About the Institute


The institute’s primary research focus aligns closely with the four pillars identified by Living SJ after a widespread community consultation for a Saint John social renewal strategy.

The four pillars are:

  • education
  • health
  • employment
  • neighbourhoods and housing

Any topic dealing with urban and community affairs fall within the institute’s umbrella of interest, such as:

  • urban governance
  • community and heritage planning
  • local cultural policy

Education and academic training

The institute promotes and supports undergraduate and graduate studies in one of the academic priority areas of the UNB Saint John campus: business, social and community development.

This may involve:

  • new academic programming
  • facilitating more experiential learning
  • co-op opportunities (incl. the UNB Saint John co-op programs for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration)
  • the supervision of graduate and post-doctoral student research projects