The Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) is institutionally responsible for York University's strategic research planning.
The division also provides research services for faculty members, promotes a sustainable research environment, and communicates the results and impact of York's research.
Located in the Kaneff Tower, the division includes the Office of the VPRI, the Office of Research Services (ORS), university-wide Organized Research Units (ORUs), Innovation York, the Office of Research Ethics and the Knowledge Mobilization Unit.
Other research-related units at York:
- Research Accounting (RA)
- Faculty Research Officers
- Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee (APPRC)
- University Information Technology (UIT)
- ResearchImpact, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network, founded by York University and the University of Victoria.
If you would like to view a list of Grants and Contracts received from 2006-2016, please contact the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation by email.
About the Senior Leadership Team
Vice-President Research & Innovation, Robert Haché
Robert Haché, Ph.D., is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University, where he is responsible for promoting and overseeing the strategic development of research, and supports for research including Innovation York, the commercialization and industry liaison office for York University, as well as York’s internationally award-winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit, which has been increasingly recognized for its leadership in social innovation.
Dr. Haché has been instrumental in driving the institutional strategic research priorities forward with the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Research Plan, Building on Strength 2013-2018, and the Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research, while working to enhance the University’s research profile both nationally and internationally.
Prior to York, he served as the Associate Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary. He has also served as Vice-Dean Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Haché holds a BSc (biochemistry) from McGill University and a Ph.D. (biochemistry) from Queen’s University.
Associate Vice-President Research, Celia Haig-Brown
Celia Haig-Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Vice-President (AVP) Research and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. Haig-Brown was instrumental in helping facilitate the consultation process for Building on Strength, 2013-2018, the University’s Strategic Research Plan.
She is also the immediate past Associate Dean, Research, Community and Professional Learning in the Faculty of Education. She served as Chair of Senate in 2009-10.
Haig-Brown’s research interests include: (de) colonizing research and practice, critical ethnography, critical/feminist pedagogy and protocol for Indigenizing the Academy. Haig-Brown is the recipient of the Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies and is a former president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. She is author and co-author of four books, numerous articles and book chapters and currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant focused on documentary film with the Naskapi Nation.
Associate Vice-President Research, Sushanta Mitra
Sushanta Mitra, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice-President (AVP) Research and the Kaneff Professor in Micro and Nanotechnology for Social Innovation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering.
Mitra’s research interests focus on the fundamental understanding of fluid transport in micro and nano-confinements with applications in energy, environment and bio-systems.
For his contributions in science and engineering, he is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).