Department Research Centres & Labs

Centre for Community Disaster Research 

The Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR) is a trans-disciplinary centre for research, education, and outreach related to natural, social, technological and economic disasters. The Centre is mandated with promoting rigorous academic research that is led by community need and involves university researchers, students, community groups, government stakeholders, and end-users of research as meaningful partners.

Following the catastrophic Southern Alberta flood of 2013, the CCDR grew out of widespread recognition that communities across Alberta, Canada, and the world will increasingly need to plan and prepare for extreme events. The Centre strives to generate academic research, sustained discussions, programming, and policy recommendations that will help to mitigate disaster risk, lessen vulnerability, and contribute to community resilience.

Several faculty members in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology are affiliated with the CCDR. The Centre also benefits from intellectual and logistical support from the Department, as well as in-kind support from the Faculty of Arts.

Anthropology Research Lab

Mount Royal University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology has two dedicated spaces for research and teaching in Anthropology. Research project members in Archaeology and Bioanthropology also have access to specialized equipment available in multidisciplinary laboratories across campus.

Hands-on research and learning opportunities exist for faculty, staff, and students who work with archaeological teaching and research collections in the B282 Shared Research Laboratory. Individuals interested in gaining experience are encouraged to contact Anthropology Faculty supervisors with active research programs, Dr. Samanti Kulatilake and Dr. Rebecca Gilmour.

For more information on the department's laboratory facilities and collections, please contact the Lab/Instructional Assistant.