Laboratories and research groups have a mandate to facilitate the development of an emerging field and to ensure a broad scope by means of a communication project based on a team that includes researchers and students. Such an approach allows us to secure the expertise of researchers, teaching and the training programs.

Laboratories and research groups actually attract students who are already interested in these areas or potentially interested due to participating in exchanges and activities which take place. Their mandate is also to project throughout the Faculty and even beyond through seminars, guest researchers and collegial interactions. Finally, the team work that takes place is promising for future applications for grants from funding agencies.

Study and Research Laboratories

Canadian Politics Laboratory (LERPC)

Director: Luc Turgeon, Political Studies
July 2015 to June 2018

The LERPC allows colleagues to share their work and exchange, in an interdisciplinary context, on important issues related to Canadian politics.

Carceral Studies Research Collective

Director: Justin Piché, Criminology
July 2017 to August 2020

The Carceral Studies Research Collective (CSRC) is an interdisciplinary team of researchers that aims to document shifts and continuities in carceral power and violence; contribute to the development of analytical and strategic tools to help dismantle exclusionary structures; and build alternatives that contribute to the work of existing public policy initiatives and social movements that foster inclusive conflict resolution and social justice in communities, both locally and beyond.


Director: Simon Lapierre, Social Work
July 2016 to June 2019

The Feminist Anti-Violence Research Collective (FemAnVi) is a stimulating space aiming to develop and support research, social interventions and activist actions within feminist battles on violence against women.

HumAnimaLab (HAL)

Director: David Jaclin, Sociology and Anthropology
July 2016 to June 2019

Our aim is to map contemporary human/animal relationships and inquire about wildlife trafficking and green criminology.

INSPIRE Laboratory

Manager: Simon Beaudry

The INSPIRE Laboratory is a shared multidisciplinary research facility designed to give researchers the resources to explore questions from various fields related to human behaviour.

Interdisciplinary Psychosocial Oncology Study and Research Laboratory

Director: Sophie Lebel, Psychology
July 2015 to June 2018

The aims of our lab are to (1) create new synergies among psychosocial oncology researchers at the University of Ottawa, and (2) foster training to promote excellence in interdisciplinary psychosocial oncology research and practice.

Interdisciplinary Research Lab on Cities and Contemporary Urban processes

Director: Vincent Mirza, Sociology and Anthropology
July 2018 to June 2021

The main goal of the laboratory is to foster research, exchange of ideas and knowledge about the City and Urban processes.

Laboratory for Engaged Research

Director: Larisa Kurtović, Sociology and Anthropology
October 2022 to 2025

The lab aims to promote, foster and enhance engaged, activist, participatory and collaborative approaches to research in the humanities and social sciences. The LER focuses on qualitative research that aligns with the goals of various social justice movements, and the co-creation of knowledge with the communities in which it conduct its investigations.

Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food (LISF)

Director: Marie-Josée Massicotte, Feminist and Gender Studies & Political Studies
July 2013 to June 2018

The LISF is an interdisciplinary space for research, dialogues and exchanges between professors, students and community partners who are interested in food and its multiple dimensions.

Ottawa Applied Microeconomics Lab

Co-directors: Abel Brodeur and Jason Garred, Economics
July 2019 to June 2022

The lab brings together faculty members and graduate students doing research in applied microeconomics in Ottawa, Canada. We are based at the Ottawa-Carleton Graduate School of Economics, which spans Ottawa's two major universities: Carleton University and University of Ottawa.

Research Collective on Migration and Racism

Director: Stéphanie Garneau, Social Work
July 2018 to June 2021

The Research Collective on Migration and Racism is a multidisciplinary, bilingual group of researchers who aim to bring together two fields of research: migration and racism, as well as the Anglophone and Francophone traditions underlying them.

Past Laboratories

  • QUIBB: Quantitative Investigation of Brain and Behavior (2013-2016), Denis Cousineau, Director
  • African Study and Research Laboratory (ASRL) (2007-2012), Abdoulaye Gueye, Director
  • Federalism and Institutions Study and Research Laboratory (FISRL) (2007-2012), Patrick Fafard, Director
  • Observatoire des nouvelles pratiques symboliques (Onoups) (2009-2013), Dalie Giroux, Director
  • Study and Research Laboratory on Migrations, Mobilities and Social Change (2010-2013), Hélène Pellerin, Director
  • Study and Research Laboratory in Economic Development (RECODE-LAB) (2014-2015), Louis Hotte, Director

Research Groups

Fragile States Research Network (FSRN)

Director: Stephen Baranyi, International Development and Global Studies

The Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) is a network of the uOttawa Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS). Over the past 13 years, they have organized many public events on fragile and conflict-affected societies (FCAS) such as Afghanistan, Colombia and South Sudan, as well as on (often contested) international engagement in such contexts. They have published numerous blogs as well as scholarly books, articles and chapters linked to those events. Bringing together colleagues from several FSS units and using seed money from the Faculty and from CIPS, in June 2022 they launched their first collective research project titled “Re-reading statehood and legitimacy in fragile and conflict societies: Towards a bottom-up analysis”. On that basis, they have also started collaborating with researchers in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Lebanon and Mali.

The Ottawa Dialogue: Canadian roots, global reach.

The Ottawa Dialogue runs sustained, facilitated Track 1.5 and Track Two dialogues in conflict regions around the world. Our research agenda focuses on conflict analysis, third party dialogue-based interventions and best practices relating to “Track Two Diplomacy.” We are a leading source of research and publications about the field. The interplay between our research and insights from the field help us refine our approach to facilitation and dialogue and generate innovative ideas. Our work has been recognized by outlets such as The Economist and we are a member of the Mediation Support Network, a grouping of the worlds’ leading NGOs active in mediation. We provide consultation services to governments and other bodies interested in mediation and conflict management/resolution. Our staff publishes regularly in leading journals and other sites. "

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Interdisciplinary Research Group on the Territories of Extraction (IRGTE)

Director: Karine Vanthuyne, Sociological and Anthropological Studies
July 2017 to June 2020

The objective of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on the Territories of Extraction (IRGTE) is to develop a common and socially significant research program on these issues. It is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of professors and students from the Faculty of Social Sciences (anthropology, development studies and globalization, political science and sociology) and the Faculty of Law, whose research interests span the range of socio-environmental issues raised by the extractive industry.


Director : Julie Laplante, Sociological and Anthropological Studies

Planthropolab (PAL or PALab) is first and foremost an instance of encounters inspired by the vegetal, a sort of palaver tree offering shade and a stage for anthropological performance, art and storytelling. It constitutes a biome, a living space in which humans and plants intertwine to create a theoretical, practical, and speculative body of work. Anchored in graduate studies in anthropology of the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies (SSAS) of the University of Ottawa, this lab offers a mycelial kind of collaboration, and one in which ideas and research might expand toward a symbiosis, an interweaving, of vegetalities and vitalities.

Research Group on the Exploitation of Natural Resources in Asia (R-GENRA)

Director: Jean-François Rousseau, International Development and Global Studies
July 2018 to June 2021

This research group investigates the social and environmental impacts of exploiting resources like water, forests, fish, minerals, and land. We pay specific attention to how sand mining unfolds in China and Southeast Asia and examine the commodity chains that surround this activity.

Sex and Anxiety Research Group (SAX-RG)

Director: Andrea Ashbaugh, Psychology
July 2018 to June 2021

The aim of the SAX-RG is to conduct research that sheds light on why anxiety increases, decreases, or does not affect sexual outcomes in order to improve sexual health and well-being.