Research and Innovation

Inspired Research. Real Impact.

Wilfrid Laurier University is an exceptional community for research and learning at every level. From our roots in Kitchener-Waterloo as a small Lutheran seminary that opened its doors in 1911, we have evolved into a comprehensive, multi-campus, multi-community university with an expanding research profile.

Today, Laurier offers big opportunities to deeply engage in research with a community of passionate and leading-edge researchers.

Research at Laurier is built on commitment to the Canadian and international communities we serve. No matter the field of study, our research connects interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity with communities to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

Jennifer Baltzer

Confronting a Fiery Future

As wildfires intensify across the Northwest Territories, Laurier’s Jennifer Baltzer is working with local partners to protect forest ecosystems and surrounding communities.

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“It's that lovely interplay between research and teaching that ignites passion in students. By teaching students the cutting edge of thinking in any discipline, you are making them future-ready.”

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research

Inspiring Conversations

The Inspiring Conversations webinar series showcases the timely, relevant research and expertise of Laurier faculty, staff and alumni. 


Laurier Milton Lecture Series

Members of the Milton community and beyond engage with Laurier researchers about important topics. A mixture of in-person and hybrid events.

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Research Excellence

Research Excellence: A Year in Review, the 2020/21 annual report for the Office of Research Services, is a collection of stories, podcasts and videos featuring the work of our impressive scholars. Though just a small cross-section of our diverse academic community, it represents the breadth and impact of Laurier research.

Canada Research Chairs
new external research funding in 2021/22
research centres and institutes