Gorsebrook Research Institute

The Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre concerned with a variety of social, economic, and cultural issues specific to Canada's Atlantic region. Established in 1982 at Saint Mary's University, the Institute was funded in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). Additional support is received from Saint Mary's University. The Gorsebrook has a long history of involvement in the issues that shape Atlantic Canada.

News & Events

  • Canadian Coastal Histories Online Workshop November 19–20, 2021 - PDF
  • International Symposium at Chéticamp (Cape Breton Island) from 27-28 August 2021 - PDF
  • GRI Newsletter June 2021 - PDF
  • GRI Funding Opportunities 2021 - PDF

Our Mandate

The primary goals of the Gorsebrook Research Institute are:

  • To encourage and facilitate social, economic, and policy-related research pertaining to development in the Atlantic provinces.
  • To act as an Atlantic Canada resource base and data centre for universities, governments, and the private sector.
  • To facilitate university and other-sector research co-operation.
  • To promote interdisciplinary and inter-university co-operation.
  • To encourage University to Community outreach through collaborative research projects.

Organization and Structure Within Saint Mary's

The Senate/Board of Governors of Saint Mary's University established the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies. The Institute operates under its own Board of Directors and is ultimately responsible to the Board of Governors and Senate of the University. The Institute's Directors include the President of Saint Mary's University or his designate, the Co-ordinator of the Atlantic Canada Studies Committee, four members from within the University community, six members external to the University, and the Executive Director, ex officio.

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