Connecting Memorial with Communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador

Building connections and fostering collaborations is what the Harris Centre is all about — a bridge between the university and the community.
We are Memorial University's hub for public policy and regional development issues. We connect Memorial University faculty, students and staff with people, communities,  organizations  and networks locally, nationally and internationally to encourage informed dialogue, mobilize knowledge, and build collaborations to create a vibrant democracy and prosperous and sustainable society in Newfoundland and Labrador.


New fund in memory of Cabot Martin

The Harris Centre is proud to announce the official launch of the Cabot Martin Award for Research in Regional Policy and Development. Established in memory of Cabot James Martin (1944-2022), the award will encourage practical applied research into the challenges facing Newfoundland and Labrador. Directed toward the governance and policy issues which were so central to Mr. Martin’s writings and public commentary, the $18,000 award will be given annually to a student, faculty or staff member of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

More info here.  


Final report on Thriving Regions/Humber Valley

The Harris Centre has received a final report from our Thriving Regions Process: Humber Valley, a needs and opportunities assessment on traditional skills. Read it here: Humber Valley Traditional Skills - assessment.




Upcoming events

Coast Lines & Coffee - March 24

Join Coast Lines Book Club at the Emera Innovation Centre to hear Allison Graves (Soft Serve, MA’17, PhD Candidate) and Donna Morrissey (Rage the Night, BSW’92) in conversation with Angela Antle (BA ’91 and PhD Candidate)!

Register here –

Come enjoy coffee and refreshments and a conversation with two writers with unique perspectives on the place we call home.

A livestream link will be provided for those who can’t attend in person.



Harris Centre in the news

Memorial has just released its first report on engagement with University of the Arctic (UArctic) and other member associations throughout the North - more details here.

We are proud to launch the Cabot Martin Award for Research in Regional Policy and Development. More details here.

Throughout 2023, the Harris Centre has been connecting citizens in rural Newfoundland and Labrador to resources and information on climate change adaptation. Read more here.

One of the things we do at the Harris Centre is facilitate the David Curran Award for Regional Development to undergraduate students. Read more about this year's recipients here.

You may have heard of a writer-in-residence or an artist-in-residence, but what about an academic-in-residence?  In partnership with the Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Harris Centre is happy to welcome Memorial's first academic in residence, Dr. Richard Shearmur. Read more here.

Highly respected sociologist Dr. Barb Neis is the latest senior research associate at the Harris Centre. “It’s great to have a range of different mechanisms for outreach, in order to talk about the research and get diverse perspectives on what is happening,” she said. “It’s particularly critical here in this province with only one university."  Read more here.


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