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Impact Through Research and Innovation: Research Annual Report 2017/18

Laurier’s Year of Growth and Excellence

Research at Laurier has experienced a remarkable year of growth and excellence. Our scholars have taken on the most significant environmental, humanitarian and social issues facing society today and our research findings have been recognized by citizens and scholars around the world. Over the past year, we saw teams of researchers tackle complex issues — climate change, the Ontario provincial election, literacy, global migration, human rights, and workplace diversity and harassment.

The 2017/18 report focuses on the individuals who are dedicated to examining these issues and who have innovated and developed meaningful partnerships to ensure their work will have significant impacts on the communities we serve.

We are tremendously proud of our faculty members, students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their research programs and whose work is propelling the university forward. This report is a celebration of their research accomplishments and we look forward to what promises to be a successful year ahead.

Jeffery A. Jones
Interim Associate Vice-President: Research


Next-gen researchers
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Laurier students at all levels of study engage in cutting-edge research across our campuses.


Royal Society Inductees
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The Royal Society of Canada named Jennifer Baltzer (Biology) and Shohini Ghose (Physics and Computer Science), to the prestigious College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Research Leadership
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Among Laurier's research leaders are literacy expert and 2017/18 University Research Professor Alexandra Gottardo, and Karen Grépin, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Policy and Evaluation.

Interdisciplinary research
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Laurier's research centres and institutes tackle local and global challenges, often combining disciplines to explore problems from multiple angles.


  • #1
    #1Research-growth university in its category
  • 58%
    58%success in SSHRC Insight Development grants
  • 75%
    75%success in NSERC Discovery competition
  • 60%
    60%success in SSHRC Partnership Development grants
  • 7%
    7%increase in federal funding over 2016/17
  • $14.1
    $14.1million in new research funding
  • 12%
    12%increase in Tri-Council funding over 2016/17
  • 553
    553full-time faculty
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