UQAM's International Centres

UQAM has established a large number of research institutes, chairs and centres that carry out a particularly wide range of international activities.


  • The Montreal Institute of International Studies (IEIM)
    IEIM was founded in 2002 with the aim of bringing together and coordinating the activities in research, teaching and training, and dissemination of knowledge in the field of international studies at UQAM. Although it is based at UQAM and attached to the Faculty of Political Science and Law there, IEIM has an interdisciplinary and inter-university vocation and orientation.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3667
E-mail address: ieim@uqam.ca

  • The Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)
    ISE is an integrated network of resources in environmental sciences. Its general objective is to encourage the development of training and research in the environmental sciences. The Institute is by definition multidisciplinary, multidepartmental and multisectorial. It aims to improve the links between the natural and applied sciences and the social sciences and the humanities in the endeavour to resolve environmental problems.

Telephone number: (514) 987-4717
E-mail address: ise@uqam.ca 

  • Health and Society Institute (ISS)
    The objective of ISS is to encourage the development of health research carried out by its members and to increase the visibility of this work in the scientific community and among various actors on the local, national, and international levels.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2250
E-mail address: iss@uqam.ca 

  • Institute of Feminist Research and Studies (IREF)
    Created in 1990, IREF is a privileged base for coordination, research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination in the field of feminist studies, on the local, national, and international levels. The Institute has succeeded in building up, at UQAM, one of the widest-ranging interdisciplinary study centres in Quebec and in the rest of Canada on the condition of women, feminisms, and social relations between the genders. Citizenship, social commitment, democracy, sexuality, violence, and inequality are among the themes dealt with.

Telephone number: (514) 987-6587
E-mail address: iref@uqam.ca

  • Institute of Cognitive Sciences (ISC)
    Founded in 2003, ISC aims to encourage research, interdisciplinary exchange, and competency development in the cutting-edge fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics, artificial intelligence, the cognitive neurosciences, cognitive information technology, and the philosophy of the mind.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2673
E-mail address: isc@uqam.ca

Research Chairs

  • ORBICOM – Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications
    Jointly created in 1994 by UNESCO and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Orbicom is a network of 250 associate members and 31 UNESCO chairs in communications, present in all the regions of the world. Orbicom is an international network that links communications leaders from academic, media, corporate, and government circles with a view to stimulating the exchange of information and implementing shared projects that aim to promote communications development. Orbicom is committed to developing dynamic research, teaching, training and publishing projects that will lead to more participatory communications processes. Greater access to information and increased ways of sharing knowledge affect social development, democratization, and good governance.

Telephone number: (514) 987-8743
E-mail address: orbicom@uqam.ca

  • Canada Research Chair on the Social Economy (CES)
    The CES Chair analyzes the role of social innovation in social economy businesses and organizations. Priority is given to three research orientations: governance, funding, and evaluation and data bases. Its two principal areas of study are proximity services and collective services.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2577
E-mail address: chaire.ecosoc@uqam.ca

  • Canada Research Chair in Education and Health (CReCES)
    The CReCES Chair is dedicated to setting up, validating, implementing, and evaluating different innovative educational strategies in health promotion. These strategies are principally inspired by approved theories and models in the field of education, and are directed towards the active participation of vulnerable groups in the learning process. These educational strategies will be tested and evaluated not only in schools, but in community and clinical settings.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 7874
E-mail address: creces@uqam.ca

  • Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education (ERE)
    The ERE Chair has a threefold mission: (1) to contribute to the development of new knowledge and to stimulate research in environmental education; (2) to train new researchers in this field; (3) to strengthen links between research, educational intervention and social action to contribute to the development of an "educational society" that strives to enhance the network of "people - society - environment" relations. To fulfill its mission, the Chair combines three complementary perspectives: the environmental, the educational, and the pedagogical perspective. The Chair carries out its actions in the school, community, and university milieus.

Telephone number: (514) 987-6749
E-mail address: chaire.educ.env@uqam.ca

  • Canada Research Chair in Aesthetics and Poetics (CEP)
    The CEP Chair analyzes a body of literary works produced in Quebec and the rest of Canada by authors of diverse cultural horizons. This vast study will make it possible to decipher the way that individual and collective identities are shaped in the intercultural context of postindustrial and postcolonial societies. This research will contribute to the renewal of theories of perception and identity by building bridges between different disciplines such as the cognitive sciences, language sciences, and sociology.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 3796
E-mail address: ouellet.pierre@uqam.ca (Pierre Ouellet, Chairholder)

  • Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies (CREQC)
    The construction of political communities in a regional, national, and international framework is CREQC's area of study, to which it has attached a body of formative activities for advanced research and for local, national, and international public education. The Chair favours the notion of representation as its principal interpretative angle. It studies representation from three main perspectives (cultural and political diversity, multiple identities, and federal citizenship) and adopts a comparative approach to better interpret Quebec and Canadian reality.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 1609
E-mail address: creqc@uqam.ca

  • Canada Research Chair on Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy (MCD)
    The principal objective of the MCD Chair is to produce a general theory of the new political regulations in developed democratic societies. Research focuses on the transformations of the different institutional realms characterizing modern societies and in the emergence of new forms of citizenship, political community, democracy, and social justice. The study of these transformations is approached through various forms of representation (philosophical basis, social discourse, political discourse, expert discourse). Studies are structured around four main themes: democracy and market economy in the Americas; ethics and politics in pluralist societies; the State and new forms of political regulation; financialization and mutations of capitalism.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 3366
E-mail address: chaire.mcd@uqam.ca

  • Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage
    The aim of the studies carried out by this chair in urban heritage is to explore the architectural legacy of cities of the 21st century, when increased communication and population mobility bring new challenges to the identification and the promotion of heritage value. Research work focuses on the notion of heritage as a guide in decisions taken by civic authorities.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2562
E-mail address: noppen.luc@uqam.ca (Luc Noppen, Chairholder)

  • Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science  
    This chair in cognitive science is working towards the elaboration of theoretical and computer models of the human brain's capacity to sort the data it receives into concrete or abstract categories – thus forming concepts – and to describe them using language. These studies, which pertain to the foundations of consciousness and language and to the categorization process of the human mind, merge several disciplines, including psychology, computer science, philosophy, and linguistics.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2297
E-mail address: harnad.stevan@uqam.ca (Harnad Stevan, Chairholder)

  • Canada Research Chair on Socioterritorial Conflict and Local Governance
    This research chair in socio-territorial conflict and local governance was created on July 1, 2007. Based in the Geography Department of UQAM, the Chair seeks to deepen the understanding of the processes of socio-territorial change arising from conflictual activity in living environments. The Chair aims to renew the understanding of the socio-territorial processes and territorial management by placing conflictual activity at the heart of the analysis, not only as a manifestation of tensions, but also as an indicator of compromise between the many actors operating in the territory.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 5042
E-mail address: trudelle.catherine@uqam.ca (Catherine Trudelle, Chairholder)

  • Chair in Public Relations and Marketing Communications (CRPCM)   
    The mission of the CRPCM Chair is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge, to the training of students, and to the public debate on all matters pertaining to the practice of the profession of public relations practitioner and its role in Quebec society. Among other activities, it studies the questions and issues related to the conditions and the practice of public relations in the context of the democratization of information in our society, with a reflection on the evolution of the profession.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 0859
E-mail address: motulsky.bernard@uqam.ca (Bernard Motulsky, Chairholder)

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 6972
E-mail address: crsdd@uqam.ca

  • Transat Chair in Tourism
    The mission of the Transat Chair in Tourism is to foster the growth and visibility of the Quebec tourism industry through research, dissemination of information and the development of training, and to encourage partnerships with key actors in tourism in Quebec, the rest of Canada, and on an international level.

Telephone number: (514) 987-6671
E-mail address: chaire.tourisme@uqam.ca

  • Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies
    Created in 1996, the Raoul-Dandurand Chair set itself a training, research, and information mission in the field of international relations among universities, State and international organizations, and the private sector. This chair fosters the development of research on strategic and diplomacy issues through the exploration of six main themes: the United States, geopolitics, the Middle East, security and terrorism, the economy and security, and peace missions.

Telephone number: (514) 987-6781
E-mail address: chaire.strat@uqam.ca

  • UNESCO Chair for the Study of the Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Democratic Society  
    This UNESCO Chair, officially created in 1999, is the eighth in the world network of UNESCO Chairs of Philosophy, and the first in North America to be recognized by UNESCO in the field of philosophy. As a pole for excellence on a North-South axis within this network, the Chair works together with the philosophical communities of Africa and Latin America. In Canada, the chair collaborates with several university centres and with NGOs with convergent disciplinary interests and practices. Its studies are anchored in the fields of political philosophy and the philosophy of law in an interdisciplinary perspective.

Telephone number: (514) 987-0384

  • UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change 
    The essential mission of the UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change is to develop fundamental and applied research in external geodynamics, with particular attention to the natural and anthropogenic mechanisms that are likely to cause major environmental changes in the coming decades and in this century as a whole.

Telephone number: (514) 987-4630
E-mail address: unenv@uqam.ca

  • UNESCO Chair in Communication and technology for the development 
    The UNESCO Chair is in keeping with the policy adopted by the UNESCO General Council in 1989 aimed at promoting democratic cultures and the development of media infrastructures, freedom of expression, the pluralistic use of information, and respect for human rights. This Chair seeks to promote decompartmentalization and multidisciplinarity in the following areas of research, expertise, and intervention: access to information and communications technologies (ICT), social uses of ICT, communications and international development, national information policies, institutional/organizational communications, and media development and management.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 0385
E-mail address: unesco.com@uqam.ca


Institutional and Inter-university Centres

  • Centre for the Study of Integration and Globalization (CEIM)
    CEIM is interested in international issues. Its principal mandate is to study, in an interdisciplinary perspective, the transformations taking place in the international economy, international law, and foreign policy, in the light of globalization. Research is oriented around four principal themes: (1) Economic regionalism and market integration; (2) Globalization and new governance networks; (3) Culture, globalization, and societies; (4) Globalization, integration, and economic reconfigurations.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 3910
E-mail address: ceim@uqam.ca

  • Centre for Forest Research (CEF)
    CEF is a new university network unique in Quebec, as it brings together the Province's scientific expertise in forestry. This encourages an overall vision that links the understanding of the functional roles of organizations and of dynamic processes in forest ecosystems with the conception of innovative alternatives in forest management (planning strategies and sylvicultural practices). The strength of CEF lies in its integration of the scientific knowledge necessary to design the strategies and practices that will make it possible to shift from sectorial management to an ecosystemic management of forest territories. Twentieth-century forest management must also take new phenomena into account (biological invasions, climate change, fragmentation of habitats).

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 4321
E-mail address: messier.christian@uqam.ca (Christian Messier, director)

Telephone number: (514) 987-8929
E-mail address: cepes@uqam.ca

  • Centre for the Study of International Law and Globalization (CEDIM)
    Established in 1995, CEDIM is a research centre in international law providing a forum for intra- and interdisciplinary analysis of the legal aspects of globalization. CEDIM develops its reflection within five main themes: the challenges to the exercise of the rights of persons, groups, and peoples in a context of economic and political integration; the proliferation and fragmentation of international institutions and the "constitution" of an international community; the responsibility of States and non-state actors in the new conflicts and the new security framework; sustainable development; and the role of individuals and social groups in the development of international norms.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 7933
E-mail address: cedim@uqam.ca

  • Centre for the Study of Biological Interactions between Health and the Environment (CINBIOSE)
    CINBIOSE is a research centre at UQAM whose activities are carried out within an ecosystemic approach to human and collective health. CINBIOSE's research is grounded in an integrated, critical global eco-health perspective. Through its research and training activities in the areas of health, work, gender, society, and the environment in Quebec and elsewhere, CINBIOSE has won international praise for its innovative contributions to the advancement of knowledge and scientific and public debate. Since 1998, CINBIOSE has been recognized by the World Health Organization and by the Pan American Health Organization as a collaborating centre in early detection and the prevention of illnesses related to the workplace and to the environment.

Telephone number: 514-987-3000, ext. 4759
E-mail address: cinbiose@uqam.ca

  • Centre for Research on Immigration, Ethnicity and Citizenship (CRIEC)
    CRIEC is interested in the issues concerning immigration, cultural diversity, the nation, and citizenship, on the theoretical level and in their concrete form within western societies. CRIEC's team carries out research in several areas related to this general question, including: citizenship, democracy and pluralism, multiculturalism and diversity recognition policy, the Quebec nation and cultural diversity, women, gender, nations and citizenship, the associative movement and ethnic and/or racial identities, racism, discrimination, and intersectoriality.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 3318
E-mail address: criec@uqam.ca 

  • Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Diversity in Quebec (CRIDAQ)
    Created in June, 2003, CRIDAQ invites jurists, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, and historians to study the questions inherent to diversity policies in the context of globalization and transnationalism. Diversity is the central focus of CRIDAQ, and the Centre's originality lies in its analysis of this subject's multiple aspects, whence the judicious presence of the legal, philosophical, sociological, historical, and political science perspectives. CRIDAQ's work, based essentially on an interdisciplinary approach, innovates by a global approach to diversity that brings out the issues involved in intercommunity relations and in living together.

Telephone number: (514) 987-4544
E-mail address: cridaq@uqam.ca

  • Inter-university Centre for Studies in the Humanities, Arts and Traditions (CELAT)
    CELAT is dedicated to the development, dissemination, and promotion of new knowledge, as well as to advanced training in the field of cultural studies. The researchers at CELAT study the historical formation and the contemporary dynamics of cultural, individual, and collective identities. Although attention is particularly focussed on the Quebec situation, the comparative approach is widely applied to avoid limiting interpretation to a single frame of reference.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 1664
E-mail address: arsenault.daniel@uqam.ca  (Daniel Arsenault, Director)

  • Research Group on Mining Activities in Africa (GRAMA)
    Founded in 1998, GRAMA pursues a triple mandate of research, training, and participation in decision-making processes concerning the economic and social issues which have arisen due to the growing presence of mining activities in Africa. GRAMA works within an international political economy perspective and constitutes a forum for reflection and a meeting place for multidisciplinary researchers interested in issues related to economic, social, and environmental development in Africa and corporate social responsibility.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000 ext. 2462
E-mail address: grama@uqam.ca

  • Research Group on Political Imaginaries in Latin America (GRIPAL)
    GRIPAL was founded in autumn, 2000, motivated by the realization that analyses of Latin America have rarely taken the imaginary dimension of society into account. The dominant discourse, increasingly internationalized, disregards the role played by the social imaginary. Against this shrinking of the conceptual horizon with respect to Latin America, GRIPAL's interdisciplinary team of professors and researchers aim to offer a coherent critique of the internationalized technocentric discourse dominated by economic parametres. Above all, it strives to take reflection further by elaborating innovative theoretical and methodological tools in its study of the empowering character of the imaginary.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2518 and ext. 3506
E-mail address: info@gripal.ca

  • Research Group on Continental Integration (GRIC)
    GRIC studies issues related to regional integration in the Americas in their economic, institutional, and social dimensions. Current research mainly concerns the following themes: the links between regionalism and globalization; the processes of economic integration and negotiations taking place in the Americas; the comparison of various integration models.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 8902
E-mail address: ggagne@ubishops.ca (Gilbert Gagné, Director)

  • Research Group on the Study of International and Comparative Consumer Law (GREDICC)
    GREDICC was created in March 2004 as a research unit within the Law Department of UQAM. Its general objective is to constitute a pole of excellence for research on matters related to consumer protection from the perspectives of international and comparative law. Particular attention is directed towards new issues raised by changes in contemporary markets, such as constraints due to the integration of sustainable development in consumption patterns, the effectiveness of market surveillance modes, the role of private regulation instruments, fragmentation caused by market globalization, and the status of consumer protection policy in regional and world contexts.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 1635
E-mail address: bourgoignie.thierry@uqam.ca (Thierry Bourgoignie, Director)

  • Working Group on Private Law (GRDP)
    Constituted at the beginning of the 1990s, GRDP brings together members of the teaching staff of UQAM's Law Department who give courses in private law and carry out research activities in this disciplinary field. Besides the development of new knowledge, GRDP analyzes the judiciary and social issues that arise in certain private law contexts (access to justice, new models of conjugal and family life, consumer protection, transfers of rights, etc.).

E-mail address: gidrol-mistral.gael@uqam.ca (Gaële Gidrol-Mistral, Director)

  • Working Group on International Criminal and Humanitarian Law (GREPIH)
    The primary mission of GREPIH is the advancement of international criminal law (ICL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) by facilitating the development of its members' projects. The group's main objectives are: to improve the dissemination of information on issues related to ICL and IHL; to encourage the exchange of ideas among members; to support and stimulate interest in these fields; and to contribute to the development of law through specific projects.

E-mail address: grepih@gmail.com


International Centres

  • Centre for Studies and Research on Brazil (CERB)
    CERB is an interdisciplinary forum for all the Brazil-related research and studies programs at Université du Québec à Montréal. Over the last decade and a half, UQAM has developed a solid expertise on Brazil, establishing relations with 22 Brazilian universities, institutes, and research centres from the Amazon to Rio Grande do Sul, including Pará, Bahia, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. CERB's projects touch upon a wide range of fields from literature and the arts to education, earth sciences, health, communications, the environment, urban studies, and strategic and diplomatic studies. In 2008, UQAM celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first agreements with Brazilian universities.

E-mail address: brasil@uqam.ca

  • Tourism and Heritage Research Centre (CRTP)
    The Tourism and Heritage Research Centre is an interdisciplinary research group established at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). In addition to its researchers and research units, the CRTP also has three institutional members: The Transat Chair in Tourism, The Canadian Research Chair on Urban Heritage, and the peer reviewed research journal Téoros. Research activities overseen by the CRTP are based on the centre’s two areas of research: the first being the development of tourism, and the second, the vitalization and management of heritage sites.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 2123
E-mail address: CRTP@uqam.ca


  • International Polar Tourism Research Network  
    This polar tourism research network is an online tool created for specialists in the field, with the aim of fostering exchange and collaboration.  The Network is not only addressed to researchers, but also to operators, consultants, students, and leaders involved in the polar tourism industry.

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 1796
E-mail address: polartourism@uqam.ca


Academic Activities

  • International Clinic for the Defence of Human Rights (CIDDHU)
    The CIDDHU Clinic is an academic activity carried out by teams of students working under the direct supervision of attorney-professors, in which the participants undertake various initiatives aimed at the promotion and protection of human rights in the world, in collaboration with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Telephone number: (514) 987-3000, ext. 3892
E-mail address: ciddhu@uqam.ca



Research and creativity units (french)