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Athabasca University

Vision & Mission



The Athabasca River Basin Research Institute plays a trusted role with Athabasca River Basin stakeholders and academia through facilitation of open and transparent interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange on issues of key regional importance.


The Athabasca River Basin Research Institute supports interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and knowledge transfer in the Athabasca River Basin for all stakeholders by improving awareness of past and contemporary issues, and encouraging collaboration among scientists, scholars, and basin stakeholders.

Guiding Principles

The following principles underlie the work of the Athabasca River Basin Research Institute:

  • Advancement of the Athabasca River Basin depends upon understanding its natural, cultural and developmental diversity and heritage and upon imagining future choices and alternatives across disciplines, political and cultural perspectives and historical, ecological and economic contexts.
  • Key to identifying the basin’s prime opportunities, challenges and solutions is the active engagement of the basin’s citizens (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal), civic institutions, industries and government officials in co-ordination with scientists and scholars from many disciplines.
  • The success of the institute will depend on quality scholarship and science, rooted in applied, theoretical and basic research undertaken by Athabasca University faculty members, students and associates, the fostering of linkages and partnerships across disciplines and between the university and broader community, and the creation of accessible communication forums for the respectful and thoughtful exchange of ideas and knowledge and for the identification of issues and common interests in the basin.
  • Understanding the research needs of stakeholders, providing information on current research initiatives and facilitating research to meet identified needs are fundamental to the institute’s vision and mission.