Research Centres and Institutes

Research centres and institutes are venues for meetings and discussions, supported jointly by the Vice-President for Research and the Faculty. They have an identifiable and visible research structure, a clear research strategy for the criteria of research excellence, governance of their own and important influence. If the research centres focus on the mentoring of graduate studies, than the institutes offer important programs of study in key strategic fields. In doing so, the research centres and institutes attest to the intensity of research within the Faculty and the University.

Research centres and institutes are jointly funded by the Vice-President for Research and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Research Centres

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM)

Director: Stéphanie Gaudet, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies

The CIRCEM's goal is to promote and develop research and education projects related to citizenship and minority groups.

Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS)

Director: Rita Abrahamsen, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

CIPS' mission is to support cutting-edge scholarship on international security and global governance issues, and to stimulate and inform public discussion of international policy issues.

Centre for Public Management and Policy

The Centre on Public Management and Policy focuses on applied research as well as executive and professional training in the public sector management, especially regarding issues of concern to the federal Canadian government.

Centre for Research on Educational and Community Service (CRECS)

Director: Peter Milley, Faculty of Education

The objective of CRECS is to help develop, evaluate, and improve social programs and policies for citizens, especially those facing social exclusion.

Centre on Governance (COG)

Director: Eric Champagne, Political Studies

The COG focuses its activities on the mechanism of locally based governance in public sectors, private sectors and community in a diverse society.

Human Rights Research and Education Centre (affiliation)

Director: John Packer, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

The mandate of the Centre resumes an acceptance of the need to approach issues regarding human rights from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective, both in order to respect such rights and to explore that which they require in a complex, interconnected world. Particular emphasis is placed on public policy questions concerning peace, migration and immigration, health, environment, international trade and investment, poverty and vulnerable groups. The Centre was created by the Faculties of Common Law, Civil Law and Social Sciences.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health

Director: Jude Mary Cénat, School of Psychology

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health addresses health disparities observed among people from Black communities, deficiencies in training for health professionals and research, and gaps in care and public health policy concerning them. As Canada's first academic research centre entirely dedicated to the study of the biological, social, and cultural determinants of health of Black communities in Canada, the ICBH is a leading research and training space, based on excellence and interdisciplinarity, that will guide the efforts of federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal agencies to understand, reduce and eliminate racial health disparities.

Research Centre of the Future of Cities

Director: Vincent Mirza, Sociological and Anthropological Studies

The Centre offers a unique interdisciplinary research environment in Canada, to address the pressing challenges of the 21st century by tackling the relationship between the transformation of cities, the climate and social crisis, and the Anthropocene.

Research Institutes

Institute of the Environment (IE)

Director: Steward Elgie

The Institute of the Environment (IE) is the University’s hub for environmental sustainability-related research, teaching and other activities. The cross-cutting nature of environmental problems means that there is a critical need for innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. The institute is well positioned to bring together different academic fields and stakeholders, all playing a vital role in understanding environmental problems and developing solutions.

They have built a national profile in the area of environment and economy through our research and policy network, The Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI). SPI brings together business, policy and academic leaders to allow innovative ideas to inform policy development.

Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

Director: Marie-Josée Massicotte

The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies promotes interdisciplinary feminist education and research in a bilingual and multicultural setting. It offers innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and hosts a wide range of conferences and seminars every year.

Institute for Science, Society and Policy

Director : Monica Gattinger, School of Political Science

Science and technology continue to accelerate and change the world around us. Combined with the almost unimaginable opportunities for the future comes uncertainty on how society can adapt and how risks can be managed.

The Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), started in 2010, builds capacity on this topic through research, education, and outreach.

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