Research Chairs

UNBC is very proud to be a partner in the Canada Research Chairs Program, intended to ensure that Canadian research and development is globally competitive. It is the objective of the federal government to help universities become centres of leading-edge research and research training. To assist in accomplishing these aims, research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—have been established in universities across the country. The positions enable universities such as UNBC to create outstanding opportunities to attract elite researchers. The British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund and the Canada Foundation for Innovation have also contributed to the success of the program at UNBC, by providing funds for the purchase of equipment critical to the research goals of the institution’s Canada Research Chairs. An enhanced research and development culture in Canada will contribute to improved international competitiveness in the knowledge-based economy, and ultimately to an improved standard of living for Canadians.

UNBC is also honoured to host BC Leadership Chairs, as well as a number of Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chairs, and the Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa-Kechika Research Professor. The holders of these research chairs contribute to UNBC's success as a research-intensive university, and enhance our ability to carry out locally inspired and internationally significant research in our strategic research areas.

BC Leadership Chairs

Endowed Chairs

Knowledge Mobilization Chair

Martha MacLeod, Northern Health - UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair

Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Sarah Gray
    BSc, PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Integrative Physiology of Diabetes
  • Greg Halseth
    BA, MA, PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies

    Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small town community development, and community strategies for coping with social and economic change, all with a focus upon northern B.C.’s resource-based towns.

  • Natalia Loukacheva
    PhD, SJD
    Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law

    Dr. Loukacheva is Canada Research Chair in ‘Aboriginal Governance and Law’ and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to joining the Faculty she was a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2004-2013); the first visiting Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies in Iceland (Norway-Iceland initiative of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 2013). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M.

  • Dr. Brian Menounos
    Canada Research Chair in Glacial Change

    Brian is an associate professor of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and a Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change. My research interests include glaciers and glacier change, process geomorphology, paleo-environmental reconstruction, process, Quaternary and surficial geology and surface hydrology.

    My current research program centres around earth surface systems in three thematic areas:

    Holocene glacier fluctuations;
    environmental controls of proglacial lake sedimentation; and
    recent and future changes to the cryosphere

  • Dr. Michael Murphy
    BA, MA, PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Comparative Indigenous-State Relations

    Dr. Michael Murphy joined UNBC from the Political Studies Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Reflecting his expertise in the areas of contemporary political theory, democracy and diversity, and comparative indigenous-state relations, Michael holds a faculty appointment in the Political Science Program at UNBC. His academic background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctorate in Political Science from McGill University.

  • Dr. Margot Parkes
    MBChB, MAS, PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems, and Society

    Dr. Parkes comes to northern BC to examine the effect of changing ecosystems on the health and well-being of communities, with a focus on water as a common resource for livelihoods, food security, culture and economies. Her work will bring together organizations, communities and researchers involved in health and water governance in the northern Fraser River Basin, which includes Prince George, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, McBride, Valemount, and Vanderhoof.