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Research and Graduate Studies

Centres and Institutes

UFV's Research Centres and Institutes reflect a breadth of knowledges, specializations, and approaches to tackling issues that citizens in our region care about mirroring 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 pages are some of the many ways faculty, students, and community members are gathering across disciplines to inquire and learn together.

Resources and support

Centres and Institutes Sustainability and Innovation Fund
  • Designed to provide UFV research centres and institutes with funding to improve long-term operational sustainability. Next intake - May 31, 2024.
UFV Centres & Institutes Proposal Template
  • For faculty or staff to propose a new UFV Centre or Institute. Email your proposal to the Research Office at
Event request form for Research Centres/Institutes 
  • If your centre or institute is hosting an event, supports may be available through the Research Office.

Centres, Labs, and Institutes


Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA)

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, older people, and caregivers in the Fraser Valley to learn more about the issues of the aging process. 

Visit CERA


Centre for Justice, Equity, and Sustainable Action (JESA)

The Centre for Justice, Equity, and Sustainable Action (JESA) aims to extend community outreach beyond the Fraser Valley region promoting and encouraging research on sustainable human and community development in order to facilitate positive global change for those living in impoverished conditions.

Visit JESA


Centre for Philosophy for Children (CP4C)

The Centre for Philosophy for Children supports education, community outreach, and the dissemination of research in philosophy for children and the related areas of children’s rights, child development, and childhood studies. CP4C, an inquiry-based pedagogy, uses facilitated group discussion on philosophical questions to help develop children’s thinking.

Visit CP4C


Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research (CPSCJR)

As a state-of-the-art criminal justice research lab, the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research (CPSCJR), is dedicated to the development and implementation of cutting-edge methodologies and techniques for the study of criminal and social justice issues.

Visit the CPSCJR


Community Health and Social Innovation Hub (CHASI)

CHASI has been created to support the social, mental, emotional, physical, and economic health of those living in our communities. Through collaborative, multisectoral research and community engagement, the Hub acts as a key strategic health partner in the region, working to identify challenges and opportunities to improve individual and community health.



Centre for High Pressure Research (CHPR)

The mission of CHPR is to foster and coordinate collaborative research and disseminate the acquired knowledge in the field of high pressure effects on condensed-phase systems. The main objective is a development of a sustainable program of multi-faceted high pressure research of international standing with active involvement of undergraduate students.


Esposito Family Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (EFCIE)

The understanding that innovative technologies impact society and society, in turn, shapes technological progress, guides the Centre's research. Focusing on research, course development, and mentoring both students and local entrepreneurs, EFCIE emphasizes community outreach exploring the interactions between technology, innovation, and society. 



Peace and Reconciliation Centre (PARC)

UFV's Peace and Reconciliation Centre works to identify diverse expressions of conflict, raise awareness about the causes and systems that sustain conflict, and devise solutions that people can apply to create sustained and meaningful peace and reconciliation.

Visit PARC



Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI)

The Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI) fosters food security through the study of intensive sustainable agricultural land use and develops applied research capacity to supply the technology, knowledge, and skills to the agriculture sector in the Fraser Valley and beyond. 

Visit FAI


South Asian Studies Institute (SASI)

The South Asian Studies Institute is UFV's nexus point where scholars, Indo-Canadian community members, international visitors, students, and scholars from India/South Asia all come together. SASI supports the development, maintenance, and strengthening of linkages that lead to diverse experiences for students, faculty, and community. 

Visit SASI



Luminescence Dating Lab (LDL)

The Luminescence Dating Laboratory serves as a place of research and teaching. The Lab welcomes visiting colleagues from other universities and UFV graduate and undergraduate students while undertakes limited contract work. 

Visit LDL


Molecular Modeling Lab (MML)

The Molecular Modeling Lab was created in 2001 and has housed 32 undergraduate students from various departments, including chemistry, biology, physics, math, and computing. 

"(Research has) been a really sweet way to optimize my time at school. Looking back, I’m so grateful that I did this. It has truly been a highlight to work under Shelley (Canning). She has been a wonderful mentor and has impacted me and my nursing practice immensely."

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