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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Whether in science, business, arts, music, education, social work or any of our other disciplines, Laurier researchers tackle local and global challenges through nearly two dozen research centres and institutes – often combining disciplines to explore problems from multiple angles.

Centres and institutes that require specialized infrastructure are bought together in collaborative facilities such as the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Science Research Centre.

University-Based Research Centres and Institutes

Research Centers chairs centres

Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies

The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies 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 for Women in Science 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 Cold Regions Research 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 Cold Regions Research Centre is located at the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science.

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 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 Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy 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 Laurier Institute for Water Science encourages multidisciplinary, collaborative research in 3 interconnected water-related disciplines:

  • Hydrological Sciences
  • Ecological and Biogeochemical Sciences
  • Public Policy and Management

The Laurier Institute for Water Science is located at the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science.

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.

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa 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 Viessmann European Research Centre aims to stimulate research on issues facing Europe in the 21st century. Its multidisciplinary 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 for Supply Chain Management 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.

CPA/Laurier Centre for the Advancement of Accounting Research and Education

The CPA/Laurier Centre for the Advancement of Accounting Research and Education has been established to promote excellence in research and teaching, and to encourage knowledge development in accounting education and practice. Its vision is to enhance the scholarly activities of accounting related faculty and to foster the development of the highest quality accounting graduates. The centre supports the scholarly activities and research efforts of Laurier accounting-related faculty and builds upon the university's record of producing highly successful graduates.

Financial Services Research Centre

The Financial Services Research 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 Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience is to identify how multiple perceptual streams are integrated and then translated into meaningful actions.

Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action

The Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action’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 Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis 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 Laurier Centre for Music in the Community provides a multidimensional 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 Laurier Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship 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 Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research 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 Community Health Research

The Manulife Centre for Community Health Research promotes and conducts inter-professional research and education in the field of health and wellbeing and strives to be community-based by reaching beyond the faculty to community partner organizations and stakeholders.

Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre

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

P&G Centre for Business and Sustainability

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

Research Collaborations

Social Innovation Research Group

The Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG) or Groupe de recherche en innovation sociale (GRIS) is a research and popular education training incubator. SIRG/GRIS is a bridge between the university and the larger community in order to enhance innovative and creative working partnerships that value arts-based social development as a legitimate component of community development practice. SIRG/GRIS also acts as a training portal for MSW and PhD students, as well as an educational arena whereby faculty, students and community partners engage in community-based research projects designed to meet the needs of community partners and individuals who seek support and networks to enhance their own community capacity building strategies.

Government of the Northwest Territories Partnership

Wilfrid Laurier University and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) signed a 10-year (2010-2020) partnership agreement in May 2010 to expand the Territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and monitoring, and to train the new expertise needed to manage its natural resources for future generations.

The GNWT-Laurier partnership is a step that will help ensure that the water of the NWT “remains clean, abundant and productive for all time,” as called for by the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy. GNWT and Laurier share a $6.3 million grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, titled “Canadian Aquatic Laboratories for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research” (CALIBER), which serves as the infrastructure platform for the partnership. GNWT and Laurier personnel also collaborate on numerous research and training initiatives.

The Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science is the Laurier home of the partnership.


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