BC landscrape

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


Is empathy changing in a world where social media and globalization are rapidly transforming how we interact with others? Sociology's Rebeccah Nelems is investigating empathy and youth as part of her Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation scholarship.

Two scholars

Clay Holroyd—a psychologist probing the mysteries of the brain—and Roy Suddaby—a business scholar who investigates corporate social responsibility—are UVic's newest members of the Royal Society of Canada's academy for emerging intellectual leaders.

Nowell in the field

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 Photo: Michael Bisson.


UVic geographer David Duffus, director of UVic’s Whale Research Lab, is part of the national WHaLE project (Whales, Habitat and Listening Experiment), which seeks to define whale habitat and develop a "whale alert" system to reduce the risk of ship-whale collisions.

At one of the top research-intensive universities in Canada, our Social Sciences researchers are among the best in the world. They work on solo projects, in research teams, and in collaboration with national and international researchers. They conduct award-winning fieldwork and research in remote areas around the globe and bring their knowledge back to educate our students. They involve the community in facing challenges and finding solutions to make our world a better place.

Our faculty members are among the top in Canada for attaining research funding from national granting councils. They conduct field research in the remotest corners of the planet and collaborate with many world-leading scholars who come to UVic to explore and exercise their passion for knowledge with us.

Meet our researchers

Faces of UVic Research is a series of "elevator pitch" style videos showcasing the passion and commitment of UVic researchers. It's a great way to discover what our faculty are researching, which can help you choose a supervisor who fits your interests.

See more videos from the Faces of UVic Research -Social Sciences playlist on YouTube.