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
The six areas of focus of the Alliance for Mountain Environments are:
- Mountain Communities and Culture
- Sustainability of Mountain Ecosystems
- Leisure and Tourism
- Economic, Business and Development in Mountain Areas
- Adventure in Mountain Areas
- Governance, Social Justice and Legal Issues Around Mountain Areas
All My Relations
Contact: Dr. Rod McCormick
The mission of the AMR Research Centre is to advance Indigenous community wellness by bringing together regional, national, and international Indigenous researchers to work in partnership with Indigenous communities to identify, research, advance and build capacity and capability in Indigenous community wellness.
Centre for Optimization and Data Science
Contact: Dr. Roger Yu
The Centre for Optimization and Data 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 data 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.
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 via a publication agreement with the University of Calgary Press — Small Cities Sustainability Studies in Community and Cultural Engagement.
Critical Cross-border Conversations (CCC) Research Group
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.