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Research Centres and Institutes

Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry

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The Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry (CAC) is comprised of York scientists working within the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering. The centre's research includes laboratory, field and computer imulation studies that further our fundamental understanding of chemical processes in the atmosphere. Issues of interest include urban and regional oxidation, aerosol formation, stratospheric ozone, acid precipitation, airborne toxic chemicals, global atmospheric change and arctic pollution.

Director: Robert McLaren
Address: 006 Steacie Science and Engineering Building
Telephone: 416.736.5410
Fax: 416.736.5411

Centre for Feminist Research

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Comprised of York University faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from the York Women's Studies program, the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) focuses attention on feminist research, and has sponsored numerous seminars, lectures, and conferences on subjects such as violence against women, gender, migration and health, spirituality, human rights and equity in education. The Centre for Feminist Research also actively collaborates with community organizations and front line workers to investigate areas of common interest.

Director: Alison Crosby
Address: 6th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5915
Fax: 416.650.3900

Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies

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Comprised of faculty whose research interests span ancient Israel to contemporary Judaism and Jewish communities, the Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS) promotes Jewish Studies research while enhancing delivery of Jewish Studies courses on campus and offering stimulating scholarly programs open to the community. In addition to Judaism as a religion, Centre researchers explore the texts, histories, cultures, sociologies, languages, and fine arts of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present.

Director: Carl Ehrlich
Address: 758Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext.20191
Fax: 416.736.5344

Centre for Refugee Studies

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The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) is engaged in researching refugee issues, and also informs public discussion as well as policy development and practice innovation by international, governmental, advocacy and service organizations. The Centre is concerned with the displacement of populations and individuals across and within borders, a displacement resulting from persecution, expulsion, violence, violation of fundamental human rights, and loss of essential human security and livelihood.

Acting Director: Christina Clark-Kazak
Address: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5663
Fax: 416.736.5837

Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions

The Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions (CRBI) brings together researchers from the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at York University, to further understanding of the mechanistic details of how biomolecules interact with one another, the relationship between biomolecular interactions and cellular processes, and how biomolecular interactions can be used to diagnose and treat diseases.

Director: Sergey Krylov
Address: 340 Petrie Science & Engineering Building

Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science

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The Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS) enhances and facilitates collaborative, interdisciplinary research on topics including astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric dynamics, chemical physics, geodynamics, remote sensing, the space environment and robotics. It draws its members from the Departments of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, and Mathematics and Statistics. CRESS engages in observations from space, from balloons and air craft, and from the ground, as well as in data analysis and modelling. It has extensive national and international collaborations and works closely with industry, government departments and the Canadian Space Agency.

Director: James Whiteway
Address: 416 Petrie Science & Engineering Building
Telephone: 416.736.5247
Fax: 416.736.5626

Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry

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The Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry (CRMS) promotes mutually beneficial research collaboration in mass spectrometry both within and outside York University. Mass spectrometry is a very powerful analytical process that is used to identify unknown compounds, to quantify known compounds, and to elucidate the structure and chemical properties of molecules.

Director: Derek Wilson
Address: 238 Chemistry Building
Telephone: 416.736.2100 Extension 33555
Fax: 416.736.5936

Centre for Research on Language Contact

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The Centre for Research on Language Contact (CRLC) brings together the research activities of the faculty members and students of York University who investigate various aspects of language contact at both societal and individual levels. CRLC members investigate language contact from the perspective of several disciplines (e.g., linguistics, sociology, demography, psychology, political science, history and musicology) and in a variety of settings, Toronto and Ontario, other Canadian provinces and other countries throughout the world. The CRLC includes external members who are leading researchers in the field of Language Contact.

Interim Director: Maria Guzman
Address: 115D Hilliard Residence, Glendon College
Telephone: 416.736.2100 x 88325
Fax: 416.440.9570

Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean

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The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is an interdisciplinary research unit concerned with the economic development, political and social organization, and cultural contributions of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centre works to build academic and cultural links between these regions and Canada; to inform researchers, policy advisors, and the public on matters concerning the regions; and to assist in the development of research and teaching institutions that directly benefit the peoples of the regions.

