Research at the University of Victoria

John Borrows in Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

The future of Indigenous law, languages and culture

Integral to the restoration of Indigenous law to its place alongside Canadian common law, John Borrows, Killam award-winner and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, honours living legal traditions by bringing the past into the present. Drawing upon natural law, he’s inspired by his spectacular community, Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario).

Indigenous research
Diana Varela with microscopic phytoplankton

Sustaining healthy oceans and resilient coastlines

Tiny in size yet vast in global impact, the microscopic phytoplankton Diana Varela studies are crucial to the carbon cycle and the foundation of marine food chains in the open ocean, coastal environments and in the Arctic. Her research creates new understanding of the impact of climate change on the health of marine ecosystems and food production.

Ocean health
Bernie Pauly by the water

Building healthy communities

As a nurse and scientist with UVic's School of Nursing and Centre for Addictions Research of BC, Bernie Pauly helps reorient health and social systems to prevent harms from substance use and deliver better care. From the front lines of the overdose crisis, poverty and homelessness, she improves responses through community-university research partnerships.

Healthy communities
Brad Buckham on a research vessel

Partnerships in pursuit of clean growth

Wave energy could one day eliminate dependency on diesel for power in remote communities. Brad Buckham’s West Coast Wave Initiative, in partnership with the Barkley Project Group, Hesquiaht First Nation and public and private sector collaborators, is discovering how wave energy technologies can integrate within a hydro-diesel energy system to cut emissions and foster community growth.

Clean growth
Alex Brolo and a student in a lab

Thinking big—and small

As one of our materials scientists, physical chemist Alex Brolo is developing new ways to use gold nanostructures for medical applications, such as detecting the viruses that cause Zika and dengue fever.

Physical science
Penelakut Elder Auggie Sylvester sharing Indigenous histories of Portland Island with students Mike Graeme and Tessa Gaudet. Photo: Brian Thom.

Sacred places

Mapping tools help Coast Salish communities and Parks Canada protect ancestral sites.

Indigenous Research
The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading research universities and consistently ranks highly in many national and international surveys.
UVic Strategic Research Plan

Our researchers are global leaders…

  • they're having vital impact on our lives and the world around us through scientific, technological, social and artistic innovation.
  • they're working with communities, universities, governments, industry and other organizations worldwide to tackle the social, economic and environmental issues that matter.
  • they're grooming the next generation of innovators and thought leaders through dynamic, hands-on learning in Canada’s most extraordinary academic environment.
  • they're earning international, national and regional recognition for their achievements and influence.

Applying new knowledge

Our researchers and artists are committed to improving the social, cultural and economic well-being of people in Canada and around the world.

We work closely with community, government and industry partners to move ideas, discoveries, creations and inventions forward for the betterment of society.

Looking to partner with us on research? Learn more about how we can help you create and apply new knowledge: