About Us

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:

If you would like to view a list of Grants and Contracts received from 2006-2018, please contact the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation by email.

View the Implementation of the Public Health Service (PHS) New Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations at York University.

About the Senior Leadership Team

Vice-President Research & Innovation, Amir Asif

Amir Asif

Amir Asif assumed the role of Vice-President Research & Innovation on May 1, 2020. He had served as the Dean of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (GCS) at Concordia University since 2014. He is well known to members of the York community, having served as the founding Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from 2006 to 2014. As Chair, he transformed EECS into a comprehensive department offering programs in computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, digital media and computer security, which was selected as one of the two founding departments for the new Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Research Committee of the Engineering Deans Canada, the national council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science in Canada.

Professor Asif has more than 15 years of experience serving in senior university leadership positions.

Associate Vice-President Research, Celia Haig-Brown

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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, Rebecca Pillai Riddell

Rebecca Pillai Riddell

Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Ph.D., will help facilitate the promotion of strategic research development at York and lead the development of research policy that bridges the needs of researchers and the institution. She will work with Robert Haché, VPRI, and the other AVP (Professor Celia Haig-Brown) to enhance the services available for all researchers, help continue to track and build York’s research performance, provide leadership for York’s organized research units, and enlarge the University’s collaborative role with external stakeholders and communities. Pillai Riddell, Faculty of Health, has established the first norms for the development of acute pain behaviours in healthy infants, within the context of primary caregivers, through her Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (OUCH) Lab at York. Internationally, the OUCH cohort is known to be the largest and most in-depth longitudinal study on healthy infants and caregivers during vaccination to date.