Director: Carlota McAllister
Address: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.5237
Fax: 416.736.5737

The City Institute at York University

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The City Institute at York University engages in leading-edge research and critical analyses of the city, in all of its parts and manifestations. In addition to contributing to the knowledge base of academics, policymakers and civil society, the Institute seeks to open new intellectual and political spaces in which counter-discourses may be created to challenge received wisdom as the city of the 21st century takes shape.

Acting Director: Alison Bain
Address: 7th floor, Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416. 650.8125
Fax: 416.650.8069

Global Labour Research Centre

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The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) engages in the study of work, employment and labour in the context of a constantly changing global economy. The GLRC’s work is organized around four major themes: the impact of the changing nature of work and employment on labour rights; the interrelationships between migration, citizenship and work; gender relations at work and in labour movements; and the revitalization of workers’ movements. A hub for pan-university research collaboration amongst faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, the GLRC also collaborates with a range of labour and community partners to generate research that informs the debates and policies that will determine who benefits from work in the coming decades.

Directors: Stephanie Ross & Mark Thomas
Telephone: 416.736.2100 x 77386 or x 30205
Email: and

The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples

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The Tubman Institute at York University is proud to be part of an international network of research centres committed to overcoming injustice and inequity as a result of slavery. Our leading-edge research focusses on the forced and voluntary movement of African peoples around the world. As a social innovator, the Institute's mandate is to promote a greater understanding of the history of slavery and its legacy. The Institute fosters debate, informs public policy and strives to resolve current social injustices. Digital archiving technology enables the preservation of documents and other materials for easy access to historical records.

Named for the spirit of Harriet Tubman, liberator of her people, feminist, and humanist (c.1820-1913).

Director: Michele Johnson
Address: 353 York Lanes
Telephone: 416.736.2100 x.33058

Institute for Research on Digital Learning

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The Institute for Research on Digital Learning encourages the formation of links with faculty members across the university and with schools, government, and industry to provide collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to research problems and issues. The Institute concerns itself with the pedagogical uses of technology at all levels, in other words, how technology is used to teach.

Acting Director: Jennifer Jenson
Address: 1029 TEL Building
Telephone: 416.736.5019

Institute for Science and Technology Studies

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The Institute for Science and Technology Studies (iSTS) studies how science and technology has shaped and is shaping our world. Its researchers apply the social sciences and humanities’ most advanced methods and theories to long-standing and emerging questions about technoscience, and develop enlightened science policy to help guide communities and nations as they respond to persistent technological and scientific challenges and opportunities.

Director: Natasha Myers
Address: Room 309, Norman Bethune College
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 22028

Institute for Social Research

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The Institute for Social Research (ISR) promotes, undertakes and critically evaluates applied social research. The Institute ’s many research projects focus on a diverse range of areas, including education, housing, gender issues, energy and the environment, health and medical services, politics, law, social interaction and other social issues.

Director: Les Jacobs
Address: 5054 TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning Building)
Telephone: 416.736.5061
Fax: 416.736.5749

The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security

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The focus of the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security is the development and facilitation of a cross-disciplinary programme of research and project initiatives that enhance knowledge of issues related to a variety of transnational phenomena that are now, and for the foreseeable future, rapidly changing (and challenging) society, law and governance. By focusing on three thematic pillars - human rights, crime and security - the Centre seeks to harness the critical mass of talent and energy found at Osgoode Hall Law School and York University, alongside a network of Centre associates from universities around the world and from non-university sectors.

Director: Hengameh Saberi
Address: 3067 Ignat Kaneff Building
Telephone: 416.736.5586
Fax: 416.650.4321

LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research

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The LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research is a collaborative group of faculty and students that supports community-engaged interdisciplinary research in health, education, relationships and development of infants, children, adolescents, emerging adults and families everywhere.

