Social Policy Research Centre

The Social Policy Research Centre, housed within the Faculty of Social Work supports social justice and equity-focused research that addresses issues faced by vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed groups. Our community-engaged research utilizes both Indigenous and Western research approaches with specific attention to social action that will inform changes in policy, practice and education for a sustainable future.


Our researchers explore and address issues such as poverty and income equality; child and youth welfare; newcomers, refugees and immigrants; mental health and addictions; mixed ability issues; and needs of older adults. A cross-cutting theme focuses on social work education, where we apply new knowledge and innovative methods to incorporate into the curriculum.

Research Principles

    • To facilitate social policy and practice research that promotes social justice and fosters individual, family and community development
    •  To support social justice and equity research that focuses on marginalized and oppressed groups
    •  To support research that focuses on community-engagement and research-to-action through informing changes in policy and practice 

SPR Centre Foundation Document   (807 KB)