Genuine research enables curiosity, expands our vision and inspires solutions to the challenges we face. 

The Faculty of Environment studies the complex relationships between humans and their built and natural environments from the past to the present.  We also tackle the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social with an aim to make positive impacts locally and globally.

Check out how we advance research in the specialized areas listed below in our departments and centres.


Ranked 1st in Canada for QS Rankings on citations per paper and H-Index citations

  • Archaeological Science
  • Ceramic Analysis
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Evolutionary Archaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Lithic Analysis
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Zooarchaeology

Environmental Science

Among Maclean's Top 10 Best Environmental Science Universities in Canada 

  • Anthropogenic Stressors on At-Risk Species
  • Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation
  • Earth System Science & Carbon Cycling
  • Ecogeomorphology, Wildfires & Watersheds
  • Ecosystem Functioning & Community Ecology
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Environmental Science & Ecological Restoration
  • Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology
  • River Geomorphology & Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Sedimentology
  • Soil Science 

Resource and Environmental Management

  • Avalanche Research
  • Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE)
  • Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation (CMEC)
  • Energy & Materials (EMRG)
  • Environment & Development
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Forest Ecology & Management
  • Indigenous Research & Partnerships
  • Quantitative Fisheries
  • Salmon Watersheds
  • Sustainable Community Development (SCD)


SFU Geography named One of Maclean's Standout Programs

  • Environmental & Atmospheric Science
  • Geomorphology & Hydrology
  • Health Geography
  • Place & Development
  • Power, Politics, Policy
  • Social Theory
  • Society & Environment
  • Soil Science & Ecology
  • Spatial Information Science
  • Urban Spaces

Centre for Sustainable Development

The Centre for Sustainable Development develops practical, effective solutions for environmental, social and economic challenges to advancing sustainable development.

Cooperative Resource Management Institute

The Cooperative Resource Management Institute facilitates collaborative research and professional development projects with governmental and nongovernmental natural resource management agencies.

Centre for Forensic Research

The Centre for Forensic Research is a joint venture between Archaeology and Criminology and forensic researchers from other areas.  It is the focal point for world class research on a range of forensic science topics, notably homicides and animal cruelty.

Sustainable Transportation Research Action Team

START is an interdisciplinary research collaborative that identifies sustainable transportation solutions by combining economic, engineering, marketing, policy and psychology.