Director: Yvonne Bohr
Address: 5022 TEL
Telephone: 416.736.2100 x40561
Fax: 416.736.5647

Muscle Health Research Centre

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The Muscle Health Research Centre (MHRC) provides a centralized and focused research emphasis on the importance of skeletal muscle to the overall health and well-being of Canadians. Skeletal muscle, 40 per cent of a human's body mass, is a unique and large tissue that significantly contributes to an individual's metabolism, locomotion, and overall quality of life.

Based in the Faculty of Health, the MHRC facilitates the integrated study of muscle biology in the broadest terms, including muscle development, disease, metabolism, blood supply, injury and regeneration, and adaptation to acute and chronic exercise. Approaches used by faculty and graduate students for the study of muscle include molecular, cellular and whole-body techniques.

Director: David Hood
Address: 342 Farqhuarson Bldg

Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

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The mandate of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies is to promote and support interdisciplinary and discipline specific research pertinent to the study of Canada. Over the years the Centre has expanded to encompass a theme of "Canada in the World."

Director: Gabrielle Slowey
Address: 724 Kaneff Tower
Telephone: 416.736.2100 ext. 22564
Fax: 416.736.5739

Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

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Sensorium supports cross-disciplinary research in new application and content creation, scientific inquiry, policy development and critical discourse in digital media. Areas of specialization will include: 30 cinema and stereography, perceptual science, advanced visualization, immersive environments, interface and interaction design, physical computing, and networked media architecture. Sensorium
will serve as a catalyst for new ideas and experimentation by linking existing labs and consolidating resources, supporting student training, and encouraging community and industry partnerships.

Director: Janine Marchessault
Telephone: 416.736.2100 x 33485

York Centre for Asian Research

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The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) promotes excellence in research on historic and contemporary Asia and Asian Diaspora communities. The centre supports Asian Studies at York University and the University’s engagement with Asia and Asian diaspora communities through research and graduate student training, and through linkages with relevant institutions, policymakers, communities and business people. More widely, YCAR cooperates with academic and other partners nationally and internationally to promote public understanding of Asia and Asian Diasporas and Canada’s multiple engagements with the region. YCAR offers memberships to faculty, graduate students and other researchers. Its members study Southeast, East and South Asia as well as Asian Diaspora communities.

Director: Philip Kelly
Address: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower 
Telephone: 416.736.5821
Fax: 416.736.5688

York Centre for Field Robotics

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The York Centre for Field Robotics (YCFR) within the Lassonde School of Engineering brings together researchers with interest in sensing, planning and locomotion tasks situated in realistic (e.g., out of doors environments). The YCFR provides a synergistic environment for faculty, technicians and students working in and/or with autonomous systems and sensors, and provides administrative and technical support for the large-scale experimental equipment research in this area requires. The YCFR builds upon substantive investment at York in autonomous systems and will provide a focus for interaction between York researchers and national and international research efforts in field robotics.

Director: Michael Jenkin

York Centre for Vision Research

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The York Centre for Vision Research (CVR) is an international leader in interdisciplinary studies of vision, ranging from clinical applications, studies of human perception, brain sciences, visual biometrics, and computational vision, to helpful tools for the visually-impaired, visually-guided computer interfaces for the hearing impaired, and visually-guided robots for the physically disabled.

Director: Laurence Harris
Address: 0009 Computer Science Building
Telephone: 416.736.5659
Fax: 416.736.5857

York Institute for Health Research

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The York Institute for Health Research (YIHR) promotes interdisciplinary health research. Comprised of faculty from law and the social, health, and environmental sciences, YIHR is based upon the assumption that health depends upon many interacting variables — social, political, economic, cultural and historical — and that without attention to these variables, efforts at intervention are likely to fail.

Director: Jianhong Wu
Address: 5021 TEL Building
Telephone: 416.736.5941
Fax: 416.736.5986


Director: William Gage

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