Faculty from the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography are associated with a number of research centres on both campuses.
Wilfrid Laurier University research centres and groups
The International Migration Research Centre is a research centre whose mandate is to serve as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis, and proposal development related to international migration and mobility at the global, national and regional scale.
The Centre aims to stimulate research on new and dynamic issues facing Europe in the 21st century. It is intended to be multi-disciplinary, with areas of research that include monetary policy in the Euro area and elsewhere in the 21st century, European integration, regional development, external linkages, trade and political expansions as well as other overarching socio-economic concerns.
The Laurier Institute for Water Science (IWS) is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative undertaking among research faculty in the Faculty of Arts, the School of Business and Economics, and the Faculty of Science. The focus of the institute is on research in three interconnected water-related disciplines: Hydrological Sciences, Ecological and Biogeochemical Sciences, and Public Policy and Management. The institute addresses water issues central to Canadians and the global community, including: effects of changing climate on water resources; sustainability of healthy aquatic and coastal ecosystems; and the development of regulations and policy related to water use.
The Cold Regions Research Centre focuses on cold regions (mountain & northern) research, consulting on topics such as hydrology, climatology, glaciology, resource management, parks planning & biogeochemistry.
University of Waterloo research centres and groups
Environmental degradation is destroying ecosystems and pushing species to the point of extinction at an accelerating rate. To address this growing crisis and to ensure a healthy environment for future generations, researchers in the Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (ERA) at the University of Waterloo are working to repair damaged ecosystems, conserve rare habitats, and protect species-at-risk.
The Heritage Resources Centre was established by Professor Gordon Nelson, in cooperation with Parks Canada, in order to promote a better understanding of natural and human heritage for the improvement of planning management, public policy through research education, and extension work.
The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) seeks to advance research on climate change through an interdisciplinary approach; understanding the physical basis of climate change, its impacts on biophysical and human systems, and adaptation and mitigation strategies in response to changes.
Through collaboration among individuals engaged in water science, technology, management, and governance, the Water Institute is an interdisciplinary hub that facilitates innovative research, education, and training. The Institute's activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale.