Change Lab

What is Change Lab?

Founded in 2013, Change Lab is a once-in-a-degree experiential learning program open to students from all faculties.

Undergraduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds work together in interdisciplinary teams to investigate a real social, economic, and environmental challenge facing our local community. Together, they build a sustainable intervention to creatively respond to it and present their ideas to community influencers – all in just 13 weeks. In this immersive experience, students learn about the core practices of social innovation, human-centered design, entrepreneurship. Change Lab remains a popular program for students to step outside of the classroom and their comfort zones to discover what it means to create social change.


Civic Innovation Change Lab: Spring 2019

Two different Change Lab experiences​

Change Labs are competitive entry, and you must apply to gain a spot in the cohorts. Visit the different program pages for more information about how to submit your applications to Health Change Lab or Civic Innovation Change Lab.  To receive an update on the application process, sign up for the monthly RADIUS Community Newsletter.

Health Change Lab

In less than four months, Health Change Lab students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a project that addresses a pertinent social, environmental, or economic challenge concerning community health in the city of Surrey.

Civic Innovation Change Lab

Civic Innovation refers to a method that improves the lives of citizens, the functions of cities, the practice of citizenship, or the state of community affairs. This course weaves together advanced knowledge in Civic Issues, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, with the core practices of Dialogue, Design Thinking, and Business Model Development to allow students to become capable of producing impactful social innovations in cities.


Meet our most recent cohorts


Helping cultivate students into changemakers

Change Lab is generously supported by Scott Shaw, Scotiabank and Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and it is co-delivered with innovative allies at SFU such as the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environment, CityStudio, and Semester in Dialogue.


Questions about Change Lab?

If you still have questions about Change Lab, email