Research, Centres, Projects, Labs and Conferences

Digital Democracies Conference

To be announced.

Faculty: Wendy Chun


Media Democracy Day

Since 2001, The Media Democracy Project works hard to create a significant presence for noncommercial media in Canada. Our small team brings diverse communities together with leading media makers, activists, and scholars to discuss the relationship between media and democracy.

Faculty: Stuart Poyntz, Bob Hackett


Centre for Policy Research on Science & Technology

The Centre for Policy Research on Science & Technology (CPROST) engages in research on the relationship between public policy and technology. The Centre brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in science and technology, their implemetation in the marketplace, and their impacts on community and individual interests. Several CMNS faculty members are members of CPROST.

Faculty: Richard Smith

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Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing

Founded in 1987, Simon Fraser University’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (CCSP) is a University/industry initiative dedicated to the development of publishing in Canada and internationally. Its special focus is on books, magazines and electronic media. The School’s connection to this centre is through the Director, Dr Rowland Lorimer, a CMNS faculty member. The Centre itself is in the Faculty of Arts.


Sonic Research Studio

The Sonic Research Studio is the home of the World Soundscape Project (WSP)-an educational and research group established at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Faculty: Milena Droumeva, Barry Traux, David Murphy


GeNa Lab

The GeNA Lab investigates the development, adoption, and social impact of communication, blockchain, and big data. We also work with industry partners building next generation communication technologies in health and genomics, social media, blockchain, and big data. 

Faculty: Peter Chow-White



Created in 1997, the Assessment of Technology in Context Design Lab (ATIC-DL) is a research facility specializing in research related to the human dimensions of technological change. The ATIC-DL’s research work is based on the philosophy that technological systems are more than simply machines, and in order for technology to work properly, a wide range of issues related to how people do their work must be considered. Projects use qualitative research and participatory design methods to improve technology design.

Faculty: Ellen Balka



The Applied Communication and Technology Laboratory (ACT Lab) is engaged in research on the intersection between communication technology and cultural creation. It brings together graduate students, practitioners and researchers to study a wide variety of applications of advanced technology to education, community, entertainment, and the arts.

Faculty: Andrew Feenberg


Telematics Research Lab (TRL) and its PolyLAB for Advanced Collaborative Networking Unit

For over two and a half decades the Telematics Research Lab (TRL) and its PolyLAB for Advanced Collaborative Networking Unit have been engaged in the design and development of advanced next-generation disaster resilient communication systems to address the need for transportable, integrated, computing and communications solutions to support mission critical operations, ranging from emergency response through to human and robotic space exploration.

Faculty: Peter Anderson, Stephen Braham

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Critical Ethnography and Digital Heritage Initiative

The Critical Ethnography and Digital Heritage Initiative (CEDHI) is dedicated to designing innovative methods for safeguarding cultural heritage resources using digital technologies. With dedicated laboratory space with the School of Communication at SFU’s Burnaby campus, the CEDHI will respond to the urgent need for new strategies to document, preserve and control access to cultural heritage resources in art worlds and Indigenous communities. 

Faculty: Jan Marontate


Global Media Monitoring and Analysis Lab

The Global Media Monitoring and Analysis Lab is a unique and state of the art research facility for critical media analysis and assessment in a digitalized and globalized media environment.


Media Analysis Lab

The Media Analysis Lab provides a creative environment for learning about, analyzing and researching the role of mediated social communication. Its mandate is to generate a synergy between the critical analysis of media and their application in democratic public communication, particularly in the areas of education, advocacy and community development.


Public Safety Deployable

The Field Operational Test Facility for Next-Generation Interoperable Mission-Critical Communications Project addresses the need for a detailed in-field testing capability to validate systems necessary to meet operational requirements of deployed next-generation mobile Public Safety Broadband Networking (PSBN) systems for emergency responders, especially in rural and remote regions.


Action ADE

Every year, two million Canadians go to the emergency department because of the harmful and unintended consequences of their medications. The Action ADE research project brings together health care professionals, government officials, academic researchers and patients to design and implement the tools we need to prevent adverse drug events.

Faculty: Ellen Balka


Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities

The Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities (CPCC) grew out of a multi-year project teaching cultural policy at SFU in partnership with local arts and community groups. From 2005–2008, SFU, in partnership with the Creative City Network of Canada, conducted a cross-Canada review of the state of Canadian built cultural infrastructure, assembling a Center for Expertise on Culture and Communities with a separate advisory board of notable cultural scholars. In 2008, SFU’s Senate approved the permanent Centre, renaming it the Center for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities.


Media Saturated World: Helping Kids Reduce The Risk

The goals of this project are to help make our children’s lives safer and healthier by reducing the risks associated with TV watching, Internet use and playing with video games. The project was coordinated by the Media Analysis Lab at Simon Fraser University in partnership with the North Vancouver Parents Advisory Council and the North Vancouver District Board of Education. Funding for this pilot project has been provided by the Ministry of Justice Canada.


NewsWatch Canada

NewsWatch Canada undertakes independent research on the diversity and thoroughness of news coverage in Canada’s media, with a focus on identifying blindspots and double-standards. 

Faculty: Robert Hackett, Shane Gunster


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