Research at the CSRS

Pressed wildflowers by Jacob Reimer.
Russian wildflowers collected by Mennonite Jacob Reimer in the 1910s-1920s. Reimer immigrated to Manitoba with 13 notebooks of pressed flowers, now housed at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg. Photo by researcher Susie Fisher.

Research at the CSRS

Research at the centre occurs within three contexts:

  1. collaborative team book projects;
  2. the CSRS fellowship program;
  3. participation in national or international research networks.

Team book projects

Team book projects at the CSRS are based on a methodology developed by founding centre director, Harold Coward. In this unique model of research, interdisciplinary teams of investigators participate in an extended process of collaborative writing and critique leading to the publication of highly integrated academic volumes. The projects normally involve two research meetings over a period of eighteen to twenty-four months. As part of this distinctive research process, authors are expected to reference one another in their chapters. The overall result is a cohesive volume that challenges both authors and readers to consider common areas of understanding across disciplinary boundaries.

Topics for the CSRS book projects are normally selected in response to current and emerging issues of interest to society; as such, the projects typically incorporate participants from government, the professions, community organizations, and a variety of academic disciplines.

CSRS fellowship program

Each year, the CSRS offers fellowships to emerging and established scholars with research topics related to the intersection of religion and society. Fellows conduct their research on-site in the centre and normally stay for periods of three to twelve months. CSRS fellows benefit from the interdisciplinary atmosphere at the centre, the administrative services provided by centre employees, and the atmosphere of collegial intellectual exchange. Learn more about our fellows and the research they perform by visiting the visit the current and past fellows pages on this site.

Research networks

Through our sponsored-research networks, we create strong teams of investigators to collaboratively measure, test and expand our understanding of the role of religion in society. Our recent research network connections include: 

  • Metropolis BC, Citizenship and Social, Cultural and Civic Integration
  • Religion and Diversity Project, University of Ottawa
  • Ethnicity and Democratic Government MCRI project, Queens University
  • Migration and Diversity: Comparative Issues and International Comparisons (Metropolis book series)
  • Immigration Research West (previously Western Consortium for Immigration, Citizenship and Cohesion)

For additional details related to each of the CSRS's key research contexts, feel free to browse our Annual Reports and Newsletters.