Projects in cIRcle


Projects: Through cIRcle you can find articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts, webcasts and more. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed content making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry. cIRcle content is organized around communities and collections representing UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. Items in cIRcle are generally heavily used. Look for the statistical information at the bottom of each record in cIRcle.

The following sections highlight just a few of the many exciting collection projects featured in cIRcle. For an exhaustive list, you can browse the database by all cIRcle collections or use the Open Collections search to narrow your results.

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Database of Religious History (DRH)

Starting as "one of the flagship initiatives of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC)" at UBC through its various departments (Asian Studies, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy and Psychology), the DRH has since transformed into “[t]he world’s first comprehensive online quantitative and qualitative encyclopedia of religious cultural history”. Explore DRH items contributed "by partners and collaborators from all over the world".

From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR) Project

“Through innovative practices of research and training, [FROGBEAR] fosters the next generation of scholars working on Buddhism and East Asian religions.” In collaboration with the UBC Department of Asian Studies, view primarily image and video content of the From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions international and interdisciplinary project made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi)

“MRAi seeks to improve access to academic research and community-generated materials with a focus on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).” Discover faculty-based articles and other materials relating to the Making Research Accessible Initiative in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange.

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)

“The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) provides opportunities for world-class scholars to explore innovative research questions in a vibrant, collegial milieu spanning all disciplines. 'Since 1996, [PWIAS] has been creating a community of scholars at UBC and beyond, including various partner' institutions. Watch video presentations from the Wall Scholars.

Portage White Papers

“Portage is a national, library-based research data management network that coalesces initiatives in research data management to build capacity and to coordinate activities better." Established in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Portage works within the library community to coordinate expertise, services, and technology in research data management, seeking to collaborate with other research data management stakeholders. Read white papers authored in French and English by Portage expert groups.

Punjabi Oral History Project

In collaboration with the UBC Department of Asian Studies, this project “is designed to engage students of Punjabi and Punjabi Canadian history at UBC in the collection of oral histories within the Punjabi Canadian community of greater Vancouver”. Oral histories and interviews filmed by both the faculty member and undergraduate students (2 streams) and video files with transcripts.

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects

At SALA, UBC graduate design projects culminate in the communication of key ideas, theories, design principles, and design process, in addition to resolving [a] specific problem. In the final year of their program, each MArch and MLA student completes a Graduating Project, colloquially referred to as their "design thesis".

SEEDS Sustainability Program Reports

SEEDS (UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) is one of cIRcle's earliest partners and is a growing collection of student work in one of UBC's premier areas of research excellence. Addressing a wide range of social, ecological, and economic sustainability issues, SEEDS graduate and undergraduate projects feature a unique combination of applied research and interdisciplinary partnerships between UBC students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

UBC is one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition whereby current graduate students have only “three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience”. NOTE: This content is available under a one-year embargo from the date of the 3MT presentation thanks to the organizers, participants and volunteers of the competition hosted by the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) Office.

Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers)

Funded by numerous sources, including a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Transnational Business Governance Interactions TBGI) research project addresses th[e] gap in the scholarship by focusing on the nature of business governance interactions as they develop across time and global space.” Explore the TBGI Working Papers collection.

World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) 2018

"Hosted by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, where Sanskrit has been taught at all levels since 1969", the World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for professional researchers and educators of the Sanskrit language and its literatures, and of the history, religion, and cultures of pre-modern South Asia. Delve into the unreviewed conference papers plus the one peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings and read our cIRcle blog post for more details.