to make a difference
Chemistry professor Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh is helping the world understand how to remove pollutants from contaminated water. The award-winning researcher studies “environmental interfaces,” such as how organic arsenics interact with soil in the environment. Her findings are influencing the development of pollutant-removal technologies, which will benefit communities around the globe.
Research is fundamental to what we do at Laurier — it enhances teaching excellence and inspires our faculty and students with a passion to discover. To align with Laurier’s core strengths and values, we have identified five areas of research strength: globalization and governance; business, economics and quantitative analysis; environmental studies; health and well-being; and social analysis and social justice. Laurier’s commitment to research is evident in the year-over-year growth of our research portfolio, which has more than doubled since 2000. The university now has 15 research-chair positions and 21 research centres and institutes. We also rank high in our class in national faculty awards and for the number and value of research grants we receive. However, our most important research asset is our researchers themselves. They challenge one another to explore their fields in new and innovative ways. In the process, they inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our students and the broader community.
Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Obhi
Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Obhi’s innovative research in cognitive neuroscience has a wide variety of aims and applications, from assisting people with brain disorders to understanding consciousness and human-action planning. The award-winning researcher is an active member of Laurier’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Dr. Maurice Kugler, CIGI Chair in International Public Policy in Laurier’s Department of Economics, explores how global market integration affects economic growth in the world’s poorer regions and nations. The results of his research, conducted through his concurrent positions at Laurier and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), has significant influence on international development policy.