Research and Innovation

Research at Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier University is an exceptional community for research and learning at every level. From our roots in Kitchener-Waterloo as a small Lutheran seminary that opened its doors in 1911, we have evolved into a comprehensive, multi-campus, multi-community university with an expanding research profile.

Today, Laurier offers big opportunities to deeply engage in research with a community of passionate and leading-edge researchers.

Research at Laurier is built on commitment to the Canadian and international communities we serve. No matter the field of study, our research connects interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity with communities to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

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Training Police Using Virtual Reality

Laurier researcher Jennifer Lavoie is collaborating on a virtual-reality training program for police officers to practice de-escalating mental health crises.

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“It's that lovely interplay between research and teaching that ignites the passions in students. Teaching students what is the cutting edge of thinking in any discipline, you are making them future ready.”

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research

Get to Know with Jonathan Newman

Get to know Laurier researchers and learn about their fascinating work. This weekly interview series takes place on Zoom every Friday over lunch hour.


Inspiring Conversations

In response to current events, the Inspiring Conversations webinar series showcases the timely, relevant research and expertise of Laurier faculty, staff and alumni. 

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Research Excellence

Research Excellence: A Year in Review, the 2020/21 annual report for the Office of Research Services, is a collection of stories, podcasts and videos featuring the work of our impressive scholars. Though just a small cross-section of our diverse academic community, it represents the breadth and impact of Laurier research.

Canada Research Chairs
new external research funding in 2020/21
research centres and institutes