Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.38
Liaison Jennifer Martel
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of the Fraser Valley
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

UFV has sustainability woven throughout the curriculum in many academic programs. Most of these programs have an honours thesis or the opportunity for research-driven Directed Studies courses. Some of the obvious programs with sustainability research embedded in the curriculum are Geography, Environmental Studies, Biology, Agriculture, and Global Development Studies. Other programs also have opportunities for sustainability research that flows from specific courses on sustainability in Business, Sociology, Integrated Studies, Communications, and Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition, the Research Office provides up to $1500 (per project) for student-led research projects, and some of these projects are focused on sustainability.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

UFV does not have such a program, but UFV does have research centres that focus on sustainability in its many forms. These centres encourage faculty and students to take interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems. Examples include the Food and Agriculture Institute; the Peace and Reconciliation Centre and Faculty Associate Dr. Laure Lolehawk Buker’s work on the PARC Community of Practice that focuses on Indigenous Ecological Justice and Land-based Learning; the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides funding to students supervised by faculty on projects that include sustainability research; the Centre for Global Development; and the Community Health and Social Innovation (CHASI) Hub. The Research Office provides support in the form of funding, administrative support and event coordination.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The UFV library has extensive holdings on topics of sustainability in both books, films, and access to journal databases. The Library also has a Lib Guide on Sustainability.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:

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