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Western Canadian Universities Marine Biological Station (Bamfield)

Director: Dr. A.N. Spencer, (250) 728-3301 Tel, (250) 7283452 Fax

The Western Canadian Universities Marine Biological Society was founded in 1969 with the objective of operating a major research and teaching facility in coastal biology. The Bamfield Marine Station offers year round research facilities that enable resident and visiting scientists and students (MSc and PhD) to develop a range of research programs. Courses that lead to academic credit for undergraduate and graduate degree programs at member universities are given at the station. The station also runs a public education program from September through April.

Behavioural Ecology Research Group

Director: Dr. L.M. Dill, 778.782 3664 Tel

The Behavioural Ecology Research Group was formally established in 1989, to pursue basic research in the field of behavioural ecology; to maintain and further develop an internationally recognized training centre for students in behavioural ecology, and related areas of inquiry; and to provide a service to government, industry and other organizations, so that basic and applied problems in behavioral ecology can be tackled through collaborative research. Members are drawn from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Psychology and Archaeology.

W.J. VanDusen BC Business Studies Institute

Director: Dr. E. Love, 778.782 4183 Tel, 778.782 5833 Fax

Established to focus research efforts on the issues of particular relevance to corporations and government agencies in BC, the institute brings the expertise and research acumen of the Faculty of Business Administration to the Harbour Centre campus where faculty and business executives can have greater and more direct opportunities to work together. The institute sponsors lectures and has an executive-in-residence program to bring business leaders into the University's classrooms.

Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing

Director: Dr. R.M. Lorimer, 778.782 5240 Tel, 778.782 5239 Fax

The Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing was established in 1987 to pursue the study of publishing and to serve the research and the information needs of the publishing industry. The centre engages in basic research into the history, social history, management and the policy issues related to the industry. Projects are both initiated by the centre and undertaken under contract to government and industry. The research work of the centre involves faculty, graduate students and independent researchers from a variety of disciplines. The centre published monographs and reports on the theory and practise of publishing and sponsors seminars, conferences and short courses.

Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies

Director: Dr. P.L. Brantingham, 778.782 3515 Tel, 778.782 4140 Fax

The institute furthers multidisciplinary research on urban issues. Specifically its objectives are to provide a focus for research about urban problems and issues in Canada; to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and research; to provide an institutional focus for international scholarship concerning urban problems; to provide a facility in which data for the study of urban problems can be collected, catalogued, and made readily accessible through modern data management; to provide a facility in which research and techniques are available to those having a responsibility for policy.

Centre d'études Francophones Québec-Pacifique

Director: Dr. G. Poirier, 778.782 3544, 778.782 5932

This is a research and documentation centre. documentation centre. Its mandate includes the gathering and disseminating of information relating to French literatures, cultures and language of the Pacific region, as well as interdisciplinary research in literature, sociolinguistics, cinema and culture. The Centre supports and sponsors conferences, colloquia and visiting speakers. As the only research centre of its kind west of the Rockies, the activities and programs of the centre focus on the distinct culture of French speakers of British Columbia and the Pacific Rim. In addition, the centre acts as a liaison between the Centre d'études québecoises (CETUQ) of the University of Montreal and the Pacific Region.

Chemical Ecology Research Group

Director: Dr. J.H. Borden, 778.782 3646 Tel

This research group was established in 1981 to provide an international graduate training centre in chemical ecology; to offer a service to government and industry; to isolate, identify and synthesize semiochemicals; and to apply research results to semiochemicals.

Community Economic Development Centre

Director: Dr. M. Roseland, 778.782 4161 Tel

Community economic development is a process by which communities can initiate and generate their own solutions for their common economic problems and thereby build long term community capacity and foster the integration of economic, social and environmental objectives. The goal of the centre is to encourage accountable, sustainable and appropriate community economic development (CED) in British Columbia. The centre provides research, training and advisory services to the CED sector in BC through a team of associates drawn from the University and CED practice. It is actively involved in community based projects throughout the province and offers a post baccalaureate diploma in community economic development, which is also available by distance education.

