Research Clusters

The breadth and diversity of the scholarship, innovation, and creative activity taking place in the Faculty of Arts is dynamic, complex, and impossible to capture in broad strokes. Yet, like the University of Regina, our Faculty is home to several prominent subsets of collective research specialization. Based upon their distinctiveness, research impact, and the research presence of several highly qualified personnel, it is possible to highlight a number of research clusters in the Faculty of Arts. They include:

  • Anxiety, Stress, and Pain
  • Social Justice and Community Safety
  • Water, Environment, and Clean Energy
  • Living Heritage: Identities, Communities, Environments

For more information about the breadth of research expertise at the University of Regina, and other areas of research Arts faculty are engaged in, visit the UofR Research website.  

Anxiety, Stress, and Pain. Pain, anxiety, depression and stress can be understood as being part of a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle. Understanding, evaluating and managing this cycle is the focus of this cluster. Researchers are tackling complex and costly human problems related to anxiety, stress and pain, their clinical evaluation, manifestation, causal factors and their management, with the goal of improving functional ability and quality of life for millions of people. READ MORE>>
Social Justice and Community Safety. This cluster involves research and practice focused on equity and fairness at both individual and systemic levels. It considers inequities in social, political, and economic power, equitable access to opportunities and resources, and research that deals with prevention and protection of communities from circumstances or events that could place in jeopardy the safety of individuals or groups. Researchers in this cluster study a diverse array of topics such as critical theory, labour studies, human rights, Indigenization, post/anti-colonialism, social services, worker safety and worker rights, bullying, community engagement, corrections, genocide, law and law enforcement, emergency preparedness, and victimization. READ MORE>>
Water, Environment, and Clean Energy. The focus of this cluster is identifying the most serious threats to environments in semi-arid regions in Saskatchewan and elsewhere, providing information to decision makers on how to alleviate negative impacts of climate, land-use and pollution on hydrology, water quality and food-web integrity, and developing adaptive management strategies and policies for the impacts of anticipated climate change, population growth and increased development of natural resources. READ MORE>>
Living Heritage: Identities, Communities, Environments. The largest of the identifiable research clusters in the Faculty of Arts, Living Heritage, as defined by UNESCO, is also referred to as intangible culture. Research in this area examines the practices, production/reproduction, expression, spaces, and knowledges that protect the diversity of human creativity and humanity’s collective heritage. Every day, University of Regina researchers focus their efforts on understanding and preserving the dynamic and evolving elements of cultural heritage – oral histories, food heritage (traditional, sustainable cuisine), music, dance, ceremony, the natural world, and aesthetic and spiritual beliefs. READ MORE>>