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. 

Policy - Research Centres

Procedures - Centres & Institutes

Centres and Institutes Report Template 2017 - Due June 30.


Agriculture Centre of Excellence

The Agriculture Centre of Excellence was formed in the fall of 2015 with Dr. Garry Fehr as Director. The Centre is focused on supporting the agricultural economy in the Fraser Valley.

UFV has also joined hands with other universities and colleges in BC to form the Agriculture Centre of Excellence Network in order to maximize the use of the facility and provide additional services, resources, and expertise to the agricultural community. 

Agriburban Research Centre

Visit the Agriburban Research Centre online or drop by room B353 on the Abbotsford campus.

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. ARC is a joint project between the UFV Geography and the Environment department and UFV Agriculture Centre of Excellence and is intended to be a centre for excellence in the area of the rural/urban fringe

Dr. Lenore Newman is the ARC director. She is UFV's Canada Research Chair for Food Security and the Environment and an Associate Professor in the department of Geography and the Environment. Read her latest publication, Agriculture's Connection to Health: A summary of the evidence relevant to British Columbia, co-authored with Lisa J. Powell, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Agriurban Research Centre, University of the Fraser Valley and Univeristy of British Columbia, and Melanie Kurrein, MA, RD, Provincial Manager Food Security, Population and Public Health, Provincial Health Services Authority.


South Asian Studies Institute (SASI)

The South Asian Studies Institute (formerly known as 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.

SASI supports the development, maintenance and strengthening of linkages that lead to diverse experiences for students, faculty and community. SASI 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.

SASI's research arm supports associates of UFV to undertake research in their special areas, as well as responding to broader needs as they arise. SASI 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.

SASI is also a hub of information for people who want to do business with India and who want to understand the relationships and opportunities between the two countries. It enhances the economic contribution of the South Asian community in BC. Visit the South Asian Studies Institute online or drop by room F125 (University House) in Abbotsford.


Centre for Global Development

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 Centre for Global Development online or drop by room D129 in Abbotsford.


Centre for Social Research

The Centre for Social Research (CSR) undertakes research that contributes to an understanding of regional and international issues. The Centre emphasizes community relevance, interdisciplinary work, and evidence based policy initiatives that create positive social change. The Centre is responsible for the development, maintenance, and strengthening of linkages that inform and contribute to a greater understanding of communities and society.

The Centre is founded on the principles of social justice; facilitating informed citizenship regionally and internationally; and working in collaboration with the community. The Centre provides a forum for interdisciplinary research, a stimulating environment for training/mentoring students, and collegial discussions.

Gladys and Harvey Kipp Research Lab

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.  Visit the Centre for Social Research online or drop by room B164 on the Abbotsford campus. To book the interior offices in the Kipp Lab, please contact Deborah Block at deborah.block@ufv.ca for available dates and times, as well as access to the room keys. Thank-you. 


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

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.


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