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Dr. Cynthia Milton

Dr. Cynthia Milton

Associate Vice-President Research

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The Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR) reports to the Vice-President Research (VPR). Together they work with the Associate Vice President Research Operations (AVPRO) to support UVic’s priorities and objectives. This includes the implementation of the Research and Creative Works Strategy, entitled Aspiration 2030.

The AVPR oversees UVic’s research centres and institutes. They have a strategic focus on creating opportunities for the UVic research community locally, nationally and internationally. These include institutional-level funding proposals and strategic partnerships with industry, government and community organizations. Among the various domains, the AVPR plays a role in UVic’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan, knowledge mobilization and research recognition.

The AVPR handles the development and interpretation of research-related policy and procedures. To enhance the research environment at UVic, they work closely with:

  • the Associate Vice-President Research Operations
  • Deans
  • Research centre directors
  • Associate Deans Research
  • the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost


Cynthia E. Milton joined UVic on September 1, 2020, with an academic appointment in the Department of History.

Dr. Milton is past president of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a former Canada Research Chair in the Université de Montréal and co-director of the Centre de Recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal.

Her interdisciplinary research studies inclusive modes of truth-telling, transitional justice, memory and cultural interventions in the construction of historical narratives after state violence. In her academic networking, she is concerned with the science-society disconnect in our dramatically changing world and the need for the humanities, arts and social sciences in the diffusion of knowledge.

Major honours include:

  • a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship (2019-20)
  • a Fernand Braudel Fellowship from the European University Institute (2016)
  • an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2011-12)
  • the Bolton-Johnson Prize (2008)