Research

With over 400 faculty investigating sustainability, our goal is to excel across the spectrum of fundamental and applied research. And our research advances interdisciplinary and cross-cutting methods, linking research to action both on-and-off campus.

With over 400 faculty investigating sustainability-related topics at UBC, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve curated a list of researchers with expertise across a wide range of disciplines.

The Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility produces renewable energy for UBC’s campus using wood waste biomass. This helps reduce UBC’s GHG emissions and supports research projects on innovative clean energy systems.
Research collections
UBC’s Brock Commons Tallwood House is one of a growing number of mass-timber buildings around the world. Our Tallwood House takes advantage of new engineered wood products and construction techniques to showcase more sustainable building practices.
Research collections

UBC operates multiple centres of excellence and interdisciplinary research groups in order to address complex sustainability issues at different scales, and respond to critical community needs. Explore the research groups hosted at our Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, and find out more about the campus as a living lab themes we’re exploring. 

Explore our research collections

UBC’s sustainability research collections highlight our commitment to transform the entire campus into a living laboratory, and to engage our faculty and students in innovative and applied research to improve our communities, region and world.

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), located at UBC Farm, is a unique research centre that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future.

For more information: http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/

Applied Science
Nursing
Social determinants and processes of child development. Public health efforts at identification, intervention and the prevention of developmental problems.
Applied Science
Engineering
Demand side management in smart grid; PHEV charging and vehicle-to-grid systems; Control and management of microgrids.
Opportunities
The UBC Sustainability Scholars Program is an innovative paid internship program. We match UBC graduate students with on- and off-campus sustainability partners to work on applied research projects that advance sustainability in the region.
The Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Program creates partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community partners to learn together through research projects that are tested on campus, and applied in real-world settings.
The Interdisciplinary Education Grants program provides funding for small teams of UBC Vancouver faculty members to design interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum. Join your peers to innovate and enrich sustainability learning across UBC.

Research-based graduate programs are thesis-based and can include an M.Sc., M.A., or PhD. Follow your interests, and add to the growing body of sustainability-related research.