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University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick (UNB), has origins dating back to 1785. Research at UNB is active over an array of subjects and encompasses approximately 70% of all university research in the province of New Brunswick. Helping develop the next generation of alternative energy technologies, helping lay the groundwork for smarter, safer computing, aiding in the protection of the environment and assisting in furthering humanity’s understanding of the world around us. UNB is keenly interested in forming research partnerships with other academic institutions, government, NFPs, NGOs, and the private sector that will benefit UNB, our partners, our province, our region, and our country.

Research Capabilities


  • Archaeology/Anthropology
    • First Peoples Archaeology
    • Community-driven Anthropology and its Ramifications in Legal and Economic Spheres
    • Human Health Issues in the Modern World
    • Community-based Fisheries Management
  • Classics
    • The Roman Mint
    • The Study of Hellenistic Jews
    • The Homes and Households of Roman Greece
  • English
    • Early Modern Studies
    • Canadian and Post-Colonial Literature
    • American Literature
  • Economics
    • Immigration
    • Population and Social Policy
    • Environmental Economics
    • Canadian Economy
    • Healthcare
  • History
    • Canadian Military History
    • Canadian Cultural History
    • Environmental History
    • European Culture and Colonial History
    • Medical History
  • Political Science
    • Aboriginal Government
    • Democratic Engagement
    • International
    • Public Law
    • Women/Feminism in Politics
  • Sociology
    • Social Structures
    • Social Relationships
    • Social Change


  • Centre de recherche sure l’espace francophone (CREF)
  • Centre for Hellenic Studies
  • Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society
  • Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research
  • New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT)
  • Policy Studies Centre
  • Psychological Wellness Centre (PWC)
  • Statistics Canada NB Research Data Centre
  • Urban Studies and Community Institute

Business Administration

Computer Science

  • Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardware/Software Co-Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Performance Computing
  • Network and Information Security
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer and Data Communication
  • Wireless and Mobile Computing
  • Machine Learning and Data/Text Mining
  • Web Services

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • Information Technology Centre
    Provides a means for UNB and researchers to interact with the information and communications technology industry.
  • IBM Centre for Advanced Studies
    Promotes and cultivates collaborative research between IBM and UNB).
  • Advanced Computational Research Laboratory
    Provides high performance computing resources for research and instruction to UNB and many other universities in Atlantic Canada.
  • Information Security Centre of Excellence
    Promotes research on information and communication security.
  • Intelligent & Adaptive Systems Group
    Promotes research on machine and statistical learning, data mining, intelligent agents and multi-agent systems.


  • Adult Education
  • Administration and Leadership
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Exceptional Learners
  • Critical Studies
  • Instructional Design
  • Early Childhood Education

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC):
    Furthering second language education in Canada and abroad through research into teacher preparation, bilingual program evaluation and policy development.
  • Early Childhood Centre (EEC)
    Facilitating research and development into early childhood education and care including early schooling, family and community education and early year intervention.
  • Health and Education Research Group (HERG)
    Developing collaborative research alliances and applied research expertise to improve the physical, psychological and educational health of individuals and communities.
  • Atlantic Centre for Educational Administration and Leadership (ACEAL)
    Seeking to bring high quality services such as capacity building services, international development projects and dissemination of leadership materials, to the places where teachers and administrators work and live.
  • Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre (MWC)
    Promoting the professional growth and self-determination of the First Nations through its programs, services and research into culturally appropriate curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP)
    Conducting policy research aimed at improving the education and care of Canadian children and youth. Contributing to the training of social scientists in quantitative research methods and supporting low-income countries in their efforts to build research capacity in child development.

Engineering (Fredericton)

  • Chemical
    • Nuclear Engineering: Corrosion
    • Catalysis: Biofuels, Nanoparticles Recirculation Aquaculture Systems
    • Pulp & Paper: Bio-refinery, Mechanical Pulping
    • Nanotechnology
    • Surfaces: Polymers, Adsorption, Porous
  • Civil
    • Concrete Materials
    • Environmental: Wastewater Management
    • Transportation
    • Highway Construction and Pavement
    • Road Safety
    • Soil Structure
  • Geodesy and Geomatics
    • Geodesy
    • Positioning and Navigation Systems
    • Ocean Mapping
    • Advanced Geomatics Image Processing
    • GIS and Spatial Data Infrastructure
    • Engineering and Mining Surveys
  • Electrical and Computer
    • Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics
    • Myoelectric Controls/Biomechanics
    • Fibre Optic Systems
    • Communications
    • Sensor Networks
    • Embedded System Design
    • Biomedical Signal Processing; Neural Networks
    • Adaptive Signal Processing; Speech Recognition
    • Power and Sustainable/Renewable Energy
    • Software Engineering/Software Tools
  • Mechanical
    • Acoustics and Vibration
    • Biomedical
    • Manufacturing and Materials Processing
    • Mechatronics and Design
    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Robotics and Applied Mechanics
    • Thermofluids and Aerodynamics
  • Biomedical
    • Electromyography
    • Prosthetics and Control Systems
    • Neural Engineering
    • Human Motion Analysis
    • Rehabilitation Engineering
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Ergonomics
    • Clinical Engineering
    • Medical Device Design and Development

