Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies

Centres and Institutes

UFV's research 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 inquire 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

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 for more information.

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. Philosophy for children is an inquiry-based pedagogy that uses facilitated group discussion on philosophical questions to help develop children’s critical, collaborative, creative, and caring thinking.

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.

UFV’s Community Health and Social Innovation Hub 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. Visit the Community and Social Innovation Hub online, or drop by room B164 on the Abbotsford Campus. 

The Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (EFCIE) is a new research hub at the University of the Fraser Valley, established through a generous endowment provided by the Esposito family.

EFCIE's activities include research, course development, and mentoring both students and local entrepreneurs. They also emphasize community outreach through events and projects that explore the interactions between technology, innovation, and society.

This connection between innovation and society is in fact a unique aspect of the Centre. The understanding that innovative technologies impact society and society in turn shapes technological progress guides the Centre's research.

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.

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. 

Founded in April 2020, the Peace and Reconciliation Centre (PARC) is the first-of-its-kind among British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions. The 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.

PARC is linked to many academic programs – Peace and Conflict Studies, Indigenous Studies, Global Development Studies, Criminology, and Social Work – in ways that support the Centre’s outreach and educational goals.

In collaboration with stakeholders, the Centre's dominant approach to date has been to research methods of constructive dialogue which support conflict transformation and reconciliation. The scale of conflict ranges from the nation-state to individuals, and across a vast breadth of collision sources including, but not limited to, domestic violence, access to resources, territory, ethnicity, faith, and colonialism. PARC supports research and engagement activities that focus on peace and reconciliation regardless of geographic, social, or temporal context.

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.

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