Organized Research Units

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR) is a catalyst for global health research that fosters social innovation.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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).


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.


YU-CARE

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.