Research Centres

Centre for Criminological Research

Research Director: Dr. Sandra Bucerius

Administrator: Jeff Brassard  

The research carried out at the Centre is designed to understand criminal justice institutions and systems through the perspectives of both those who work in them and those who encounter them, particularly those marginalized by factors related to race, gender, social class, addictions, and the like, placing those encounters within broader social contexts and challenges. The Centre for Criminological Research has two main foci:

1) to build on our academic excellence by supporting research and knowledge that push the boundaries of Canadian criminology and disseminate our research across national and international academic communities;

2) to engage in partnered and community-inspired research projects that provide critical understanding of criminal justice work.

Based on these two foci, the Centre’s mission is to establish collaborations on research projects within the Centre, with pertinent units across the university, with scholars from other institutions, and with organizations and stakeholders in the wider community. The Centre fosters debate and critical engagement with the practise of criminological research (in terms of methodology, theory, and key criminological debates) and with respect to key issues related to research on criminal justice institutions and those who encounter them.


Intermedia Research Studio

Research Director: Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea

Social Research Through Intermedia
The Intermedia Research Studio (IRS) is a research facility for the production and dissemination of work in and on visual culture, photographs, film, video, advertising, TV, internet, mobilities, modeling, design, diagrammatics and built environments. It is a unique facility amongst Canadian sociology departments.
Hosted by the Sociology department since 2002, the studio offers students and faculty the opportunity to advance research through technical and creative means. Intermedia is about documenting and bearing witness to transformations of material and virtual culture, for example, going from analogue to digital and back again. The IRS provides a technical infrastructure (computer hardware and software, still, digital, and video cameras, video and data projectors) for accessing, producing, manipulating, and employing visual imageries and aural textures in social research. The IRS supports collaborative projects and is rooted in self-directed learning that offers space to create and disseminate new forms of social research through intermedia. Faculty and graduate students who wish to use IRS Resources, please contact Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea.


Kent and Drever Collection on Alternative Religions

Contact - Dr. Steve Kent

This archival collection contains extensive primary and secondary material on alternative religions, non-traditional religious traditions, and other social movements. For security and confidentiality reasons, the collection is not open to the public. Graduate students and university faculty members interested in using this collection for research purposes should contact Professor Kent for information about the collection and access guidelines.