Research clusters




Research clusters at Concordia are groups of researchers engaged in similar research areas, fields or themes that may or may not cross disciplines and academic domains.


The purpose of the clusters is to promote collaboration among faculty members in their scholarly work in known or emerging areas of common interest that may also intersect with Concordia's Strategic Research Plan. The research clusters are intended to bring greater internal and external attention to faculty and student research, deepen its cumulative impact, and help leverage external funding for sustained collaborative efforts. Clusters can facilitate exchange among Concordia faculty and, where appropriate, students as well as faculty members from other institutions in workshops, symposia, or conferences, to encourage experimentation with new forms of collaboration within and beyond Concordia, and to broaden faculty research across disciplines.

Research clusters are construed broadly to include basic and applied research as understood at Concordia, and a range of scholarly, creative, and performance practices and knowledge production in the context of design. The nature of the collaborations may vary, but success is predicated upon individual faculty members bringing their own agendas into a group context that will in turn help them reshape and extend their own work, and, collectively, create a substantial body of knowledge by the quality-assured research publications of the participating members.

Research clusters at Concordia are led by faculty members.

Criteria for Formal Recognition

Recognition as a Research Cluster requires approval by the Vice President, International and Research, based on a detailed application and ongoing data sheet (see form below).

The following guidelines will be observed:

  • A minimum of three researchers working on a common area. Members may be pursuing individual projects in a related field or pursuing collaborative research as a team.
  • The Cluster must have one or more research projects that will result in outputs such as publications, academic events.


Applications are made by completion of the form below and are accepted by the Vice President at any time.


The Vice President will evaluate the application against the criteria and communicate his decision to the cluster and the Research and Faculty Development Committee. If approved, the application/data sheet will integrate the Research files and be posted on Concordia research web page.

Management of the Clusters

The leaders, in communication with the Office of Research, will keep the data sheet and the events sections on the web site updated on membership, research, publications, events, etc. No automatic funding is attached to the recognition of the Research Cluster, and funding should be sought internally and externally. Research Clusters are eligible to apply for internal Research Grants at Concordia.

Performance Review

The leaders, in communication with the Office of Research, will keep the data sheet and the events sections.

For any information regarding research and research clusters please contact the Vice President, International and Research, Dr. Manfred Zeuch, at


Research clusters

Interdisciplinary Research Group on Travel
Chair: Dr. Steven Muir

Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Focus on Women
Chairs: Dr. Wendy Pullin and Dr. Linda Van Netten Blimke

Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness
Chairs: Dr. Brent Bradford and Dr. Barbara Van Ingen

Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Public Health
Chair: Dr. Sandra Song

Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Theology and Sciences
Chairs: Dr. Travis Dumsday and Dr. Tim Labron

Interdisciplinary Research Group on the Biological Effects of Contaminants on Fish and Invertebrates in Alberta
Chair: Dr. Mariola Janowicz


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