Institutes and Centres

Institutes and Centres


Our commitment to transdisciplinary research at Brock sets us apart in the university landscape. Through our research institutes and centres, we foster intellectual environments in which researchers across disciplines combine their expertise to create new forms of inquiry and new types of solutions. 


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The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre pairs the cutting edge work of
Brock’s plant biologists and chemists with biotechnology companies that develop this research into innovative products and services. Many of Niagara’s agricultural businesses will need to innovate to compete on the global stage in these challenging times. As Brock has research strengths in plant biology and natural product chemistry, new partnerships are expected to create jobs and economic growth in Niagara and beyond.

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The Brock Institute for Scientific Computation promotes multi-disciplinary and collaborative research that uses high-performance computers to generate and/or analyze scientific data. Its members are drawn from a wide-range of disciplines within the faculties of mathematics and science and applied health sciences. The Institute coordinates an Agreement of Cooperation with the Graduate School of System Informatics at Kobe University for joint research activities, faculty exchange, and student exchange at the graduate level.

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The Brock Niagara Centre for Health and Well-being is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people across the lifespan, including older adults. As well, the Centre focusses on individuals with an array of health conditions, chronic diseases and risk factors such as obesity and type II diabetes. The centre co-ordinates programs, links researchers to groups in Niagara and partners with local, provincial and national organizations to set up networks of excellence. Researchers come from a variety of disciplines to address the biological, psychological and social determinants of health. The centre’s mission is to promote health, prevent disease and work to help rehabilitate/reintegrate people.

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The Centre for Applied Disability Studies contributes to the betterment of the lives of persons with disabilities by providing multidisciplinary, quality postgraduate education to the next generation of professionals, researchers and educators, as well as to experienced professionals in the field. Faculty are internationally respected in disabilities and applied behaviour analysis, and the students will be able to tailor a stimulating program of study that meets their current and future interests and career aspirations. Our ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

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The Centre for Bone & Muscle Health brings together researchers from the Departments of Physical Education and Kinesiology and Community Health Sciences. They work with colleagues from other institutions to develop a greater understanding of the functioning and adaptability of muscle tissue. They also work to better understand how this tissue contributes to health and disease. In the past two decades, the role of muscle in overall health maintenance has proven to be significant.

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The Centre for Digital Humanities is dedicated to research and teaching that uses digital technologies for the examination, creation, transmission and preservation of human culture. Digital Humanities engages disciplines such as literature, language, history and the arts. Digital tools are used to support the development of innovative forms of analysis and new conventions of representation, narration and documentation.

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The Centre for Healthy Development is a hub through which people, information, and action flow to integrate research capacity, evidence-based best practices, policy development, and implementation strategies related to key issues in sport and physical activity. The broad based membership provides a diverse environment of expertise and global perspectives for national and international development. The co-directors are James Mandigo and Philip Sullivan.

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The Centre for Sport Capacity draws on the collaboration of faculty, students, colleagues from other institutions, and experts from the sport community. It acts in research and granting collaboration, community outreach, and international engagement to examine how individuals within organizations can build and utilize ‘capacity’ for the overall improvement of Canadian sport. As both a research and development centre, the CSC is the nucleus through which people, research, information, funding, and policy development flow to create and deliver ongoing skills-based training for large numbers sport volunteers with key administrative functions.

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The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) was developed in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Wine Council of Ontario. Established in 1996, CCOVI is a successful, internationally recognized institute for the grape and wine industry. It focuses on research priorities of the Canadian grape and wine industry and the continuing educational needs of that community.

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The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) brings together faculty from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to research how society can best move forward in a time where the earth’s natural, social, and economic resources are being threatened. The basic challenge of “sustainability” is to map out ways in which people and societies can live within the limits of our physical and natural world to safeguard our planet’s life support system. Partners from across Brock University and beyond collaboratively examine issues of: water and environmental resources; meanings and measurements of sustainability; climate change, adaptation and transformation; science and public policy; and, social justice, development and health. The Centre embraces Brock’s privileged location in a Biosphere Reserve and draws upon the UNESCO framework for understanding, innovating, and measuring all aspects of sustainability through education, science and culture.

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The Humanities Research Institute encourages the development of research programs and initiatives in the Faculty of Humanities. It also generates greater public awareness of our scholarly expertise, as well as the breadth of our research and creative productivity.

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The Jack and Nora Walker Centre for Lifespan Development Research focuses on community-based research in mental health and biological, social, and psychological adjustment across the lifespan. Staff develops research partnerships with the local community and shares with the community knowledge that comes from the research. Plans are underway to offer a new post-Masters certificate program in Clinical Psychology and Counselling, involving community-based internships. The increased contact between the community and Brock University due to the certificate program and new partnerships will assist faculty research and improve the area's access to good mental health care.

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The Niagara Community Observatory engages in research both on its own initiative and by working with other organizations. Its major research focuses on the Niagara area, but with reference to how the Niagara area is situated in the provincial, national, binational, and international spheres. The observatory produces non-partisan, evidence-based research. It fosters the sharing of research by diverse elements of the community who might be working on the same issues from different perspectives.

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The Social Justice Research Institute brings together researchers and students from a wide variety of disciplines to produce socially relevant and community-based scholarship on social justice issues and create connections with community organizations. The institute will focus on five research clusters: global justice; jobs and justice; gender and justice; animals and justice; and epistemic justice.

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The Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Education and Research’s activities include creating research training and support for Aboriginal students and opportunities for Aboriginal and non-aboriginal scholars. It also holds speaker series, colloquia, conferences, collaborative research proposals and generally fosters intra-institutional communications relevant to Aboriginal issues, knowledge, experience and the contributions of Aboriginal peoples globally.