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • Ballistics and Mechanical Testing Lab
    High impact analysis, Environmental testing, functional testing and material characterization.
  • Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering
    Committing to the research, development, and implementation of innovative precision surveying and geomechanics solutions.
  • Centre for Nuclear Energy Research
    Focusing on corrosion process research, primarily in high-pressure/high-temperature water.
  • Construction Technology Centre Atlantic
    Providing a bridge between recent developments in construction research and industry partners.
  • Institute of Biomedical Engineering
    Furthering education, research and community service in biomedical engineering.
  • Limerick Pulp and Paper Research Centre
    Developing technologies for Canada’s pulp and paper industries including: pulping, bleaching, papermaking and effluent treatment.

Forestry and Environmental Management

  • Soils and Watershed Management
  • Forest Biology and Genetics
  • Forest Management
  • Remote Sensing
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wood Science and Engineering
  • Natural Resource Social Sciences

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • Forest Watershed Research Centre
    A partnership of industry, university and government dedicated to developing, applying and communicating watershed research to promote sustainable and integrated forest management policies and practices.
  • The Integrated Forest Management Lab
    Finding solutions to modern challenges in forestry that combine the best ideas and expertise from all aspects of the forestry profession.
  • Wood Science and Technology Centre
    Promoting conservation, sustainability and productivity through engineering, innovation and the efficient utilization of the forest resources.
  • Canadian Bio-Energy Centre
    Promoting the sustainable and responsible use of forest and agricultural bio-resources within industry for a plurality of goods and services.


  • Movement Analysis
  • Health and Rehabilitation Research
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Fitness and Performance Analysis
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Coaching Healthy Habits
  • Sport and Leisure History
  • School Nutrition
  • Sport and Media
  • Individual and Family Recreation, Sport Management and Marketing
  • Natural Resource-based Recreation Sport Psychology
  • Applied Ethics in Sport, Leisure and Health
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Therapy

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory
    Discovering, disseminating and applying knowledge in the biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology of human movement.

    • 12 Vicon Nexus T160 cameras, Zerowire EMG system, Delsys Trigno wireless 8ch EMG, Noraxon wireless system, Cybex isokinetic dynamometer, XSensor pressure imaging system, Kistler force plates, BalanceQuest (balance tracking, IScan 3D pupil tracking system)
  • Clinical Gait Analysis Service
    Rehabilitation programs and services challenging individuals with and without disabilities to progress to their maximum functional independence, physical ability and quality of life. Provider for clinical gait analysis services to the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (SCCR).
  • Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory
    Understanding human cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular responses to physical activity.
  • Occupational Performance Laboratory
    Studying ergonomic, biomechanical and human factor concerns related to workplace injury development and strategies for injury reduction.
  • Motor Control, Learning and Sport Performance Analysis Laboratories
    Exploring factors affecting information processing, issues of inhibitory control and motor learning (skill acquisition).


  • Achieving social change through legal practice and the law
  • Understanding cause lawyer approaches, actions, and strategies in Canada
  • Exploring the realities and impacts of Canadian civil procedure
  • Developing peaceful assembly’s content for the Canadian context
  • Dispute resolution (e.g., negotiation, mediation)
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning as it relates to legal education
  • Motive and purpose in Anglo-Canadian private liability
  • Lawful act duress
  • Securities regulation, insider trading, and market manipulation
  • Cybersecurity and privacy law
  • Relationship between defamation and free expression
  • Equality and voidability in contract
  • Taxation (personal, corporate and international)
  • Categories of relational justice
  • Promise and limitations of liberal political theory for rehabilitating section l5 of the Charter
  • Patent law in Canada: infringement and novelty
  • English law: personal obligations & legal theory

Nursing (Fredericton)

  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Effect of chronic illness (physical and mental) on individuals and families
  • Living with eating disorders
  • Health in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities
  • Violence, gender and health
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Measurement of health and nursing outcomes
  • Innovations in nursing education
  • Philosophies and ethics of social justice and professional practice
  • Alternative approaches to healthcare delivery
  • Leadership in inter-professional practice
  • Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV) through a sociocultural lens
  • Parenting and children’s health
  • Knowledge mobilization
  • Healthy aging

