Our Research Centres

From subatomic physics to forensic justice, these centres and institutes foster collaborative and multidisciplinary research in a wide range of study areas


Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies is a gateway to information, knowledge and enquiry into the broad domains of crime, justice and corrections. Crossing the boundaries of the social sciences, health sciences, management and law, it fosters research, education and engagement activities aimed at understanding critical issues of crime and justice, and examining the criminal justice and corrections systems in Canada and elsewhere in relation to the offender populations, victims and public they are intended to serve.  

Centre for Hydrology

The Centre for Hydrology provides a focus and catalyst for hydrological research at the University of Saskatchewan. It is designed to bring together and coordinate academic, graduate student, postdoctoral and allied government research staff for research, training and outreach on hydrological issues of local and global importance and to coordinate the university's presence in hydrology. 

Community-Engaged History Collaboratorium

The Collaboratorium is a focal point for community-engaged scholarship within the College of Arts and Science that provides students with summer internships to work with faculty and graduate student supervisors on projects designed in partnership with community groups and organizations to meet community and academic goals. 

High Performance Computing Centre

This centre’s mandate is to intensify existing and stimulate new research, encourage student supervisory collaborations between campus researchers and provide a hub for students, faculty and staff interested in high performance computing. 

Historical GIS Lab (HGIS)

The Historical GIS Lab unites history and geography to explore change through time and variation across space. Merging historical methods with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology opens up innovative analytical possibilities for historical research.

Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre (DRC)

An innovative and flexible location with leading-edge digital technologies, the DRC fosters multidisciplinary research, encourages collaborative partnerships and serves as a performance venue for new media exhibitions.

Institute for Aboriginal and Indigenous Graduate Studies and Research (IAIGSR)

The IAIGSR is an initiative between the Department of Indigenous Studies and the Department of History. Its aim is to heighten research collaboration in Aboriginal and Indigenous studies, to increase the level, visibility and impact of individual and collaborative research on Aboriginal and Indigenous topics and increase the numbers of graduate students working in Indigenous studies.

Institute for Computer and Information Technology (ICIT)

The ICIT is a vehicle to bring together university and industry researchers and developers in the information technology research and development sector. 

Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies

Solar terrestrial physics (the study of the relationships between the sun and the earth's magnetic field and atmosphere) and planetary astronomy (the study of the atmospheres of other planets in the solar system) are the focus of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies. It is the largest and most comprehensive solar terrestrial physics institute in Canada.

Plasma Physics Laboratory

Established in 1958 by H.M. Skarsgard (professor emeritus), the laboratory's first experimental work centred around the study of electron acceleration in the plasma betatron. These experiments led to the study of plasma turbulence and some of the earliest work on turbulent heating in toroidal geometry.

Centre for Quantum Topology and its Applications (quanTA)

The Centre for Quantum Topology and its Applications is an interdisciplinary centre devoted to the mathematics and physics of novel quantum materials, inspired by the discovery of topological materials that have revolutionized condensed matter physics. QuanTA is involved in the theory, simulation and realization of a new generation of quantum materials, with a focus on enabling innovations such as quantum computing and energy-efficient technologies.


Social Research Unit (SRU)

The SRU’s mandate is to facilitate and support the research of Department of Sociology faculty members and the dissemination of findings, and also to provide technical and infrastructural research support and assistance to faculty members from other academic units and organizations.

Subatomic Physics Institute (SPIN)

Housed in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, SPIN’s mandate is the promotion and facilitation of research in pure and applied subatomic physics and related disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan.