The CDI was established in 2004 with a broad mandate in community and economic development. We provide programs and services in four broad areas: community transformation and renewal, research, education, and dialogues and policy discussions.

We work in partnership with communities, industry, business, non-profit and community organizations, First Nations, and all levels of government, to develop and implement strategies for economic diversification and community resilience.

Our work focuses on the non-metropolitan communities across British Columbia’s northern and central regions – communities where more than 80% of the province’s export wealth is generated from natural resources.  The sustainability of these communities is a key factor in the prosperity of the province as a whole.

  • Dr. Greg Halseth
    Friday, May 4, 2018
    Change is inevitable. It can be full of difficult, life-altering choices or, it can be full of new, life-changing opportunities. Most importantly, for University of Northern British Columbia Geography Professor Dr. Greg Halseth, how people and communities adapt to... more
  • Monday, March 12, 2018
    Dr. Michael Lait, Post Doctoral researcher and Marleen Morris, Co-Director of the Community Development Institute presented the Fort St. John Community Profile to Fort St. John city council on March 12, 2018. The information presented in the report will be used in the CDI's work... more
  • Laura Ryser and Dr. Greg Halseth
    Friday, September 22, 2017
    A new book written by University of Northern British Columbia researchers delves into the increasingly rapid pace of change resource-dependent communities are facing in the global economy. Geography Professor Dr. Greg Halseth and Research Manager... more