Science (Fredericton)

  • Biology
    • Aquatic Ecosystem Science
    • Aquaculture Science and Biotechnology
    • Biodiversity
    • Conservation Science
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Molecular, Cell and Developmental
    • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Material Science
    • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
    • Natural Products Isolation and Synthesis
    • Molecular Spectroscopy
    • Rechargeable Organic Batteries
    • Molecular Switches
  • Earth Sciences
    • Hydrogeology and Environmental Geochemistry
    • Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology
    • Geology and Geochemistry of Ore Deposits
    • Uranium-lead Geochronology
    • Volcanology o Planetary Geology
    • Rock Physics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Algebraic Combinatorics and Geometry
    • Applied Statistics
    • Dynamical Systems and Mathematical Biology
    • Mathematical Physics
    • Operator Theory and Non-Commutative Geometry
  • Physics
    • Atomic and Molecular Laser Spectroscopy
      Quantum Mechanics of Atoms and Molecules
      Experimental Spectroscopy
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
      MRI Methods Development
      Application of Magnetic Resonance to Problems in Materials Science
    • Atmospheric and Space Physics
      Plasma Behaviour
      Polar Network of GPS and Ionosondes
      Observation and Modeling of the Middle Atmosphere

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • MRI Research Centre
    Inventing and successfully applying new magnetic resonance imaging methods.
  • Planetary and Space Science Centre
    One of 17 worldwide NASA-designated facilities providing imagery, maps and data from NASA-led space missions.
  • Canadian Rivers Institute
    Developing the aquatic science required to understand, protect and sustain water sources for the region, nation and the planet.
  • Centre for Environmental and Molecular Algal Research (CEMAR)
    Investigating macroalgal and microalgal species.
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
    Providing imaging and analytical services and training related to microscopy, microanalysis and x-ray analysis to universities, government and industry.
  • Centre for Laser, Atomic, and Molecular Sciences
    Combining the expertise and facilities of all the theoretical and experimental spectroscopy groups in the Physics and Chemistry departments.
  • Applied Statistics Centre
    Assisting with data analysis, experimental design and other uses of statistical methodology.

Science, Applied Science and Engineering (Saint John)

  • Biology
    • Marine
    • Environmental
    • River Sciences
    • Terrestrial
    • Toxicology and Genetics
    • Aquaculture
  • Computer Science and Applied Statistics
    • Software Engineering
    • Wireless and Mobile Computing
    • Computational Data Analysis
    • Semantic Technologies
    • Biostatistics
  • Engineering
    • Transportation Modelling and Systems Analysis
    • Road and Motor Vehicle Safety
    • Transportation Logistics and Operations
    • Research Infrastructure Management Systems and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
    • Marine and Intermodal Transportation
  • Chemistry
    • Natural Products
    • Chemical Ecology
    • Laser-based Studies of Environmental and Atmospheric Molecules
    • Conformational Studies of Biomolecules
    • Benchmark Laboratory Astrophysics Database
    • Dynamics – Intramolecular Vibrational Energy Redistribution
  • Nursing & Health Sciences
    • Healthcare Transitions, System Change and Patient Safety
    • Chronic Illness and Whole Person Care
    • Inter-professional Education and Interdisciplinary Practice
    • Homelessness

Special Equipment/Facilities

  • Canadian Rivers Institute
    Developing aquatic science needed to understand, protect and sustain water resources for the region, nation, and the planet.
  • Seaweed and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Laboratory
    Studying the eco-physiology and biochemistry of seaweeds of commercial value and development of IMTA systems for environmental sustainability, economic stability and societal acceptability.
  • Bruce MacDonald Laboratory
    Focusing on how marine suspension-feeding invertebrates are adapted to local habitats, with particular regard given to physiological or behavioural mechanisms that facilitate energy gain to support growth and reproduction.
  • Long-term Experimental Wetlands Area (LEWA)
    Examining the effects of widely used herbicides on amphibian, invertebrate and plant communities.
  • Kate Frego Bryophyte Laboratory
    Studying bryophyte responses to forest management and potential mechanisms of response.
  • MADSAM Sturgeon Physiology Laboratory
    Studying the influence of various environmental endogenous stresses on metabolism in fish.
  • Heather Hunt Laboratory
    Studying the physical and biological processes influencing the structure and organization of benthic marine invertebrate communities.
  • Natural Products Research Group
    Seeking to isolate and identify natural products with significant potential for application as therapeutic agents.
  • Chris Baker Laboratory
    Developing knowledge management and semantic technologies.
  • Laser Instrumentation and Spectrometers Group
    Developing practical applications for the use of lasers in industry.

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