. The Centre supports the development, maintenance and strengthening of linkages that lead to diverse experiences for students, faculty and community. The Centre also initiates and supports India Canada studies, programs and activities that promote the study of and engagement with the sub-continent and the Indo Canadian Diaspora.

The research arm of the Centre supports associates of UFV to undertake research in their special areas as well as responding to broader needs as they arise. The Centre is a hub and repository of the pioneering history of the Indo Canadian Diaspora while assisting in the development of much needed research that benefits members of the community, government and the many facets of academia.

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies is a hub of information for people who want to do business with India and who want to understand the relationships and opportunities between our two countries. It enhances the economic contribution of the Indo-Canadian community in BC. Visit the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies online or drop by room F125 (University House) in Abbotsford.

Global Development Institute

Many programs, faculty, staff and students have a commitment to teaching and research in the global area of development and the creation of the Global Development Institute offers a focal point for these activities and a vehicle for interdisciplinary collaboration and programs. The Institute’s vision is to extend the practice of community outreach beyond the Fraser Valley region toward the global context. In doing so, the GDI promotes and encourages research on sustainable human and community development in order to facilitate positive change for those living in impoverished conditions. Visit the Global Development Institute online or drop by room D129 in Abbotsford.

Centre for Social Research
Gladys and Harvey Kipp Research Lab

Visit the Centre for Social Research online.

The University of the Fraser Valley is committed to innovative, cross-disciplinary research. Under the auspices of the Associate Vice-President Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies, the Centre for Social Research provides a gathering place for those in the UFV community actively involved in social research. As such the centre provides a physical space and the technology required to conduct, promote and support student and faculty social research as well as data management and data analysis; assistance in the development of social research projects which benefit students, faculty and the broader community; support for cross-disciplinary collaboration for researchers involved in the social sciences, humanities, arts and social policy research; and, opportunities for teaching and learning related to a variety of social research methods. For more information please contact Brad Whittaker at brad.whittaker@ufv.ca. Drop by the centre in Abbotsford, room B164. Click here for Booking Instructions for the Centre.

Centre for Education and Research on Aging

The Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA) was launched at UFV in 2006 with the goal of facilitating a collaborative process between educators, researchers, practitioners, students, elders and caregivers in the Fraser Valley to learn more about the issues of the aging process. Visit the Centre for Education and Research on Aging online or drop by room A114 in Chilliwack.

Paleoecology Lab

Directed by Dr. Jonathan Hughes, research n the BioGeoLab focuses on the response of vegetation to past earthquakes, fires, floods, climate change, and anthropogenic modification of the landscape. We use pollen, plant macrofossils, and tree rings to quantify the abundance and distribution of vegetation in the past and how plant communities were influences by changing environmental conditions. Understanding how environments changed in the past helps refine predictive models and risk management. The interdisciplinary research conducted in the Biogeography Lab attracts students and faculty from geography, biology, chemistry, statistics, and fine arts. Visit the Paleoecology Lab online or drop by A311 in Abbotsford.

Luminescence Dating Lab

Annual Report

Under the direction of Dr. Olav Lian, the Geography Department at UFV is the home of a luminescence dating laboratory, currently the only one of its kind in western Canada. The NSERC-funded laboratory has absorbed, and replaced, the Optical and TL Dating Laboratory in the Physics Department of Simon Fraser University which closed due to the retirement of its director. The UFV Luminescence Dating Laboratory serves as a place of research and teaching, and welcomes both visiting colleagues from other universities, and graduate and undergraduate students. The laboratory also undertakes limited contract work. Visit the Luminescence Dating Lab online or drop by room A407H in Abbotsford.

Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research

As a state of the art criminal justice research lab, the CCJR is dedicated to the development and implementation of cutting edge methodologies and techniques for the study of criminal and social justice issues. Visit the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reseach online.

Centre for Safe Schools and Communities

Located in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the UFV Centre for Safe Schools and Communities is an interdisciplinary centre that is committed to providing research and resources that support the creation of safe, health, and inclusive schools and communities. Visit the UFV Centre for Safe Schools and Communities or drop by A203J on the Abbotsford campus.

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