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2020-21 Research in Review | New Online Supports

2020-21 Research in Review | New Online Supports

The LA&PS Research Office is committed to research excellence, community-engaged scholarship, and supporting knowledge mobilization and research impact.

In this "Research in Review" series, we’re celebrating significant research achievements for 2020-21, including major awards, external grants and funding for a new generation of emerging researchers.

In 2020-21, the LA&PS Research Office expanded upon pre-existing communication and knowledge mobilization supports with the addition of a new and improved LA&PS Research Support & Services website and an enhanced LA&PS Research Digest. Learn more about these advancements below.

New LA&PS Research Services Website

In summer 2021, the LA&PS Research Office launched a new research services website. The website serves as a central hub assisting faculty members with identifying funding opportunities, pre and post-award support, knowledge mobilization services and partnership development. On this site, our researchers and faculty members are able to:

  • Access Grant Support & Administration resources, including grant reviews, budget development and administration, guidance on equity, diversity, and inclusion, training, development and more.
  • Navigate Knowledge Mobilization (KM) services, including KM plan development, templates and internal/external resources to amplify research impact.

The research landscape in Canada and internationally is complex and dynamic. Our staff and internal programs help our researchers achieve success in this competitive environment with end-to-end support from proposal to grant administration and knowledge mobilization.

— David Cuff, Director, Strategic Research & Partnerships, LA&PS Research Office

Learn more about the LA&PS Research Office Team.

LA&PS Research Digest Spotlights

Also launched in summer 2021, the LA&PS Research Office's bi-weekly Research Digest Newsletter received a significant update - now featuring Research Spotlights from around the Faculty in each issue. Research Spotlights are brief snapshots showcasing LA&PS faculty members' work and celebrating research. This section of the Digest aims to acknowledge cutting-edge projects and knowledge mobilization best practices to advance a research impact culture at York University. The featured spotlights are rich in depth and breadth, and demonstrate research excellence by:

  • Recognizing Tri-Agency funding for cutting-edge research from instructors such as Mark Hayward, Communications and Media Studies (Insight Grant) and Jing Wang, Human Resources Management (Partnership Engage Grant).
  • Acknowledging the diversity, innovation and pioneering work brought by emerging scholars through underscoring LA&PS new hires and early career scholars such as Asad Haidar (Politics), Anja Krstic (Human Resources Management), Julia Polyck-O'Neill (Postdoctoral Fellow – Robarts Centre), Kate Reid (Postdoctoral Fellow – Robarts Centre) and Abigail Shabtay (Humanities).
  • Celebrating our most decorated internal funding recipients such as the inaugural LA&PS Black Scholars Research Fund awardees Akolisa Ufodike (Administrative Studies) and Tameka Samuels-Jones (Administrative Studies).
  • Honouring the most recent prestigious awards and accolades by our faculty members such as Sheila Embleton (Languages, Literatures & Linguistics), who was appointed President, Academic of Arts and Humanities, Royal Society of Canada, Richard Leblanc (Administrative Studies), who has been initiated as an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.

About the Research Digest Spotlight Series

The Spotlight Series fosters introduction and collaboration between researchers across campus as well as with non-academic stakeholders. Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and researchers are encouraged to connect with Dina Taha, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at, about their current research, knowledge mobilization outputs and events or partnerships they would like to promote.

For details on other research achievements from 2020-21, head to our accolades page.