Contact us: Research Commons

Visit the Research Commons at SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver.

Research Commons locations

 Research Commons at Burnaby

Room 7000
W.A.C. Bennett Library
SFU Burnaby

 The Research Commons at Burnaby is open during Bennett Library hours.

 Research Commons at Vancouver

Room HC 7050
Harbour Centre
SFU Vancouver

 The Research Commons at Vancouver is open during Harbour Centre campus hours.


Head, Research Commons

Nicole White
Phone: 778.782.3268

Research Commons Librarian

The Research Commons Librarian coordinates programming and services for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty across disciplines.

Julie Jones
Phone: 778.782.5145

Support areas:

  • Thesis Writing Retreat and Thesis Writing Group
  • All in a Day and Start Here: All About Graduate Research and Writing workshop series
  • Interdisciplinary research skills 
  • Qualitative data analysis software (NVivo)
  • Citation management software (Zotero) support and workshops

Digital Scholarship Librarians

The Digital Scholarship Librarians support researchers at all levels who are engaged with digital humanities through project consultations, digital skill development workshops, and the Library's resources in digitization and project hosting. The Digital scholarship Librarians are also responsible for administering SFU's Open Access Fund and supporting researchers with scholarly communication. 

Rebecca Dowson
Phone: 778.782.5869

Support areas:

  • Digital Humanities (DH)
  • DH tools / software training and support requests
  • DHIL Digital Fellows
  • Grant consultation for digital project support
  • Knowledge mobilization, online research profiles, scholarly networks, and researcher visibility
  • Tableau for data visualization

Ioana Liuta (to October 2024)

Support areas:

  • Research impact, research metrics, and bibliometrics
  • ORCID Institutional Membership
  • Open Access Fund
  • Funder OA requirements, publication venues, author rights
  • New forms of scholarship / dissemination 

* For questions related to OJS or the PKP suite, please contact in the Digital Publishing Division.

Librarian for Geography, GIS, & Maps

The GIS and Maps Librarian supports researchers from all disciplines using GIS and maps in their work through consultations, workshops, and developing the Library's geospatial data and map collections. This librarian also serves as the liaison to the Department of Geography at SFU. 

Sarah Zhang 

Support areas

  • Liaison to Geography
  • Accessing geospatial data
  • Access to GIS software (ArGIS, IDRISI, QGIS, etc.)
  • Oversees GIS graduate peer facilitator
  • Access / use of print map collection
  • Manages access to Esri Virtual Campus courses and ArcGIS Online 
  • Raise awareness of use of GIS in research and GIS services offered by the library

Research Data Services Librarian and Librarian for Government Information

Carla Graebner
Phone: 778.782.6881

Support areas:

  • Providing access to data resources
  • Support in navigating and accessing government resources
  • Research data management support including data curation, data management planning, and data deposit

Knowledge Mobilization Manager

The Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Officer supports SFU researchers in identifying and implementing best practices for mobilizing research findings through a broad range of channels.

Lupin Battersby
Phone: 778.782.7434

Support areas:

  • Supports the development and implementation of KMb plans for grant-funded projects
  • Develops and coordinates KMb skills training programs and provides leadership for the University’s annual KMb priorities
  • Creates SFU-specific tools and assists researchers with finding ways to engage public audiences

Assistant for Theses

The Assistant for Theses provides support to graduate students with guidance on how to use the thesis template, thesis formatting requirements, and the thesis submission process in order to submit their thesis to the Library for graduation purposes according to SFU's Graduate General Regulations. This also involves the processing required for the eventual deposit of a thesis into SFU's institutional repository (Summit), Library and Archives Canada, and the Library Catalogue.

Support areas:

  • Thesis formatting
  • Thesis template
  • Thesis submission process (Thesis Registration System, regulations and forms required, etc.)

Peggy Fung
Phone: 778.782.4747

Anise Ladha (Currently on leave)

Library Assistant

The Research Commons' Library Assistant provides administrative support for the Research Commons and supports Thesis formatting and submission.

Support areas:

  • Thesis formatting support
  • Thesis submission support
  • General administrative support: Research Commons workshop registration, graduate group room bookings, etc.

Catherine Louie
Phone: 778.782.9703

Graduate writing services

You can contact the Graduate Writing Team at

The Graduate Writing team supports:
  • Read-Ahead Service
  • Writing Consultations
  • Presentation Consultations
  • Writing Workshops 

Graduate Peer Facilitators and Digital Fellows

Research Programming Team

Payman N. (he/him) recently finished his PhD in statistics. He is a statistician and research programmer who is passionate about application of statistics in biostatistics and bioinformatics. He has experience in developing pipelines for data analysis and package development in R Statistical software. Outside of school, he enjoys night sky photography (astrophotography), swimming, reading books, and learning about different programming languages. 

Louis A. (he/him) is a PhD student in Statistics. He enjoys reading, exploring new music, badminton, and can be occasionally found at the school's chess club. As a Graduate Peer, he strives to make programming accessible and to help students learn the different features available in the R programming language. 

GIS Team

Aayush S. (he/him) is a Master's student in Health Sciences.

Jay M. (he/him) is a Master's student in Geography. Jay is studying the use of LiDAR in generating 3D digital twins of wilderness environments and exploring them with emerging interfaces. He also works as a Spatial Data Research Assistant, creating publication-ready graphics and conducting spatial data analysis for marine conservation of sharks and rays. His specialty is combining tech with the field of environmental science, and is always looking for a new challenges!

NVivo Team

Erik M. (he/they) is a PhD student in Health Sciences. Erik is an Indigenous doctoral student from the Hupačasath First Nation and is part of the Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectory Initiative (I-HeLTI) team and the Research for Ecosocial and Equitable Transformation (RESET) Lab. Erik's passion lies in exploring the intricate connections between child and maternal wellness and their intersection with built environments, systems, and structures. Recognizing the profound impact these factors can have on our health, Erik is committed to fostering understanding and promoting initiatives that address and improve these crucial aspects of well-being.
Elahe (Ella) K. (she/her) is a Master's student in Political Science and is researching feminist policies and marginalized populations. Ella also has a law degree from the University of Tehran and initially was interested in environmental and international law. As an NVivo Grad Peer in the Research Commons, Ella assists students in using NVivo to organize their thoughts and their research. In her own words: "Nothing excites me more than teaching and seeing students grow and achieve their academic goals!"

Digital Humanities Innovation Lab Digital Fellows

Julianna W. (she/her) is a Master's student in the Department of English. As a Digital Fellow, Communications & Textual Editing in the DHIL, she is a Research Assistant for two digital humanities projects at SFU: "The Lyon in Mourning" Project and The Women's Print History Project, 1700-1836. Her MA Project centres around mapping Scottish woman travel writer Elizabeth Isabella Spence and her journey through the North Highlands of Scotland in 1816. Her broader research interests include eighteenth-century Scottish literature, Gothic women’s literature, and Scottish women’s travel writing. 

More information

For more about our services, details about our spaces, and our mailing address, see About the Research Commons.

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