Centres & Institutes

York is home to 25 organized research units (ORUs), which have a strong history of collaborative, innovative and interdisciplinary research. These ORUs provide a home for research development beyond the traditional academic units. Steeped in York’s tradition of collegial interdisciplinarity, ORUs serve as synergistic hubs for participatory research programs that bring together expertise from across disciplines.

Centre for Feminist Research

The Centre for Feminist Research/ Le Centre de recherches féministes is an internationally recognized Centre for research on gender, race, class, indigeneity, disability, sexuality, and women’s issues. Its mandate is to promote feminist activities and collaborative research at York University by working to establish research linkages between York scholars and local, national, international and transnational communities. CFR carries out its mandate by supporting individual and collaborative research, developing research materials, communicating research results, providing opportunities and training for graduate students, fostering relationships with community organizations and government personnel, and through hosting visiting scholars from outside the university.

Director: Alison Crosby
Coordinator: Julia Pyryeskina
Address: 6th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 55915
Fax: 416.650.3900
Email: cfr@yorku.ca
Web site: www.yorku.ca/cfr

Centre for Automotive Research

The Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) at York University provides a unique and integrated hub for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the Canadian automotive sector.  CAR will help industry pursue affordable, high-level, cutting-edge research through collaboration across all engineering disciplines.  CAR will work to match industry partners with top researchers and state-of-the-art facilities with the goal of aiding in the development and commercialization of innovative new technologies and processes.

Director: Alex Czekanski
Coordinator: TBC
Address: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence Building 435D
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 77077
Email: alex.czekanski@lassonde.yorku.ca
Web site: http://car.lassonde.yorku.ca

Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies

Comprised of faculty whose research interests span ancient Israel to contemporary Judaism and Jewish communities, the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies promotes Jewish Studies research while enhancing delivery of Jewish Studies courses on campus and offering stimulating scholarly programs open to the community. In addition to Judaism as a religion, Centre researchers explore the texts, histories, cultures, sociologies, languages, and fine arts of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present.

Director: Carl S. Ehrlich
Coordinator: Julie Feinberg
Address: 7th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5823
Fax: 416.736.5344
Email:  cjs@yorku.ca
Web site: http://cjs.yorku.ca/

Innovation Computing @ Lassonde

The mandate of IC@L is to establish itself as a nationally leading and internationally recognized research unit focusing on the science of computing and its realization to enable novel solutions and technologies. The future of many disciplines depends on advances in computational science via theoretical and empirical research, and hardware and software development. IC@L joins computational scientists with hospitals, industry and government to address the next generation of computational problems. It addresses critical issues for a knowledge society and advances problem solving in areas such as health, environment, and business.

Director: John Tsotsos
Email: tsotsos@cse.yorku.ca
Coordinator: Cimoan Atkins
Email: cimoan.atkins@lassonde.yorku.ca
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 70135
Web site: http://ical.lassonde.yorku.ca/

Centre for Refugee Studies

The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York is an interdisciplinary community of researchers dedicated to advancing the well-being of refugees and others displaced by violence, persecution, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation through innovative research, education, and policy engagement. Since its inception in 1988, CRS is recognized as an international leader in the creation, mobilization, and dissemination of new knowledge that addresses forced migration issues in local, national and global contexts.

Director: Jennifer Hyndman
Centre Coordinator: Michele Millard
Addresss: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 30391
Fax: 416.736.5837
Email: crs@yorku.ca
Web site: www.yorku.ca/crs

Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions

The Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions (CRBI) brings together researchers from the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, within the Faculty of Science at York University, to further understanding of the mechanistic details of how biomolecules interact with one another, the relationship between biomolecular interactions and cellular processes, and how biomolecular interactions can be used to diagnose and treat diseases.

Director: Sergey Krylov
Address: 340 Petrie Science & Engineering Building
Telephone: 416.736.2100  ext.  77769
Email: skrylov@yorku.ca
Web site: http://crbi.apps01.yorku.ca/

Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science

The Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS) facilitates research activity within the areas of (a) Planetary Exploration, (b) Climate and Environment, and (c) Space Technology. The ultimate goal is the advancement of of scientific instruments and methods for space missions. Recent accomplishments include the LIDAR instrument on the NASA Phoenix Mars mission that discovered that it snows on Mars, and the laser altimeter that will map the surface of an asteroid for the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission.

