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
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Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Sarah Gray
    BSc, PhD Assistant Dean - Curriculum, NMP Associate Professor Canada Research Chair in Integrative Physiology of Diabetes

    Dr. Gray joined the Northern Medical Program in 2007 and became a Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Diabetes in 2013. She is a biomedical researcher examining the underlying mechanisms of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Her research group is interested in understanding how hormones control body weight, with a specific interest in how adipose tissue function is affected by hormones in obesity. In addition to lab-based science, Dr.

  • 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
    PhD 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. 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.

  • Dr. Thomas Tannert
    PhD, Dipl-Ing, MASc, PEng Associate Professor, BC Leadership Chair, Canada Research Chair, Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering

    Thomas Tannert joined the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016 as BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood Construction. Thomas received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Bio-Bio in Chile, and a Civil Engineering degree from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Germany, Chile, and Switzerland and was Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction at UBC.