Research affiliations

Faculty from the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography are associated with a number of research centres on both campuses.

University of Waterloo

Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation

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.

Heritage Resources Centre

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.

Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change

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.

Water Institute

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.


Wilfrid Laurier University

Cold Regions Research Centre

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.

International Migration Research Centre

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.

MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute

The Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Modelling in Scientific Discovery, Innovation and Sustainability (MS2Discovery) strives to create a dynamic and engaging environment that is highly conducive to interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and communication. Having a broad and pervasive involvement in both research and education, the Institute is active in its promotion of synergetic developments involving mathematical and statistical modelling by stimulating exciting new research and projects via important interdisciplinary problems motivated by other disciplines, industry, public policies and developments in society. The Institute devotes its efforts to interdisciplinary projects that support three main pillars: fundamental and applied research in sciences, innovative technologies in industry and business, economics and finance, and the development and applications of mathematical and statistical modelling to global issues of sustainability.

Laurier Institute for Water Science

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.

Viessmann European Research Centre

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.