Major Collaborative Projects


UBC I Trust AI  SSHRC Partnership Grant (2021-2026)

A multi-national interdisciplinary project aiming to design, develop, and leverage Artificial Intelligence to support the ongoing availability and accessibility of trustworthy public records by forming a sustainable, ongoing partnership producing original research and training students, and other highly qualified personnel.

  • Principal Investigator: Luciana Duranti
  • Co-Directors: Luciana Duranti and Muhammad Abdul-Mageed
  • Associated iSchool Faculty: Jennifer Douglas, Richard Arias-Hernández, Victoria Lemieux

UBC Blockchain Research Cluster

Blockchain@UBC is Canada’s largest and most diverse research cluster devoted to blockchain technology.

  • Principal Investigator and Cluster Lead – Victoria Lemieux

UBC Designing for People Research Cluster

UBC is home to a DFP research cluster and peer network including over 60 faculty engaged in DFP research, who provide the foundational expertise for this initiative.

  • Associated iSchool Faculty: Eric Meyers, Luanne Freund, Julia Bullard, Lisa Nathan, Heather O’Brien

Making Research Accessible: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2018-2021)

Making research accessible: transforming the utility of scholarly communication for the downtown eastside (DTES) community in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Principal Investigator – Heather O’Brien
  • Associated iSchool Faculty – Luanne Freund, Co-PI

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, BC a is a vibrant, resilient community facing well-known challenges of poverty, homelessness, and drug use. DTES residents and community agencies actively work to address systemic inequalities, improve residents’ quality of life, and advocate for social change. Research carried out collaboratively by scholars and community members has the potential to support these efforts, yet “top-down” university-led research has been historically problematic for disenfranchised communities such as the DTES. The PDG addresses this gap in community-oriented knowledge mobilization (KMb), building on existing projects led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) Libraries, and exploring new ways to mobilize research together with communitybased (UBC Learning Exchange) and research (BC Centre for Substance Use) partners. This regional project will be an exemplar for university-library-community collaborations beyond BC and provide a body of research that focuses on making research more broadly accessible.


iSchool Faculty Research


Evidenced-Based Evaluation Framework for Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) Projects for the Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) – TLEF Grant (2017-2021)

This TLEF project will design and test an evaluation framework (i.e. model and data collection instruments) to evaluate CBEL projects for the BMS. This evaluation framework will be used to improve CBEL initiatives for students, teachers, and community partners alike. Results of this project should also inform an evidence-based strategy that integrates current independent CBEL initiatives, focused on individual courses, into a single coherent CBEL strategy for the whole BMS.

  • Principal Investigator – Richard Arias-Hernandez

Enabling deep learning for multilingual sociopragmatics – NSERC Discovery Grant (2018-2023)

  • Principal Investigator – Muhammad Abdul-Mageed

Contextual misinformation detection using Arabic social media – SSHRC Insight Grant (2018-2021)

  • Principal Investigator – Muhammad Abdul-Mageed
  • Associated iSchool Faculty – Luanne Freund, Co-PI