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HSS Research Units

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.


Collaborative Applied Research in Economics

CARE initiative brings together applied research economists who are located in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Maritimes and throughout Canada. Its objective is to promote applied economic research within the region.


Discard Studies

The Discard Studies Blog is designed as an online gathering place for scholars, activists, environmentalists, students, artists, planners, and others whose work touches on themes relevant to the study of waste and wasting. As its starting point, Discard Studies holds that waste is not produced by individuals and is not automatically disgusting, harmful, or morally offensive, but that both the materials of discards and their meanings are part of wider sociocultural-economic systems.


English Language Research Centre

The Centre’s mandate is to encourage and facilitate the investigation of the English language in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to continue research in languages, place-names, and family names.


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.


Memorial University Folklore Archive

MUNFLA is recognized as Canada’s foremost repository for recorded and collected items of Newfoundland and Labrador folklore, folklife, language, oral history, and popular culture. Established in 1968, this multi-media archive is an integral part of the teaching and research activities of the Department of Folklore at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; it is also widely used by various members of the Arts community and other members of the public in general.


Memorial University’s Branch Research Data Centre (RDC)

Did you know that you can now access Statistics Canada microdata at Memorial’s St. John’s Campus? The RDC is an extension of Statistics Canada offices, providing access to population and household surveys, administrative data holdings, and linked data. Software available for statistical analyses includes SAS, STATA, SPSS and R. The RDC is accessible only to faculty members or students with approved projects, and operates under the provisions of the Statistics Act.


On the Move

The On the Move partnership is a multi-year study of changing migration patterns related to employment in Canada, and the impact of these movements on families and communities.


Too Big to Ignore

The Too Big to Ignore project is an international project devoted to sustainability issues in small-scale fisheries around the globe.


Toxic Legacies Project

The Toxic Legacies Project is a community-based project working on strategies for commemorating underground arsenic at Yellowknife's abandoned Giant Mine and communicating the long-term hazards of the site to future generations.


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).