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St. Thomas University’s New Brunswick and Atlantic Studies Research and Development Centre focuses on individual interdisciplinary and inter-institutional studies on New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. It also intends to apply research knowledge gained in similar regions for the benefit of New Brunswick.

The Centre, established in 2005, continues St. Thomas University’s association with research in the province.

In 1977, the New Brunswick Research and Resource Centre (NBRRC) was established to provide resource materials for the study of the social and political life of New Brunswick. The collection included materials on the economy, government, social services, education and the environment and was available to students, faculty and other interested citizens. During the late 1970s, this centre sponsored an annual conference on a topic of interest in the province.

In 2003, St. Thomas University developed a Strategic Research Plan and New Brunswick and Atlantic Studies was identified as one the focal areas for research. Further consultation within the St. Thomas University revealed that New Brunswick and Atlantic Studies was the preferred focus for a grant application from the Social Sciences and Humanities “Aid to Small Universities” programme. The grant was awarded in 2005 and the Centre was established the same year.