Centres & Institutes

Centres & Institutes

The U of L is home to research centres and institutes that bring leading researchers together from across disciplines to address issues that affect our world and beyond.

We encourage the development of specialized research centres and institutes as a means of fostering and promoting research expertise and capabilities while also providing a platform for trans-disciplinary research. These centres and institutes facilitate the formation of unique and creative research and teaching partnerships inside and outside of the university. They serve as a vehicle to attract alternate funding for research, teaching and training for undergraduate and graduate students. It is anticipated that the research findings, collaborations and training will lead to significant positive contributions to the needs of community, government and business in Alberta, nationally and globally.


The Alberta Gambling Research Institute (AGRI) is a consortium of the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. Its primary purpose is to support and promote research into gambling in the province. The Institute aims to achieve international recognition in gambling-related research. It is coordinated by a Board of Directors working in collaboration with a consultative stakeholder group. The Government of Alberta provides funding to the Institute. The Institute Research Director and Research Coordinators at each of the partner universities promote interest in gambling-related research. Information on the funding program of the Institute can be obtained from them, the respective Research Grants Offices, or by contacting the Executive Director.

With implications for diseases, biotechnology and our understanding of evolution, the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute is dedicated to RNA research and training excellence in one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences.

At the Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre, researchers are taking a decidedly big-picture view of the planet - one that can be seen from space. The Centre focuses on remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy, applying their research to monitoring natural resources and the environment.

The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience is the only research facility of its kind in Canada. There, internationally acclaimed faculty and their students engage in leading-edge brain research.

Canada's first collaborative group with concentration of unique expertise in fluorine chemistry, the Canadian Centre for Research in Advanced Fluorine Technologies brings together a local, national and international team of researchers who are tackling challenges in materials, energy and the environment.

A resource for U of L faculty and community partners, the Centre for Culture and Community facilitates collaboration and resource-sharing with respect to social-science and humanities research, creative activity and outreach focused primarily, though not exclusively, on Lethbridge and southern Alberta.

Researchers in the Centre for Oral History and Tradition collaborate on oral history projects, offer resources and training to students and researchers, and work with partners to ensure oral history projects are properly executed, documented and available for future reference.

The Centre for Socially Responsible Marketing aims to educate students and empower non-profit personnel in areas of social marketing, sustainability and social responsibility, and non-profit marketing and management.

Through research, training and the development of infrastructure the Centre for the Study of Scholarly Communication will address the issue of the sustainability of scholarly communication in an open access, digital age.

The purpose of the Health Services Quality Institute (HSQI) is to transform the design, delivery, and management of health services quality in Canada through research and education in partnership with key stakeholders.

The newly established Institute for Child and Youth Studies will bring together researchers from across disciplines and Faculties, along with community partners, to explore children and youth as categories of experience, development, expression and investigation.

The Institute for Space Imaging Science explores our relationship with our own planet and our place in the universe using space imaging technology. This innovative approach allows us to see space and the cosmos in new ways, and discover answers to questions that push the boundaries of human understanding.

The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy is a multidisciplinary, cross-faculty institute dedicated to researching the long-term global impacts of demographic, economic and social issues related to changes in world population patterns.

Focusing on privately-held small businesses, the Small Business Institute helps bridge connections between researchers and the business community.

Researchers at the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments are analyzing water resources, including natural science analyses of watersheds, and water quantity and quality, while also considering aspects such as water policy and economics.