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

Interim Vice-President Research & Innovation, Rui Wang

Dr. Rui Wang

Rui Wang

Rui Wang, Ph.D., will lead the continued intensification of research and innovation at the University while continuing to serve as the Deputy Provost responsible for planning York’s permanent presence in Markham. There is considerable overlap on a range of research and academic activities in Markham and York Region that will create an opportunity for synergies while allowing for an integration of the portfolios over the next eight months while a formal search is conducted for the permanent Vice-President Research and Innovation.

Dr. Wang joined York from Laurentian University, where he was a member of the Department of Biology and served as Vice-President Research from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that appointment, he was Vice-President of Research and subsequently Vice-President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation at Lakehead University. Having served in the role of VP Research at two separate institutions, Dr Wang brings a wealth of relevant expertise and experience to the role at York.

Associate Vice-President Research, Celia Haig-Brown

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Celia Haig-Brown, Associate Vice-President Research

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 Associate Vice-President Research

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.