Opportunities for the Strategic Development of Research

Within the breadth of outstanding research at York, a number of areas of opportunities have emerged, where past accomplishments, new developments, momentum and timing provide particular opportunities for building research success.  Over the next five years, we see opportunities to significantly advance research of our six themes as well as particular research opportunities in five strategic areas.

Digital CulturesPicture of various interfaces on a globe, representing unity, environment etc.

York has been developing a national and international profile for its accomplishments in critically exploring the development of digital cultures.  Research in this area supports new applications, interfaces and content creation, scientific inquiry, design, policy development and critical discourse in digital media.  Through broad coordinated investments across many disciplines, we are extending and expanding our recognized leadership at the interface of an expanding cluster of creative industries in film, television, informatics, data visualization games and apps development.

Picture of hands holding cogsEngineering Research that Matters

The Lassonde School of Engineering is implementing a new approach to engineering that leverages the specific strengths of the broader York community.  Existing research areas will be complemented by new and expanded research programs in electrical, mechanical, civil and chemical engineering that push forward explorations of smart technologies for a green environment and healthier lives, and for enhanced public safety and security.  Research in these areas is helping to facilitate scientific and technological breakthroughs and meet the challenges of environmental sustainability, prevention and treatment of disease and development of new devices to make Canadian products competitive globally.

Couple riding their bicycles togetherHealthy Individuals, Healthy Communities and Global Health

Researchers at York are exploring the boundaries of innovation and scholarship as they seek to improve the health of individuals, communities and societies both nationally and globally.  Research in this area will build on our established strengths in cognitive science, mental, creative and physical health, critical disabilities, nursing and critical health issues. The establishment of a medical school at York would help to address Ontario's evolving and unmet clinical and community health needs by focusing on integrated interdisciplinary care, family medicine, community health and wellness through the lifespan.

Picture of adult hand holding tree planting, with youth hand supporting adult hand Public Engagement for a Just and Sustainable World

York researchers are building an international reputation for ground-breaking critical and collaborative research through their broad focus on urban environments and public policy.  Building on our rich history of research and remarkable range and depth of expertise, York is developing even stronger research programming that informs and addresses a range of challenges in urban environments that includes governance, planning, land use, infrastructure, economy, security, educational engagement, transportation energy and quality of life.

Picture of totem pole panelScholarship of Socially Engaged Research

York is a leader in knowledge mobilization and community-engaged research.  As such, we are ideally positioned to show universities how they can use academic research to fuel social innovation.  Researchers at York are working to maximize the opportunities and returns of socially engaged research across all the disciplines.  Social innovation finds new ways of addressing persistent social, environmental and economic challenges.  Our ongoing investment in this area will enhance our reputation as a leader in an area of research that is relevant to real world issues.