Research is a learning activity that enlarges our understanding of the world and addresses the many challenges facing our generation. Our faculty are committed to conducting outstanding research that serves the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

There are numerous opportunities for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates to be involved in a variety research projects and collaborations.

Collaborative Research

Multidisciplinary research is essential to understanding the interconnected and complex issues we face today. Our researchers work together, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, and both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in these collaborations.

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Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs and Endowed Chairs help to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. These chairholders aim to achieve research excellence and to train the next generation of skilled researchers.

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Information for Faculty

Funding opportunities and grant submission procedures for faculty.

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Information for Students

Research information and funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

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Research in our departments



The effect of global climate change on natural and managed ecosystems, emerging infectious diseases, food security, species extinctions — these are all critical current global problems being tackled by our faculty and students.



Our research spans many traditional and emerging disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, with noteworthy focuses on chemical biology and biophysics, metal-directed catalysis, natural products, metabolomics, computational chemistry, and biochemical structure and mechanism.


Community, Culture & Global Studies

We are involved in a diversity of social science and humanities research, employing qualitative, feminist, digital, narrative, ethnographic, Indigenous, community-engaged, and multimodal methodologies.


Computer Science, Math, Physics & Statistics

Our faculty members and students are working on research projects that lead to new knowledge, new technology, and new ways of doing things. Their work is changing our world.


Earth, Environmental & Geographic Sciences

We seek to positively impact global society through research and training in earth, environmental and geographic sciences in areas that include water resources, mineral exploration, tectonics, natural hazards, global change, and sustainability.


Economics, Philosophy & Political Science

Learn more about research in the Economics, Philosophy & Political Science department.


History & Sociology

Our research projects engage with local and global issues, ranging from human rights to cybersecurity, and the impact of migration. Join us in thinking actively about how to shape the world in which we live.



Our faculty members and graduate students are working on exciting research projects that are making a difference, locally and around the world.

Contact Information

Irving K. Barber School

John Klironomos
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Advisor to the Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Julie Martin
Assistant to the Associate Dean of Research, Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies

Office of Research Services

Kristen Korberg
Associate Director, ORS

Derek Gratz
VP Research, University Industry Liaison Office