Director: Jim Whiteway
Administrative Assistant: Joylyn Bogle
Address: 416 Petrie Science & Engineering Building
Telephone: 416.736.5247
Fax: 416.736.5626
Email: whiteway@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.cress.yorku.ca

Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry

The Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry (CRMS) promotes mutually beneficial research collaboration in mass spectrometry both within and outside York University. Mass spectrometry is a very powerful analytical process that is used to identify unknown compounds, to quantify known compounds, and to elucidate the structure and chemical properties of molecules.

Director: Derek Wilson
Centre Coordinator: Nicole Chevannes-McGregor
Address: 238 Chemistry Building
Telephone: 416.650.8426
Fax: 416.736.5936
Email: dkwilson@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.chem.yorku.ca/CRMS/

Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact

The Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact (CRLCC) brings together the research activities of the faculty members and students of York University who investigate various aspects of language contact at both societal and individual levels. CRLC members investigate language contact from the perspective of several disciplines (e.g., linguistics, sociology, demography, psychology, political science, history and musicology) and in a variety of settings, Toronto and Ontario, other Canadian provinces and other countries throughout the world. The CRLC includes external members who are leading researchers in the field of Language Contact.

Director: Maria Constanza Guzman
Coordinator: Prisca Ng
Address: York Hall, C204, Glendon College
Email: ngprisca@glendon.yorku.ca
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 88521
Fax: 416.487.6714
Email: crlc_crcl@glendon.yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/crlc

Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean

CERLAC is a York University-based hub for inter- and multidisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean, their diasporas, and their relations with Canada and the rest of the world. It provides a meeting space for faculty, students, and visitors to discover common interests; supports their projects by facilitating grant administration, partnership formation, and the co-production and sharing of knowledge; and trains new generations of regional scholars.

Recognized since its founding in 1978 as the preeminent LAC research body in Canada, CERLAC furthers York’s mandate for excellence in international and community-engaged research by producing high-quality, socially progressive scholarship in collaboration with partners throughout the Americas and close to home. Crossing boundaries between North and South and building bridges between the university and its constituents, CERLAC grounds critical reflection on Canada’s role in its hemisphere.

Interim Director: Alan Durston
Coordinator: Camila Bonifaz
Address: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5237
Fax: 416.736.5688
Email: cerlac@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/cerlac

The City Institute at York University

The City Institute at York University (CITY) engages in leading-edge urban research and critical analyses of the city. CITY brings together an interdisciplinary and international network of scholars and researchers who examine the urban in all of its facets. Together we contribute to the knowledge base of academics, policymakers, and civil society, and open up new intellectual and political spaces to challenge received wisdom as the city of the twenty-first century takes shape.

Director: Linda Peake
Coordinator: Sara MacDonald
Address: 7th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.650.8125
Fax: 416.650.8069
Email: city@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/city

The Dahdaleh Global Health Research Institute

The Dahdaleh Global Health Research Institute (DGHRI) is a catalyst for global health research that fosters social innovation. The Institute will create a platform for international dialogue and collaboration to conduct research that supports the co-creation of social innovations that address global public health focusing on the themes of global health policy, management & systems, global health promotion & disease prevention, global eHealth, global disability & human rights, global mental health and global health & the environment.  This initiative has been made possible by a transformational donation from Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, a U.K.-based Canadian business leader.

Acting Director: Mary Wiktorowicz
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 22124
Email: mwiktor@yorku.ca
Web site: http://dghri.yorku.ca/

Global Labour Research Centre

The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) engages in the study of work, employment and labour in the context of a constantly changing global economy. The GLRC’s work is organized around four major themes: the impact of the changing nature of work and employment on labour rights; the interrelationships between migration, citizenship and work; gender relations at work and in labour movements; and the revitalization of workers’ movements. A hub for pan-university research collaboration amongst faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, the GLRC also collaborates with a range of labour and community partners to generate research that informs the debates and policies that will contribute to the development of more just and democratic workplaces in the coming decades.

