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Within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), there exist a large number of research groups, networks, and initiatives. The activities of these groups range from regular paper discussions to full fledged research projects, but all contribute to the depth and wide range of interdisciplinary research in the Faculty of HSS at Memorial. The Nexus Centre hopes to support and work collaboratively with as many interdisciplinary research networks as possible at Memorial, helping to further develop an interactive research culture within the Faculty of HSS.


This research project engages with feminist and other critical social, climate and environmental justice literatures to better understand the experiences of rural and coastal fishing community members broadly defined (e.g. to include racialized migrants, people with disabilities, people from lower socioeconomic standings, women and youth) have been integrated into and/or excluded from Canadian fisheries (e.g., harvesting, processing, aquaculture, food and recreational fisheries, sportfishing) through past, present and imagined future infrastructures. Further, it aims to examine how these processes and practices challenge or reinforce systems of inequalities and oppression and shape our relations to marine animals. Finally, it aims to imagine alternative infrastructure designs that are inclusive, just and equitable models of fish-human relations.

Food Advocacy Research at Memorial

The Food Advocacy Research Network is a group of faculty and students dedicated to research on issues such as food-ways, food sustainability, and food security.

For a New Earth

The For a New Earth initiative draws on perspectives from art, philosophy and science to articulate sustainable approaches to dwelling on Earth. Members are particularly focused on issues and interventions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI)

Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) is a collaborative research project with the overall objective to identify and address diverse infrastructure needs, problems and opportunities in support of sustainable, safe and inclusive coastal communities and ocean industries in Atlantic Canada. Supported primarily by the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), FOCI brings together academic, government, business, non-profit, and Indigenous community partners focused on understanding key aspects of ocean and ecosystem change and developing strategic and effective solutions that can be applied both locally and globally.

Waste and Science and Technology Group

Whether we are studying arsenic from mining waste in the far north, electronic waste in outer space, or plastic pollution in oceans and bodies, we critically examine the confluence of social and material 'matters of concern' as they pertain to waste, broadly defined, using theories and methods from Science and Technology Studies (STS).