Research Groups

UBC is a hive of sustainability-related research, much of which transcends the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines. Many of the research units in the list below are interdisciplinary by nature, while others focus on very specific areas.

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(Last updated February 2, 2017)

Research Unit

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Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit
Aboriginal Mineral Resource Centre
Africa Forests Research Initiative on Conservation and Development (AFRICAD)
Animal Welfare Program
Biodiversity Research Centre
Biometeorology and Soil Physics Group (BIOMET)
Bridge Program
Centre for Interactive Research in Sustainability (CIRS)
Centre for Applied Conservation Research
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Centre for Human Settlements
Centre for Law and the Environment
Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy Research and Innovation
Clean Energy Research Centre
Climate Change and Security Project
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning
Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS)
Cycling in Cities
Dr. John S. Richardson - Stream and Riparian Research Laboratory
Fisheries Centre
Fisheries Economics Research Unit
Food and Resource Economics Group
Forests and Communities in Transition (FACT)
Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Centre
Greenskins Lab
Health & Community Design Lab
Human Nutrition Group
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Institute of Asian Research
Liu Institute for Global Issues
Marine Mammal Research Unit
Michael Smith Laboratories
Okanagan Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)
Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory
Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries (PERF)
Program on Water Governance
Project Seahorse
Pulp and Paper Centre (PPC)
School of Community and Regional Planning
Sea Around Us Project
Soil, Water & Sustainability Group
Sustainable Building Science Program
Sustainable Forest Management Research Group
The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
UBC Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research (CAER)
UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability
UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopedic Program
W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics