Research at York

Innovation. Research. Impact.

York is changing the way people think about everything from bees to the role of digital media in crises, patient‑centred care, climate change and women in engineering.

Join a community of scholars and researchers engaged with their fields as much as with the world at large. York’s 11 Faculties and Schools and 27 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.

Excellence in research is central to York University’s mission and is fundamental to the university’s ability to contribute to the economic, scientific, cultural and social health of our society. Research at York takes place in every discipline and spans the full spectrum of disciplines from the pure and applied sciences through business, law, and the humanities and social sciences.

Points of Pride

Research Impact

  • Higher Education Strategy Associates ranked York one of the top 10 universities in Canada for research impact.
  • A total of $18.9 million in research grants awarded by the SSHRC and partners and $9.8 million from NSERC speak to this significance.
  • York boasts 25 active Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, including one of the youngest to be inducted, the poet and scholar Priscila Uppal, as well as an allocation of 36 Canada
    Research Chairs and 28 Distinguished Research Professors.
  • Work at 24 interdisciplinary research centres and institutes is pushing the boundaries of knowledge further every day, whether at the world-renowned York Centre for Vision Research, the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security, or the cutting-edge Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology.


  • As one of the 20 greenest universities in the world, York is proud to house the first Faculty of Environmental Studies in Canada, and to offer a specialized MBA in Business & Sustainability.
  • York researchers in Science and in Engineering are leaders in environmental and sustainability research, investigating air composition, climate change and Arctic sea ice.
  • In early 2015, five York alumni were included on the Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 list of leaders with a proven track record in sustainable development.
  • The Las Nubes Project in Costa Rica aims to protect rainforest biodiversity and foster sustainable development in local communities, including coffee plantations.

Research Resources

Knowledge Mobilization

Do you want your research and scholarship to reach beyond the confines of the university and make a difference in the world?

York is a recognized leader in Knowledge Mobilization (KM), which makes research useful to society by maximizing its social, environmental and economic impact. How does it work? By matching researchers and students in all disciplines with partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors, enabling transformation in policy or professional practice. York also leads ResearchImpact, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network, which includes 10 other renowned universities.

Innovation York

Looking for support with entrepreneurship, commercialization or industry partnerships? Innovation York is the commercialization and industry liaison unit for York University. It can assist you in creating innovative research projects and in effectively translating your research outcomes. Innovation York provides an integrated suite of services for the York research community to create a culture of industry-engaged research and to help realize its commercial, economic and social potential.

YorkU Magazine

YorkU is the official magazine of York University. With a circulation of more than 200,000, YorkU features an array of exciting research projects and success stories led by York community members. Read the latest edition at YorkU Magazine.