Research and Innovation

Inspired Research. Real Impact.

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.

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

Carlos Morgan playing guitar

Celebrating Black Musicians

In May 2022, the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community hosted the inaugural Mel Brown Music Festival and Symposium to celebrate Black musical heritage in Waterloo Region.

Rick Olsen and Jennifer Baltzer walking through northern forest

Inspired Research in Canada's North

Together with northern governments, Indigenous knowledge-holders and international academic networks, Laurier researchers are connecting western science with land-based practices to solve urgent problems and enhance well-being in the North.

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

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research

Inspiring Conversations

The Inspiring Conversations webinar series showcases the timely, relevant research and expertise of Laurier faculty, staff and alumni. 


Laurier Milton Lecture Series

Members of the Milton community and beyond engage with Laurier researchers about important topics. A mixture of in-person and hybrid events.

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Research Excellence

Research Excellence: A Year in Review, the 2020/21 annual report for the Office of Research Services, is a collection of stories, podcasts and videos featuring the work of our impressive scholars. Though just a small cross-section of our diverse academic community, it represents the breadth and impact of Laurier research.

Canada Research Chairs
new external research funding in 2021/22
research centres and institutes