Welcome to the

Social and Economic Change Lab (SE-CHANGE)

Our ethos is one of deliberate experimentation and spirited inquiry shaped by diverse modes of knowing.

Our work is centered around creating cross-campus possibilities that connect to community challenges in sectors locally and globally. We are dedicated to surfacing knowledge from diverse perspectives to create interdisciplinary contexts where research and learning can be actively transformed.


The SE-CHANGE lab is working across UBC’s research community, focusing on social and economic change in regional, national and international contexts.

Social Innovation

Social innovation is driven by social demands to address social challenges which require collaborating in a new way. Social innovations offer viable solutions to complex problems such as social cohesion, urban regeneration, healthy food accessibility, water and sustainable energy while at the same time, representing working prototypes for sustainable ways of living.


Wine Research Centre at UBC

The field of wine is a dynamic and collaborative domain, enriched by the contribution of multiple disciplines. The dual-campus Wine Research Centre at UBC, headquartered at UBC Okanagan, engages faculty, students, industry partners, and wider communities in word-class research and excellence in wine education to support innovation, sustainability, and development in Canada’s globally connected grape and wine industry.

SE-Change Members

We are a multidisciplinary group of faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars who engage community and industry partners in social and economic projects through research, learning, and community-oriented initiatives.

Latest at the Lab

  • Applying learning to community: June Lulua

    Applying learning to community: June Lulua

    When June Lulua began exploring her options for postgraduate management studies, the Tsilhqot’in Nation Health Governance Representative and Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government project manager wanted to find a program through which she could enhance her work as an Indigenous consultant and entrepreneur. The Nemaiah Valley, B.C., resident applied for and was accepted into three…

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  • SE-Change Festival, July 16-22, 2022

    SE-Change Festival, July 16-22, 2022

    Through exhibitions, performances, and conversations, the SE-Change Festival explores social and economic change in real places – what it looks like, its effects, and how it is shaped. The Festival brings together academics, artists, and members of publics, locally and from various parts of the world, in a forum where they can interact, express themselves,…

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  • Enterprising at heart

    Enterprising at heart

    Entrepreneurial instincts kicked in at an early age for Manik Dhir. Even the most mundane walk to school held a sliver of opportunity. “In England, I profoundly remember there being a corner store on our walk back home from school,” recalls Manik with a smile in his voice, “where my mum would stop so I…

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