Director: Mark Thomas
Centre Coordinator: Ives Polking
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 44704
Email: glrc@yorku.ca
Web site: http://glrc.apps01.yorku.ca

The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas

The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas seeks to be the preeminent, interdisciplinary centre for research, both historical and contemporary, on Africa and its global diasporas. Its mandate encompasses histories of slavery, including preservation and digitization of endangered archives; contemporary forms of exploitation/enslavement; and documentation and outreach on the experiences of Africans in the diaspora, including in Canada. The Institute offers York University and the broader community an internationally recognized hub for studies and documentation on Africa and its diasporas.

Director: Michele Johnson
Coordinator: Denise Challenger
Address: 321 York Lanes
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 33058
Fax: 416.650.8173
Email: tubman@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/tubman

Institute for Research on Digital Learning

The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) explores the diverse and evolving pedagogical uses and implications of technology in today’s educational environments, online and offline. Ongoing research in the Institute includes: online and blended learning, digital games and learning, educational policy and policy practices, global education, multimodal and multilingual literacies, digital cultures and education, and video games and gender. The IRDL research team is part of a broad, multidisciplinary, collaborative community that includes the universities, schools, government, and industry.

The Institute for Research on Digital Learning encourages the formation of links with faculty members across the university and with schools, government, and industry to provide collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to research problems and issues. IRDL concerns itself with the pedagogical uses of technology at all levels, inside and outside of classrooms in both formal and informal settings.

Director: Jennifer Jenson
Email: jjenson@edu.yorku.ca
Coordinator: Erin McLaughlin-Jenkins
Email: erink@yorku.ca
Address: 7th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 88787
Email: irdl@yorku.ca
Web site: http://irdl.info.yorku.ca/

Institute for Social Research

The Institute for Social Research undertakes research that engages interdisciplinary social issues through research methodologies that involve survey, quantitative and mixed methods research. It also provides research services within York University for students, faculty and senior administrators that supports these research methodologies and undertakes studies of the university community.

The primary aim of ISR is to conduct, support and disseminate social research using surveys and focus groups with a particular focus on social problems, population and public health, mental health, public affairs, and the York University community. More information is available at http://www.isryorku.ca/

Director: Lesley Jacobs
Director, Survey Research: David Northrup
Coordinator: Josephine Piccone
Address: 5054 TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning Building)
Telephone: 416.736.5061
Fax: 416.736.5749
Email: isrnews@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/isr

Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security

The focus of the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security is the development and facilitation of a cross-disciplinary programme of research and project initiatives that enhance knowledge of issues related to a variety of transnational phenomena that are now, and for the foreseeable future, rapidly changing (and challenging) society, law and governance. By focusing on three thematic pillars – human rights, crime and security – the Centre seeks to harness the critical mass of talent and energy found at Osgoode Hall Law School and York University, alongside a network of Centre associates from universities around the world and from non-university sectors.

Director: Francois Tanguay-Renaud
Administrative Assistant: Lielle Gonsalves
Address: 3067 Ignat Kaneff Building
Telephone: 416.736.5030
Fax: 416.650.4321
Email: nathansoncentre@osgoode.yorku.ca
Web site: http://nathanson.osgoode.yorku.ca/

LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research

The LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research is a collaborative group of faculty and students that supports community-engaged interdisciplinary research in health, education, relationships and development of infants, children, adolescents, emerging adults and families everywhere. The LaMarsh Centre is based in the Faculty of Health. The LaMarsh Centre is focused on putting innovative research into practice and influencing policy in order to promote safety, healthy development and well-being.

Director: Gordon Flett
Centre Coordinator: Irene Backhouse
Address: 5022 TEL Building
Telephone 416.736.5528
Fax: 416.736.5647
Email: lamarsh@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/lamarsh/index.html

Muscle Health Research Centre

The Muscle Health Research Centre (MHRC) provides a centralized and focused research emphasis on the importance of skeletal muscle to the overall health and well-being of Canadians. Skeletal muscle, 40 per cent of a human’s body mass, is a unique and large tissue that significantly contributes to an individual’s metabolism, locomotion, and overall quality of life.

