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Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and York Research Chairs (YRC)

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development.  Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Tier 1 chair positions must be full professors or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Tier 2 chair positions must be emerging scholars.

The York Research Chairs program is envisioned as an internal twin for the national Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. The level of support and recognition provided to York Research Chairs is expected to be aligned with supports and recognition provided through the CRC program.

York Research Chairs are available at two levels analogous to CRC chairs. Tier I York Research Chairs are open to established research leaders at the rank of Full Professor. Tier II York Research Chairs are aimed at emerging research leaders within 15 years of their first academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. Both have five-year terms that are renewable in the context of open-competition based on peer review and the continuing availability of resources.

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Canada Research Chairs

Name Canada Research Chair Title

Rosemary Coombe

CRC in Law, Communication and Culture

J. Douglas Crawford

CRC in Visual-Motor Neuroscience

Gordon Flett

CRC in Personality and Health

Joshua Fogel

CRC in the History of Modern China
Christian Haas CRC in Arctic Sea Ice Geophysics

Eric Hessels

CRC in Atomic Physics

David Hood

CRC in Cell Physiology

Christopher Innes

Christopher Innes

CRC in Performance and Culture

Joel Katz

CRC in Health Psychology

Theodore Noseworthy

CRC in Entrepreneurial Innovation

Leo Panitch

CRC in Comparative Political Economy
John Tsotsos CRC in Computational Vision

Leah Vosko

CRC in Feminist Political Economy

Jianhong Wu

CRC in Applied Mathematics

Georg Zoidl

CRC in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience


York Research Chairs

Tier I Chairs

Isabella Bakker

Isabella Bakker

York Research Chair in Global Economic Governance, Gender and Human Rights

Bakker’s research places a critical lens on global economic policy and governance practices. She is also examining reproductive healthcare, education, and welfare policies, in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis with the central aim of supporting the development of progressive, human-centred economic theories and policies.

Christopher Innes

Christopher Innes

York Research Chair in Performance and Culture

Innes works to advance new research on the historical and contemporary aspects of cultural expression within carnival and street theatre. The award will also support Innes’ research on Bertolt Brecht, cabaret and popular art, as well as the populist basis of Avant-Garde Theatre.

Roger Keil

Roger Keil

York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies

Keil’s research examines suburbanization, which is now a global phenomenon and a defining feature of the “urban century” we have just entered. His work will add to a greater understanding of our suburban futures, as new forms of work, housing, mobility and governance, as well as how human/non-human nature relationships take shape.

Sergey Krylov

York Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry

As the director of the Centre for Research on Biomolecular Chemistry, Krylov’s lab will work collaboratively with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and instrumentation companies on the development of personalized approaches to cancer medicine.

Obiora Okafor


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York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies

Building on an ongoing research project about Canadian/Nigerian cooperation on human rights (including in the sub-areas of economic and social rights, judicial strengthening, institution building, democratization and poverty alleviation), and other research projects, the award supports the expansion of Okafor’s research to include a focus on the study of Canadian human rights cooperation initiatives with all of the countries in Anglophone West Africa.

Tier II Chairs

Mike Daly

Mike Daly

York Research Chair in Planetary Science

The York Research Chair will enable Daly’s participation in NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and the return of Canada’s first sample of material from another solar system.

Jane Heffernan

Jane Heffernan for YFile

York Research Chair in Multi-Scale Quantitative Methods for Evidence-Based Health Policy

 Heffernan’s research responds to the pressing need for new statistical, mathematical, and computational methods of mapping, understanding and controlling infectious diseases and aims to influence the development of new evidence-based public health policies. Heffernan is also the director of the Centre for Disease Modelling, and is involved in global health initiatives.

Anna Hudson

Anna Hudson

York Research Chair in Inuit Cultural Mobilization

Hudson will advance research into Inuit cultural globalization by exploring contemporary fusions of Indigenous storytelling with hip-hop, performance, game design, and videography. Supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant, the Chair will promote the development of a more equitable information and communication technology infrastructure and greater participation by Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut artists in global cultural dialogue, exchange, and digital preservation of Inuit art and cultural heritage.

Fuyuki Kurasawa

Fuyuki Kurasawa

York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship

His research will examine how the rise of digital culture is enabling laypeople and experts to collaborate in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. Furasawa will also examine how new technologies are reshaping practices of creation, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge about such global problems.

Rebecca Pillai Riddell

Rebecca Pillai Riddell

York Research Chair in Pain and Mental Health

The appointment will enable Pillai Riddell to translate her research findings into a community-based screening and intervention program that will integrate early childhood mental health into routine medical care.


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