Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative

Canada’s first fully integrated and interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Initiative, defining an emerging new discipline that brings researchers, students, and community participants together in improving our understanding of mountain practices, places, and peoples.

The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative welcomes the mountain scholars of the world to join us, to collaborate with us, to study with us, to share our passion for the mountains.
The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative took root in 2011 when we discovered many researchers across faculties at the University of Alberta with a great and common passion: mountains.

After gathering together to share ideas, to learn about each other's research and find common ground, we decided to collectivize our research strength, breadth and depth and to formalize a unique initiative - the first of its kind in Canada.

Our Initiative comprises 25 faculty members from four faculties at the University of Alberta:

  • Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
  • Faculty of Science

Researchers in the initiative conduct research across the human, the social, and the applied sciences – carrying out research and teaching in the specific disciplinary areas of mountain studies.

Individually, we attract some of the strongest graduate students to the university, from Canada and internationally.