Based in the Faculty of Health, the MHRC facilitates the integrated study of muscle biology in the broadest terms, including muscle development, disease, metabolism, blood supply, injury and regeneration, and adaptation to acute and chronic exercise. Approaches used by faculty and graduate students for the study of muscle include molecular, cellular and whole-body techniques.

Director: David Hood
Centre Coordinator: Liam Tryon
Address: 342 Farquharson Building
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 22999
Email: mhrc@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/mhrc

Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

The mandate of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies is to promote and support interdisciplinary and discipline specific research pertinent to the study of Canada. Over the years the Centre has expanded to encompass a theme of “Canada in the World.”

Director: Gabrielle Slowey
Centre Coordinator: Laura Taman
Address: 7th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5499
Fax: 416.736.5739
Email: robdir@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/robarts

Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Sensorium supports cross-disciplinary research in new application and content creation, scientific inquiry, policy development and critical discourse in digital media. Areas of specialization will include: 30 cinema and stereography, perceptual science, advanced visualization, immersive environments, interface and interaction design, physical computing, and networked media architecture.

Sensorium will serve as a catalyst for new ideas and experimentation by linking existing labs and consolidating resources, supporting student training, and encouraging community and industry partnerships.

Acting Director: Doug Van Nort
Address: 5021 TEL Building
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 77018
Email: sensorium@yorku.ca
Web site: http://sensorium.info.yorku.ca/

York Centre for Asian Research

The York Centre for Asian Research is a community of researchers who are committed to analyzing the changing historical and contemporary dynamics of societies in Asia, understanding Asia’s place in the world, and studying the experiences of Asian communities in Canada and around the globe. Our inter-disciplinary membership includes over 150 faculty, students and other research associates from across the social sciences, humanities, health, education, creative/performing arts, law and business. The Centre creates a space for interdisciplinary intellectual exchange, provides administrative support for research projects, and enriches student training through fieldwork and language awards and a graduate diploma programme. The Centre also provide an access point for anyone interested in York expertise on Asia and Asian communities, and we actively seek to collaborate with diaspora organizations in the Toronto region.

Director: Philip Francis Kelly
Coordinator: Alicia Filipowich
Address: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5821
Fax: 416.736.5688
Email: ycar@yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/ycar

York Centre for Field Robotics

The York Centre for Field Robotics (YCFR) within the Lassonde School of Engineering brings together researchers with interest in sensing, planning and locomotion tasks situated in realistic (e.g., out of doors environments). The YCFR provides a synergistic environment for faculty, technicians and students working in and/or with autonomous systems and sensors, and provides administrative and technical support for the large-scale experimental equipment research in this area requires. The YCFR builds upon substantive investment at York in autonomous systems and provides a focus for interaction between York researchers and national and international research efforts in field robotics.

Director: Michael Jenkin
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 33162
Email: jenkin@cse.yorku.ca
Website: http://vgrserver.cse.yorku.ca/~vgrlab/wordpress/

York Centre for Vision Research

The York Centre for Vision Research (CVR) is an international leader in interdisciplinary studies of vision, ranging from clinical applications, studies of human perception, brain sciences, visual biometrics, and computational vision, to helpful tools for the visually-impaired, visually-guided computer interfaces for the hearing impaired, and visually-guided robots for the physically disabled.

Director: Laurence Harris
Administrative Assistant: Teresa Manini
Address: 0009 Computer Science Building
Telephone: 416.736.5659
Fax: 416.736.5857
Email: manini@cvr.yorku.ca
Web site: http://www.cvr.yorku.ca


The vision of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE) is to promote graceful aging by approaching aging with active and positive responses to changes and challenges throughout the aging process on a societal and individual level. Its mission is to contribute to improved health and well being for older adults.  By promoting innovative research, education and advocacy on graceful aging we wish to introduce a radical attitude shift about aging and contribute to improved health for older adults in Canada and around the world.

Director: Tamara Daly
Address: 014 HNES
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 22896
Email: yu_care@yorku.ca
Web site: http://yucare.info.yorku.ca/