Contact us: Research Commons


During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

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

  The Research Commons is open during Bennett Library hours.


Head, Research Commons

Keshav Mukunda
Phone: 778.782.4461

Nicole White - On study leave through August 2021
Phone: 778.782.3268

Assistant Head, Research Commons 

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

Ali Moore
Phone: 778.782.5344

Support areas:

  • Thesis Boot Camp & reBoot 
  • All in a Day workshop series.
  • Qualitative data analysis software (NVivo)
  • Citation management (Zotero and Mendeley)
  • Online research profiles, scholarly networks, researcher visibility, and knowledge mobilization
  • Tableau for data visualization

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. 

Julie Jones (to September 2021)

Support areas:

  • Digital Humanities (DH)
  • DH tools / software training and support requests
  • DHIL Digital Fellows
  • Grant consultation for digital project support

Adena Brons (to end of August 2021)
Phone: 778-782-7588

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 Kate Shuttleworth in the Digital Publishing Division.

Rebecca Dowson is on leave through to September 2021.
Phone: 778.782.5869

GIS & Map Librarian & Liaison Librarian for Geography 

The GIS/Map 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 (to September 2021)

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

Julie Jones is currently on a modified portfolio as a Digital Scholarship Librarian, to September 2021 

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 Officer

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

Anise Ladha
Phone: 778.782.4747

Library Assistant

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

Catherine Louie
Phone: 778.782.9703

Graduate Facilitators

See also:  Graduate peer learning / writing facilitators - Graduate writing services team

More information

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

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