Additional interdisciplinary graduate study options at SFU:

Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies (INS)  


Today’s critical issues require creative and innovative approaches to knowledge-production and circulation. Interdisciplinarity is a longstanding element of Simon Fraser University’s mandate and history. Each of our eight faculties supports interdisciplinary work in different ways and interdisciplinary investigation goes on in many of SFU’s centres, institutes and programs. Following in that tradition, the Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies (INS) program is made to create pathways for students whose graduate studies (PhD, MA, MSc, MASc) engage at least two disciplines, operate between existing disciplinary boundaries, or forge new interdisciplinary connections. For such students, customizing their degree to fit the needs of their project with resources available across one or more faculties is often the best option. INS students are typically admitted with well-elaborated projects and dedicated multi-disciplinary committees. Their work is often at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Working with committee members in at least two different academic units, students follow an individual program tailored to their own interests and designed in consultation with an expert supervisory committee. All students with interdisciplinary graduate projects are eligible to apply. If you think this option might be right for you, please check out our find a supervisor link or contact us for more information.

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Working with and for Ancestors: Collaboration in the Care and Study of Ancestral Remains

Edited by SFU INS PhD student, Katherine Nichols; SFU Archaeology PhD student, Chelsea Meloche; and, SFU Archeology PhD graduate, Dr. Laure Spake, this book also contains chapters by several authors also associated with SFU, including Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, Dr. Hugo Cardoso, Dr. George Nicholas, Lia Tarle (PhD Candidate), Lucy Bell (INS PhD student), Eric Simons (MA 2017) and Alexa Walker (MA 2015).

From the Publishers
"Working with and for Ancestors examines collaborative partnerships that have developed around the study and care of Indigenous ancestral human remains. This volume will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience interested in collaborative research and management strategies that are aimed at developing mutually beneficial relationships between researchers and descendant communities. This includes students and researchers in archaeology, anthropology, museums studies and, Indigenous communities."

Visit Routledge for more information, Table of Contents and information about ordering.  

Alice Fleerackers, studying science communication as part of her PhD, provides a personal commentary on growing up in an anti-vaxxer family. Read about her story in the Globe and Mail here: 

The Globe and Mail

Also, read what Alice has to say regarding COVID risk communication, here: The Tyee

INS PhD student Lucy Bell's work on Indigenous repatriation has been featured recently:

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