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Research Institutes & Centres

CBU is home to a diverse collection of Research Institutes & Centres.  Institutes & Centres report to the Dean of Research & Graduate Studies and operate under the Research Institutes and Centres policy.

Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment

Centre for Cape Breton Studies

Contact information for other Research Centres and Research Institutes.

Research Institutes

Alexander Graham Bell Institute

Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and his work, continued study ("Mining for nuggets") and development of new applied research projects are motivated by a desire to continue his high standards of principle, practical spirit and social conscience. 

Bras d’Or Institute for Ecosystem Research

The research activities of the Institute are focused on how best to operationalize ecosystem-based management of human activities within the maritime communities of Cape Breton. The Institute partners widely with all levels of government, NGOs and the private sector. 

Community Economic Development (CED) Institute

The Community Economic Development Institute offers community economic development training, policy advice and evaluation, organization and community strategic planning and information about community consultative processes. 

International Institute for Tourism Development

The International Institute for Tourism Development, through its Advisory Board of Cape Breton University faculty, research fellows and industry stakeholders, will be a vehicle for CBU to promote, encourage and support tourism development in Cape Breton and beyond.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Institute (SMEI)

This Institute provides faculty and students with a base from which research into the SME sector can be undertaken. Through the Institute, Cape Breton University students obtain direct experience in business operations and the entrepreneurial process and culture.

Tompkins Institute for Human Values and Technology

The Tompkins Institute for Human Values and Technology is mandated to investigate the impact of technological change on society in general and, more particularly, on the Cape Breton community.

Institute for the Development of Energy and Sustainability

The Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Development provides dedicated resources for the establishment of infrastructure, creation of academic programs and contributions to the business community

Research Centres

Abraham Centre for Religion and Society

This Centre was formed in 1999 by a group of faculty and community religious leaders. Our activities draw on the rich traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Through research and public education events, are goals are to apply the values and insights of these traditions to problems facing contemporary society.

Centre for Natural History

The Centre develops and promotes research on the natural history and biodiversity of Cape Breton Island and provides a base for students and researchers studying Cape Breton natural history. Currently, the major focus of activity is the Cape Breton University Herbarium with its valuable collection of vascular plants, lichens and mosses.

Centre for International Studies

The Centre is responsible for promoting internationalization and global awareness both within Cape Breton University and in the community. The Centre co-ordinates educational programs with respect to development, the environment, multiculturalism, human rights, and peace. It encourages internationalization of the curriculum, research and publications, sponsors guest speakers, workshops and seminars, co-operates with local non-governmental organizations, and develops linkages with educational institutions and organizations both in Canada and internationally.

Philosophy and Religion Centre (PAR)

The Philosophy and Religion Centre (PAR) co-sponsors the Philosophy and Religion series of Rodopi's Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS). Rodopi's VIBS is an international publisher of scholarly books and is co-sponsored by 35 centres worldwide. PAR is dedicated to a rigorous examination of religious attitudes, values, and beliefs. The Centre's Director is a VIBS Senior Editor responsible for the publication of scholarly research in a wide variety of philosophical approaches to general and specific topics arising from the whole spectrum of religious traditions. 

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