The School of Social Work is committed to supporting collaborative, inter-disciplinary research opportunities for faculty and students.


Our school is home to active programs of research focused on some of the most challenging health and social issues facing Canadians.

The Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC Okanagan

The Institute is a partnership between the UBC School of Social Work, community living organizations and supporters seeking to further the inclusion and full citizenship of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Institute is Canada’s only university-based research centre with a dedicated focus on social policy and issues concerned with the full inclusion and citizenship of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Co-Director of the Institute is Dr. Rachelle Hole. Dr. Hole was recently named Researcher of the Year, one of three researchers awarded this title on the Okanagan campus this year. A significant focus of her research is on the transitioning of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities into the workforce.

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Dr. Susan J. Wells was awarded infrastructure funding from the Canadian Fund for Innovation to establish a unique research centre focused on services for children and families. The Centre is dedicated to identifying the differential effectiveness of child welfare interventions for diverse Canadian populations and supporting the implementation of these services. Attention to diverse populations is exceedingly important as Canada seeks to redress the many historic wrongs associated with child welfare and other government-funded services.

In recognition of the importance of inter-professional collaboration in this work, the Centre is situated in the Faculty of Health and Social Development and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Centre contributes to research for evidence-based practice and participates in training the next generation of researchers, clinicians, and policy makers through training graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Visit the Centre

Faculty Research

Curious about faculty research projects? Visit our faculty directory for profiles.

Faculty Profiles


There are many different ways to donate to our programs and research projects. If you’d like to donate to the school please click on the link below.