Centre for Social Research

Mission Statement

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

Associates of the Centre for Social Research


Marcella LaFever, PhD

Associate Professor, Communications

email Marcella

Satwinder Bains

Director, South Asian Studies Institute

email Satwinder

John Belec, PhD

Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment

email John

Len Garis, Fire Chief

Adjunct Professor at UFV

email Len

Gabriela Pechlaner, PhD

Associate Professor, Social, Cultural & Media Studies

email Gabriela

Michelle Riedlinger, PhD

Associate Professor, On Leave September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019


Abbotsford campus, D220

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4866

email Michelle

Scott Sheffield, PhD

Associate Professor, History

email Scott

Katherine Watson, PhD

Associate Professor, Social, Cultural & Media Studies

email Katherine
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