Our faculty members and graduate students are working on research projects that engage with local and global issues, ranging from human rights to cybersecurity, and the impact of migration. Join us in thinking actively about how to shape the world in which we live.


Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER)

ICER is an academic research centre that unites researchers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, including anthropology, gender studies, indigenous studies, economics, education, health studies, human geography, nursing, social work, and sociology.

Sharing a commitment to research that supports diversity, equity, and social justice, the Institute facilitates the participation of community members, organizations,students, and academics as co-researchers. ICER is a hub for building relationships, collaboration, and effective knowledge creation and exchange.

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Research Themes


Global and local political economy, human impact on the environment and the impact on societies of environmental change, commercial agriculture, animal rights, vegetarianism, ecofeminism and climate change

Surveillance and Cybersecurity

Internet access and broadband extension as issues of social justice, Indigenous communities and rural internet access, government regulation, surveillance and intrusion, citizens’ rights

Science and Technology

History and sociology of science, critical interpretations of the impact of technological change on societies, medicine and change, gender dynamics, transformation of the nature of work

Digital Humanities

Digital pedagogy, audio and video recording, photography, preservation and archiving, text encoding, data mining, interactive mapping


National and international policies, border and regime change, individual and structural push and pull factors, forced and voluntary migration, re-creation of cultures in new societies, hybrid cultures


Labour relations, social constructions of labour, gender and labour, government regulation, prison and other captive labour—both historical and current, labour rights and organization

Human Rights

Civil rights, state violence, land dispossession, prevalence and patterns of human rights violations, global and local political economy, global solidarity initiatives, gender mobilization, racism, socio-legal studies

Race and Ethnicity

Patterns of structural and historical racism—both national and international, racial and ethnic regulation, government bureaucracy, legal restrictions and remedies, cultural criminology, critical race studies


Intersections between religion, economics and definitions of personhood, religion and societal transformation, connections to gender, labour, race and global capitalism

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The Department of History & Sociology offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience. You can participate in research either as a volunteer research assistant, or through Directed Studies and/or Honours opportunities. Explore your options below.

The opportunity: Get experience helping faculty members, graduate students, or a mixture of the two, with their research projects. This is a non-paid, non-credit based opportunity that will give you the chance to participate in various elements of conducting research. The duties and length of the opportunity is determined by the supervising faculty member.

Prerequisites: Typically, no experience is required, but some opportunities may require the completion of certain courses prior to volunteering.

Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.

The opportunity: Carry out your own research project under the supervision of a faculty member in history or sociology. You can earn three or six credits, depending upon the project.


  • History: fourth-year standing, 6 credits of upper-level history courses, and permission of a faculty member to supervise the project. A minimum of 72% in all completed upper-level history courses is required.
  • Sociology: permission of the department head and a faculty member to supervise the project.

Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.

The opportunity: Research and write a research paper under the supervision of a faculty member. You will be involved in all aspects of the research process, and participate in colloquia and seminars

Prerequisites: Third-year standing, a minimum of 12 credits of history coursework, an average of 76% in all attempted history courses, and a minimum overall average of 72%.

Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.

Awards for Undergraduate Students

The Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) provide exceptional research experiences for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The purpose of the awards is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience.

Our Partners and Donors

Together, we are making a difference, locally and around the world. Our partners and donors allow us to carry out our mission of helping the community, making advancements in research, and providing quality education in the field of history and sociology.

If you are interested in becoming a partner or donor, we would love to hear from you.