Co-operative Resource Management Institute

Director: R. Peterman, 778.782 4683 Tel, 778.782 4968 Fax

This institute is a unit on the Burnaby Mountain campus of Simon Fraser University that houses personnel from natural resource management agencies. The Institute can facilitate solutions to difficult multidisciplinary issues in resource management by providing an environment where personnel from different management agencies such as forestry, fisheries, and wildlife can work side-by-side along with SFU faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates on a daily basis. The university benefits from greater concentration of expertise in resource management on campus and from new opportunities for multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs.

International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy

Executive Director: D.C. Préfontaine QC, (604) 8229875 Tel, (604) 822-9317 Fax

This International Centre, established in 1991 in Vancouver, BC, is a joint initiative of Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. The centre is housed at the University of British Columbia. The International Centre has been established to encourage research initiatives in areas of trans-national crime or comparative criminal justice policy; to contribute to graduate programming in international criminal law and international criminal justice; to promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights in criminal law and the administration of justice in both the domestic and international arenas, and through these activities to contribute to the international criminal law and criminal justice agenda through the United Nations and other related agencies. The International Centre is an affiliated institute of the United Nations.

Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy

Director: Dr. M.A. Jackson, 778.782 4040 Tel, 778.782 4140 Fax

The Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy was established with the initial support of the Donner Canadian Foundation in 1980. The purpose of the institute is to contribute to the examination of criminal justice policy by providing a setting in which academics, justice system personnel and members of the community can assemble to apply scholarly research to policy development and analysis. The institute undertakes projects on its own initiative as well as under contract.

Criminology Research Centre

Director: Dr. W. Glackman, 778.782 4041/4127 Tel, 778.782 4140 Fax

The Criminology Research Centre was established in 1978 to facilitate criminological research by faculty and graduate students. Funds to establish and maintain the centre are provided by grants and contracts from provincial, federal and private sources. The centre publishes occasional working papers based on reports and other manuscripts generated by the various research projects, and also maintains a modest library for the use of faculty and students.

Centre for Education, Law and Society

Director: Dr. W. Cassidy, 778.782 4484 Tel

The Centre for Education, Law and Society was established in 1984 and given formal approval by the board of governors in 1994. Its central purpose is to improve the legal literacy of youth and adults through teaching, program and curriculum development and research. Projects range from the use of mock trials as teaching to the development of an interactive web site for social studies teachers. Among its goals are curriculum development across subject areas and grades and research into school culture. Four undergraduate courses and one graduate course are offered in law related education through the Faculty of Education. Three of the undergraduate courses are also available through the Centre for Distance Education. The centre attracts a number of graduate students interested in school law, curriculum and youth justice issues.

Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics

Director: Dr. J. Borwein, 778.782 5617/3070 Tel, 778.782 4947/5614 Fax

The centre is intended to further research and graduate education in computation in the mathematical sciences.

The centre's activities may include the following: provision of post doctoral fellowships in areas related to experimental and constructive mathematics; sponsorship of regular short-term and long term research visitors to the centre; organization of regular colloquia and occasional conferences on advances in experimental and constructive mathematics; participation in the training of graduate students in experimental and constructive mathematics; establishment, development and maintenance of accessible software archives; provision of tutorial assistance for faculty and graduate students at Simon Fraser University in the use of symbolic languages, of the centre's software, and of other high level mathematical tools; establishment of a related algorithmic consulting service for individuals within and without the University community; collaboration with similar centres and appropriate individuals at other Canadian and foreign universities. Such collaboration may include co-sponsorship of speakers, conferences and visitors, joint application for external research funds, exchange of software and expertise, establishment of a Canadian mathematical computation network.

Subject to the approval of the director, the centre's membership will be open to Simon Fraser University faculty, post doctoral and graduate students actively involved in mathematical computing. Associate membership will be available to faculty at other universities.

Institute of Fisheries Analysis

Director: Dr. R. Brown, 778.782 3060 Tel, 778.782 5716 Fax

Established in 1980, the institute promotes research and study of a broad range of questions, and accommodates visiting scholars, concerned with fisheries. Areas of interest include the basic biology, ecology and population dynamics of exploitable fish stocks, the bio-economic and socio-political framework of fisheries regulation and management, the socio-economic well-being of fishing communities, industrial and commercial developments related to fisheries, and the political economy of the fishing industry. The institute encourages interdisciplinary team research among its members, and maintains a fisheries research papers series. Where appropriate, it will administer members' research projects and undertake contract research, utilizing the services of its members as research principals.

Feminist Institute for Studies on Law and Society

Co-directors: Dr. D. Chunn, 778.782 4761 Tel, Dr. W. Chan, 778.782 4469 Tel

The institute was established in 1990 to facilitate and continue the development of feminist analyses on law and society at Simon Fraser University. It is designed to provide an environment for creative interaction among scholars and community representatives who are involved in its work locally, nationally and internationally, and to bridge gaps between legal and social science research.

Gerontology Research Centre

Director: Dr. G. Gutman, 778.782 5062 Tel, 778.782 5066 Fax

Established in 1982, the Gerontology Research Centre promotes and conducts research on topics relating to aging and the aged, serves as a clearing house for information and provides consultation and technical assistance to the academic community, government, public and private organizations. The centre houses a specialized collection of research materials, maintains an active publications program, organizes workshops and conferences, and is a contributing member of two inter-university research consortia. Research activities focus on applied gerontology with concentrations in: aging and the built environment; health promotion and population health; prevention of victimization and exploitation of the elderly; older adult education; and changing demography and lifestyles. The associated gerontology program offers a post baccalaureate diploma in gerontology, a minor and a master of arts degree.

Institute of Governance Studies

Director: P.J. Smith, (604) 4994 Tel, 778.782 4786 Fax, igs@sfu.ca

The institute is intended to further research on governance issues. Specifically its objectives include: (1) to provide a focus for research on issues and problems of governance - in Canada, at the municipal, regional/metropolitan, provincial and federal levels, in comparative domestic systems and in the newly emerging global order (2) to promote collaboration and research on issues of governance among scholars in a variety of disciplines located at Simon Fraser University (3) to promote an institutional focus for international scholarship concerning issues of governance (4) to provide a forum within the Vancouver metropolis, British Columbia and Canada for the presentation and dissemination of research and ideas on issues of governance (5) to provide a facility in which data for the study of contemporary governance and related public policy can be collected, catalogued and made readily accessible through data management and exchange (6) to provide a facility in which research and techniques can be made available for exchange with those having responsibility for contemporary governance.

Centre for the Study of Government and Business

Co-directors: Prof T. Ross, (604) 822-8478 Tel, Dr. A.R. Vining, 778.782 5249 Tel, 778.782 5122 Fax, http://csgb.ubc.ca

The primary focus of the Simon Fraser University/University of British Columbia Centre for the Study of Government and Business will be on academic research. The initial three primary program areas are: privatization and contracting out in the public sector; competition policy and regulation of business; efficiency, effectiveness and productivity in government. Other areas of focus will also be developed. In addition to academic research carried by both business faculties and scholars in related disciplines in both universities, the centre also engages in conferences, seminars, workshops and a visiting scholar program.

Institute for the Humanities

Director: Dr. J. Zaslove, 778.782 4868 Tel, 778.782 5788 Fax

This institute provides various means to support and develop humanities programs and Humanities concepts which are in existence throughout the University. The institute is devoted to the exploration and dissemination of knowledge about traditional and modern approaches to the humanities, and is dedicated to the exploration of critical perspectives that relate social concerns to the cultural and historical legacy of the humanities. The institute initiates and plans interdisciplinary programs, conferences, seminars, research, publications and courses in a range of interrelated fields in the humanities and social sciences. The audience for these activities will be found in the University and the community. The institute and the humanities minor program are affiliated. A complete outline of the institute's current projects is available through the office of the director.

Centre for Innovation in Management

Director: Dr. E. Love, 778.782 4183 Tel, 778.782 5833 Fax

The Centre for Innovation in Management serves as a leading edge source of ideas and learning opportunities for business leaders and academics in North America in the area of stakeholder responsive and responsible management.

