Bonnie Leadbeater with UVic student

New youth study by UVic and Island Health

A study by UVic and Island Health shines a unique spotlight on youth health and wellbeing. No other research study in Canada has followed a full decade of observation of young people from one distinct region and varied socio-economic backgrounds.


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Learning the human history of the west coast

Archaeology field school digs deep in Nuu-chah-nulth territories.

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photo credit: Michael Bisson

UVic paleoanthropologist makes Stone Age discovery

New research by a team led by April Nowell reveals surprisingly sophisticated adaptations by our Stone Age ancestors, thousands of years before Homo sapiens first evolved. Image: Nowell in Jordan (credit: Michael Bisson)

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Maycira Costa

Citizen scientists get on board for research

Passengers on BC Ferries this summer have an exciting opportunity to help scientists better understand ocean health and declining salmon populations in the Salish Sea. “This type of crowdsourcing is very useful to scientists,” says UVic geographer and FOCOS (ferry ocean colour observation system) project lead Maycira Costa.


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Neena Chappell

Shaping the field of gerontology in Canada

Sociologist Neena Chappell received an Order of Canda on June 30th for "her contributions to the study of social gerontology in Canada, notably for her influential research into caregiving, dementia care and healthy aging.”

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photo credit: Amy Hartzenberg 2011

New app for BC central coastal species

A new app developed by UVic researchers to identify over 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest will help deepen our appreciation of the biodiversity along BC's central coast. (photo credit: Amy Hartzenberg)

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Be the change

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the faculty and the seven different social sciences disciplines that examine all aspects of our society and the world we live in.

  • If you're curious about the world around you, there's a social science you can master.
  • If sustainability strikes you as important, there's a research project you can create.
  • If you like contributing to communities, there are opportunities to study and work in the most remote corners of the world.
Whether you are a prospective student, one of our alumni, one of our supporters, or you just want to know more about us, I look forward to the opportunity one day to meet you and to welcome you as a member of our community. —Catherine Krull, Dean