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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
March 3, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Research Centres

Research Centres

University-based Research Centres and Institutes


MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute
The MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute is a world class interdisciplinary institute of excellence for discovering and advancing knowledge through mathematical and statistical modelling in the Institute's priority areas of sciences, innovation and sustainability.

Centre For Memory & Testimony Studies
The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies (CMTS) seeks to be a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and a space of confluence for scholars, artists, and community agencies working in the field of memory representation and testimonial studies in the 21st century.

Centre for Women in Science
The goals of the Centre are to attract women into science and mathematical/quantitative fields, to support and celebrate women’s contributions to science and mathematical social sciences, and to address challenges women still face in higher education and careers in science.

Cold Regions Research Centre
The Centre facilitates interdisciplinary research and teaching about cold regions. It also provides academic and field training for students in a range of cold regions disciplines and locations. The centre encourages interaction among scholars interested in cold regions research and problems.

The International Migration Research Centre
The International Migration Research Centre serves as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis, and proposal development related to international migration and mobility on the global, national and regional scale.

Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies
The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies exists to foster research, education, and the discussion of historical and contemporary conflict.

Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
The primary goal of the university-based Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems is to address related environmental, social, and economic challenges facing the global food system.

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy
The Institute promotes individual and collaborative research on issues pertaining to the creation, use and representation of public opinion in the policy process. The Institute also monitors the practices and claims of the public opinion and interest group industries.

Laurier Institute for Water Science
The Institute encourages multi-disciplinary, collaborative re¬search in three interconnected water-related disciplines: Hydrological Sciences, Ecological and Biogeochemical Sciences, Public Policy and Management.

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa
The Institute fosters research partnerships between academics in Canada and their counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa. It raises awareness of significant issues confronting contemporary Africa and encourages exchanges between Laurier and Botswana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa.

Viessmann European Research Centre
The Centre aims to stimulate research on issues facing Europe in the 21st century. Its multi-disciplinary research includes monetary policy in the Euro area and elsewhere, European integration, regional development, external linkages, trade and political expansions and other overarching socio-economic concerns.

Faculty-based Research Centres and Institutes 

Centre for Supply Chain Management
The Centre facilitates and coordinates research in supply chain management. It ensures regular and useful communication between researchers and practitioners including strategic decision makers, ensuring that research findings are disseminated in a timely fashion to those who can use them.

Financial Services Research Centre
The Centre promotes research on Canadian capital markets and financial institutions. Its mission is to foster interaction among faculty and students interested in financial research, facilitate interdisciplinary research, and forge ties with governments and private sector organizations.

Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
The overarching research theme of the cognitive neuroscientists associated with the Centre is to identify how multiple perceptual streams are integrated and then translated into meaningful actions.

Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action
The Centre’s mandate is to promote excellence in community-university partnerships and facilitate research that advances community health and social justice.

Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis
The Centre is an international association of academic and professional economists that encourages both applied and theoretical research, creating a public forum for discussion of current economic issues.

Laurier Centre for Music in the Community
The Centre provides a multi-dimensional research forum whereby a musically active and culturally diverse community can participate in activities such as concerts and festivals, resource development and symposia.

Laurier Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship
The Centre fosters research in the areas of high technology incubation and the promotion and support of nascent entrepreneurship, developing research links and activities with scholars throughout Laurier, and sharing the implications of this research with industry and governmental actors and representatives.

Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research
The Centre nurtures global music therapy collaboration, strengthening the relationship between clinical practice and research, bringing together researchers and practitioners, and providing a context for research and educational initiatives.

Manulife Centre for Healthy Living
The Centre promotes and conducts interprofessional research and education in the field of health and well-being and strives to be community-based by reaching beyond the faculty to community partner organizations and stakeholders.

P&G Centre for Business and Sustainability
The Centre serves as a catalyst to bring together faculty researchers, students, and leaders in industry and civil society, in order to build capacity for progressive socially and environmentally engaged management practice.

Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre
The research Centre integrates motor control, rehabilitation, and exercise science for the investigation and treatment of movement disorders.