The centre conducts research aimed at understanding when, how and why a stakeholder orientation leads to business success and at the same time supports sustainable communities. It creates opportunities for dialogue and learning for business leaders, managers and academics on emerging ideas about stakeholder-oriented management and stimulates new thinking about the social and economic impact of stakeholder-oriented management through the collection, synthesis, publication and dissemination of cross-disciplinary research and best practise case studies.

Centre for Labour Studies

Director: Dr. T. Nesbit, 778.782 4177 Tel, 778.782 3851 Fax

The Centre for Labour Studies promotes the study and understanding of labour, working people, and their organizations from a comprehensive social, cultural, historical, political and economic perspective. The centre aims to provide a range of taught courses and programs (both credit and non-credit), offer research opportunities and assistance to both Simon Fraser University students and provincial labor organizations, and create mutually supportive and beneficial links between the academic and labour communities.

David Lam Centre for International Communication

Director: Dr. J.W. Walls, 778.782 5021 Tel, 778.782 5112 Fax

This interdisciplinary centre, which began operation in 1989, integrates university, government, professional and business resources for education, training, research and development activities. Its focus is on international, intercultural, and interlingual communication with a special emphasis on the people and institutions of the Pacific Rim. Programs include international communication research and development projects, Chinese and Japanese culture and communication courses and workshops, cross-cultural management and communication courses, and the Pacific region forum on business and management communication.

Logic and Functional Programming Group

Director: Dr. V. Dahl, 778.782 3426/3372 Tel, 778.782 3045 Fax

This group was established in 1990 to facilitate research on using declarative programming tools (in particular logic programming, functional programming, constraint logic programming and logic grammars) to investigate the theoretical and practical aspects of developing fifth generation computing software. It is a strongly interdisciplinary group comprising members from several SFU units (Computing Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Centre for Systems Science, Engineering Science) and two University of British Columbia units (Linguistics and Computing Sciences), from the University of Victoria, and from the University of Dallas. Members' interests include logic and functional programming theory and tools, natural language processing, linguistic theory automation, deductive data bases, knowledge representation, hardware design, expert systems, robotics, distributed processing, mobile code and virtual worlds.

Mental Health, Law and Policy Institute

Director: Dr. R. Roesch, 778.782 3370 Tel, 778.782 3427 Fax

This institute was established in 1991 to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in research and training in areas related to mental health, law and policy. Its membership is drawn from the Department of Psychology and the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University as well as government and community agencies. The institute has received federal and provincial grants for a variety of research projects in the area of mental health and law, and also sponsors lectures and workshops.

Institute of Micromachine and Microfabrication Research

Director: Dr. A.M. Parameswaran, 778.782 4971 Tel, 778.782 4951 Fax

The institute will stimulate, encourage and enhance micromachining and microfabrication research by providing a focus and resource base for collaborative and multidisciplinary research leading to new processes and new devices of benefit across a wide array of disciplines.

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

Director: Dr. P. Borwein, 778.782 4376 Tel, (604) 268-6657 Fax

This institute is a collaborative effort established in 1996 by scientists from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, with affiliations to the University of Northern British Columbia and Lethbridge University.

Its mandate is to promote research in the mathematical sciences, education and public awareness regarding mathematics, and collaboration between the academic, industrial and government sectors involving the mathematical sciences.

Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology

Director: R. Smith, 778.782 5116 Tel, 778.782 5165 Fax

This centre was established in 1988. CPROST's primary research focus is the relationship between public policy and management of technology. The centre brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in science and technology, their implementation in the marketplace, and the consequent impact on community and individual interests.

Centre for Restorative Justice

Co-directors: Dr. R.M. Gordon, 778.782 4305 Tel, Dr. E. Elliott, 778.782 4730 Tel, 778.782 4140 Fax

The Centre for Restorative Justice was established in 2001 to provide a number of services and initiatives related to the field of restorative and transformative justice. The centre, which is housed in the School of Criminology, conducts research on restorative justice programs and practices and acts as a research clearing house. The centre also organizes and conducts training courses in aspects of restorative and transformative justice, as well as credit courses at the introductory and advanced levels. The centre organizes conferences including the annual Ron Wiebe Memorial Lecture and Dialogue on Restorative Justice. The centre has developed strong ties with the Correctional Service of Canada, the BC Ministry of the Attorney-General, and non-government organizations involved in the restorative justice and community justice fields.

