Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Research Centres and Groups

TRU has dedicated resources to a number of research centres, which operate as research hubs, offering faculty members opportunities to work collaboratively across disciplines on the areas of shared interest. 

If you are interested in establishing an official group or centre, please first familiarize yourself with TRU's policy and guidelines

Alliance for Mountain Environments

Contact: Dr. John Hull
The six areas of focus of the Alliance for Mountain Environments are: 

  1. Mountain Communities and Culture
  2. Sustainability of Mountain Ecosystems
  3. Leisure and Tourism
  4. Economic, Business and Development in Mountain Areas
  5. Adventure in Mountain Areas
  6. Governance, Social Justice and Legal Issues Around Mountain Areas

Centre for Optimization and Decision Science

Contact: Dr. Roger Yu
The Centre for Optimization and Decision Science at Thompson Rivers University is an intellectual hub to foster multi-disciplinary research at TRU and to encourage collaboration among faculty members, not only in the theoretical study of optimization and decision-making science, as well as applications to real-world problems. In addition CODS works with public and private sector to establish mathematical models for their operations in order to develop optimal solutions. 

Walking Lab: A Centre for the Examination of Walking, Health and the Civic Landscape

Contact: Dr. Bruce Baugh
To develop a coordinated interdisciplinary team of researchers and professionals who will investigate how community and urban planning and environmental factors affect walking and health in the urban environment.

Centre for Respiratory Health and Sleep Science

Contact: Les Matthews
The TRU Center for Respiratory Health and Sleep Science at TRU is a unique centre that is an extension of the Faculty of Science. The center promotes and facilitate research into the best practices in the arena of respiratory health and sleep science.

Community and Ecosystem Ecology Centre - CEEC

Contact: Dr. Lauchlan Fraser
The CEEC focuses on 1) multidisciplinary research that links together botanists, zoologists, geographers, geologists, mathematicians, and economists, 2) a combination of laboratory/greenhouse-based investigations, controlled field manipulations, and natural field monitoring programs, 3) distinct threatened wetland and grassland ecosystems, and 4) an integrated, in-depth understanding of ecological patterns and processes to generate the most efficient database for conservation and restoration strategies.

CURA - Cultural Future of Small Cities

Contact: Dr. Will Garrett-Petts
To map quality of life and the culture of Canada's small cities, with a specific emphasis on Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Port Moody, and the cities of the Comox Valley. The research team includes 37 community research partners and 26 TRU researchers working in collaboration with faculty from the University of Northern British Columbia; University of New Brunswick, Saint John; and the University of Waterloo. This eleven-year research alliance was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by community partner contributions from 2001-2012. The CURA continues to support publication initiatives on quality of life and culture in smaller communities.

Critical Cross-border Conversations (CCC) Research Group

Contact: ccc@tru.ca
CCC Research Group is a TRU-based, nationally and internationally linked, multidisciplinary group committed to knowledge creation, exchange, and the networking of critical researchers on contemporary social issues. This research group addresses research areas that are of strategic importance at TRU: Technology and Optimization, and Community and Cultural Engagement, for the purpose of fostering social justice and equity.


Faculty interested in establishing a centre should follow the procedures outlined in the relevant TRU Policies.