Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies

Centres and Institutes

UFV centres and institutes 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.

For more information and updates on the Centres and Institutes, please see the UFV Centres and Institutes Report 2018-2019.

 

Faculty and staff please see UFV Centres & Institutes Proposal Template for propsals to be submitted to the Research Office at REGS@ufv.ca.

The University of the Fraser Valley has launched a dynamic and essential research institute that will advance B.C.’s agricultural economy and promote a sustainable and prosperous food culture.

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

The FAI will integrate an applied interdisciplinary approach in the areas of agri-tech innovation, farmland utilization, the future of food, new and emerging crops, global food security, agri-tourism, and value-added activities in the supply chain from farm to table.

Dr. Lenore Newman, UFV’s Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment, is the director of the FAI. Her academic career as a culinary geographer has included fieldwork around the globe in the study of public markets, regional cuisines, farmland preservation, global food security, and the ecology of the world’s food system.


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 B.C. Visit the South Asian Studies Institute online or drop by room F125 (University House) in Abbotsford.


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 A1365 in Chilliwack.


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 (GDI) 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.


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

Visit the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research online or drop by room A202 in Abbotsford.


The Centre for Social Research (CSR) undertakes research that contributes to an understanding of local, regional, and international issues. The Centre is founded on the principles of social justice, emphasizing community relevance and evidence-based policy initiatives that create positive social change. The Centre provides a forum for interdisciplinary research; digital humanities collaborations; collegial discussions; a stimulating environment for training/mentoring students, and is responsible for the development, maintenance and strengthening of linkages that inform and contribute to a greater understanding of communities and society.

Researchers connected to the Centre for Social Research highlight areas including:

  • Community, regional and global development
  • Health, safety, and security
  • Decolonization and reconciliation
  • Environmental justice
  • Public policy and planning


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 visiting colleagues from other universities, and UFV graduate and undergraduate students. The laboratory also undertakes limited contract work. 


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