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Research and Innovation

Research at Laurier

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.

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

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One Tree at a Time

Laurier researchers are collaborating on an app to help young people save the planet.

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

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research

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Research for Thriving Communities

The 2018/19 Office of Research Services Annual Report has a special focus on research carried out with partners ranging from grassroots community groups to major international organizations. These stories are examples of how community-engaged research can result in concrete, positive change.

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332
externally funded projects
52%
increase in provincial/territorial funding over 2017/18
25
research centres and institutes