Beyond plastic: exploring the issue of waste

How do we move beyond plastic? Will a soft plastic ban actually work? What are the politics of waste in Canada? 


Change begins at the Edge

Chris Darimont’s Applied Conservation Science Lab in the Department of Geography, fuses evidence from local Indigenous knowledge and ecology to support decisions by Indigenous governments about important land and ocean resources. The research team’s passion for wildlife, places and communities contributes to meaningful change on BC’s coast and beyond. 

Find your Edge

Royal Society of Canada elects UVic researchers

Four University of Victoria researchers in the fields of social sciences and humanities have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), a 137-year old council of distinguished scholars and leaders recognized with the country’s highest academic honour. 

UVic news

Small boat traffic

Marine biologist and coastal geographer Lauren McWhinnie is looking at how we can reduce noise pollution from small vessel traffic on resident orca whales

field school

A coastal field school on Tl'ches

Lekwungen Coast Salish Elders help UVic and Songhees students see the Chatham and Discovery islands through their eyes—superimposing past and present.

The Ring
Sepideh Heydari in a psychology lab

Careers in social sciences

Our programs prepare you for a meaningful career. Sepideh Heydari is a psychology PhD student interested in the underlying mechanisms of memory, decision making, cognitive control and vision.

Career possibilities
Sadaf Mirza on the UVic campus

Our grads do great things

Sadaf Mirza is the Chief Economist and Executive Director of Economic Forecasting and Analysis for the BC Government—a career she began as a co-op student.

Meet our alumni

Be the change

The world is interconnected and we think learning should be too. Our seven different social sciences disciplines examine all aspects of our society and the world we live in.

  • If you're curious about the world around you, there's a research project you can create.
  • If you're passionate about an issue, we'll help you make an impact.
  • If you like contributing to communities, there are opportunities to work with local people here or in the most remote corners of the world.

At UVic's Faculty of Social Sciences, you'll get a dynamic, hands-on education that takes advantage of our extraordinary environment and makes a difference every day.

Find your edge in UVic's Faculty of Social Sciences