Centre for Scientific Computing

Director: Dr. R. Russell, 778.782 4819 Tel, 778.782 4947 Fax

Motivated by the expanding role played by scientific computation and mathematical modeling in science and engineering, the Centre for Scientific Computing was formed to bring together interdisciplinary research teams from the various faculties at Simon Fraser University. The major purpose of the centre is to provide SFU with a visible focus for computational research both on the campus and in the wider Pacific Rim research community. Specifically, the centre's goals are to facilitate discussion between scientific computing research groups (through seminars, workshops and conferences), to provide advanced instruction in computational techniques and applications (through graduate and postdoctoral programs), and to actively pursue joint research ventures with industry, government and laboratories.

Centre for Scottish Studies

Director: Dr. S. Duguid, 778.782 5515, 778.782 4504 Fax

The activities and programs of the centre promote teaching, research and community programming in the field of Scottish studies. The centre supports and initiates research, publications, non-credit and credit instruction, colloquia, conferences, visiting speakers and international relationships. In the pursuit of these objectives, the centre provides support to existing individual, departmental and cross-departmental activities at SFU in the area of Scottish studies.

Research Institute on Southeastern Europe

Director: Dr. A. Gerolymatos, 778.782 5597 Tel, 778.782 5837 Fax

The goals of this research institute will be to shed light on the problems of the region, both in terms of its historical and contemporary context. Among the research themes that will be addressed are questions of regional co-operation, defense and security, historical background, as well as various soci-economic and political issues that have challenged the status quo of the states in the region.

The objective of the institute is to promote an understanding of, and co-operation with, the countries and peoples of southeastern Europe. To that end, the institute will focus on a variety of initiatives including research projects, conferences, publications, community information programs, faculty exchanges and other forms of information sharing.

Centre for Systems Science

Director: Dr. S. Atkins, 778.782 4588 Tel, 778.782 4424 Fax

The Centre for Systems Science (CSS) is a multidisciplinary research institute which supports specialized research areas and advanced educational programs in related disciplines which promise to offer particular support for the development of sophisticated industry for British Columbia. CSS fosters basic and applied research within its three research groups: intelligent systems (artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive science, neural networks, expert systems, graphics and animation, etc.), microelectronics (surface science, VLSI design and test, quickchip), and computer and communications (subsea communications, mobile communications, communications policy, algorithms, distributed computing, information systems, signal processing, applications, etc.). CSS encourages associations across departmental boundaries to stimulate interest and knowledge of systems science and help attract a significant level of research funding. The centre represents the British Columbia Advanced Systems Institute at Simon Fraser University and collaborates with other research units at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and with BC industry and government sectors.

Institute for Studies in Teacher Education

Co-directors: P. Grimmett, 778.782 4937, 778.782 3203 Fax, Dr. M.F. Wideen

The general aim of the institute is to promote and carry out research in the area of teacher education. It also seeks to develop collaborative links with groups within and outside the university community.

Centre for Tourism Policy and Research

Director: Dr. P.W. Williams, 778.782 3103 Tel, 778.782 4968 Fax

This centre, established in 1989, provides leadership in developing and delivering research and professional education in the management of tourism. The centre provides a fixed point for graduate studies and professional development with a distinctively integrated resource and business management orientation, and it also encourages and conducts policy, planning and management orientation, as well as encourages and conducts policy, planning and management research to enhance the sustained use of the tourism resource base.

Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF)

Director: Dr. A. Astbury, (604) 222-1047 ext. 6258 Tel

Contacts: Dr. W. Davidson, 778.782 3771 Tel, Dr. C.H.W. Jones, 778.782 3583 Tel, Dr. R.G. Korteling, 778.782 3532 Tel

TRIUMF is Canada's national meson facility and a laboratory of world class standing. The facility is based on a 500 Me V H ion accelerator which provides intense beams of subatomic particles for use in a wide range of research projects in nuclear and elementary particle physics.



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