Laurier Research Centres & Institutions

Research activity at Laurier is expanding rapidly, with an increasing number of faculty earning national and international reputations in their areas of expertise. To facilitate and encourage research, the following research centres have been established. These centres create a focus for research by a group of scholars and provide a research environment to stimulate and nurture the research training of graduate students.

University Based Centres

Centre for Women in Science
Director: Dr. Shohini Ghose, Associate Professor of Physics & Computer Science,, ext. 2891

The mission of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science is to build a strong community for women in science through research, communication, and action. The goal is to support and facilitate research by women and about women in science and mathematical social sciences, to develop and implement strategies to stimulate interest in science and mathematics, triggering dialogue and discussion, and to build strong networks and partnerships with academia, industry and government, while promoting and publicizing science in the community.

Cold Regions Research Centre
Director: Dr. Richard Petrone,, ext. 3744

The mandate of the Cold Regions Research Centre is to facilitate research and teaching about cold regions. Where possible, interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Membership in the centre extends to professors in several departments at Laurier and the University of Waterloo, and government research institutions in other provinces and the Northwest Territories. Current research by graduate students, professors and research scientists associated with the centre focus on cold regions hydrology, glaciology, geomorphology, and resource management in diverse cold regions environments including Pakiistan, the Canadian Arctic and subarctic, Alaska and the Yukon, the Rocky Mountains and the northern temperate region of Ontario's Canadian Shield.

The International Migration Research Centre
Director: Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts, Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies,, ext. 2263

The International Migration Research Centre serves as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis and proposal development related to international migration and mobility on the global, national and regional scale.

Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies
Director: Terry Copp, Professor Emeritus of History, ext. 3309

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) was founded in 1991 to foster research, teaching and public discussion of military and strategic issues of national and international significance. The research activities of the centre are multidisciplinary, with concentrations in military history and in the strategic analysis of defence operations, including peacekeeping and arms control. The strategy component emphasizes the use of formal methods to analyze strategic problems and find practical solutions. The history component focuses on the armed forces of Canada and the conflicts in which they have been engaged. The LCMSDS supports, as well, classroom teaching and other educational activities in several departments, including history, mathematics and political science.

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP)
Andrea Perrella, Associate Professor of Political Science,, ext. 2719

The Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy studies issues pertaining to the creation, use and representation of public opinion in the policy process. The institute serves as a catalyst to promote individual and collaborative research on these issues. In addition, the institute monitors the practices and claims of the of the public opinion and interest group industries, and serves as an educational resource to the university and the larger community on questions and issues pertaining to those claims and practices.

Laurier Institute for Water Science
Director: Jim McGeer, Associate Professor of Biology,, ext. 3537

The Laurier Institute for Water Science encourages multi-disciplinary, collaborative research in three interconnected water-related disciplines: Hydrological Sciences, Ecological and Biogeochemical Sciences, Public Policy and Management.

Viessman European Research Centre
Director: Dr. Pierre Siklos, Professor of Economics,, ext. 2559

The Centre fosters multidisciplinary research on new and dynamic issues facing Europe in the 21st century. Relevant topics of research include European integration, regional development, external linkages, trade and political expansion as well as other overarching socio-economic problems. The centre also focuses on the so-called accession countries, that is, the countries that recently joined the European Community and how they relate to the older established countries. Over time, there has been a substantial interest in Europe by Laurier faculty and students. The initial start for this centre occurred in 1992 when a number of Laurier professors formed an informal research interest group on Europe, which has worked with a similar interest group at the Phillipps University in Marburg, Germany, a partner institution of Laurier. The group has held a number of symposia over time, hosted guest lectures, and published a discussion paper series on Europe, lately as papers on the Internet.

Faculty Based Centres

Centre for Supply Chain Management
Director: Dr. Chunming (Victor) Shi, Associate Professor of Operations and Decision Sciences (SBE),, ext. 2299

The Centre for Supply Chain Management (SMC), located within the School of Business & Economics (SBE), has the primary function of facilitating and coordinating research in supply chain management. The Centre ensures regular and useful communication between researchers and practitioners including strategic decision makers in supply chain management. The purpose of each communication (seminars/conferences/roundtables) is to ensure that relevant topics are well researched and the researched findings are disseminated in timely fashion to those who can use them. Related activities of the Centre include assisting in the development of education materials (BBA/MBA/PhD levels) and training initiatives with the Laurier community.

Financial Services Research Centre
Dr. Madhu Kalimipalli,  Associate Professor of Finance (SBE),, ext. 2187

The School of Business & Economics formed the Financial Services Research Centre to promote research on Canadian Capital Markets and Financial Institutions, and to develop stronger links between finance academics and practitioners in the financial sector.

Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Associate Professor of Psychology,, ext. 2992

In the 1960's, Cognitive Psychology emerged as one of the dynamic and fruitful areas of research in the behavioural sciences. Important models of memory, language, and perception, to name a few, were developed over the next 30 years. Although this work provided many important insights about the behavioural and computational processes underlying perception and cognition no account was made about how these processes were actually instantiated in the brain. To gain a complete understanding of how "people think" one needs to understand the brain processes that are ultimately responsible for the various processes identified by Cognitive Psychology.

Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action
Director: Dr. Manuel Riemer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, , ext. 2982

Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) is a Research Centre within Laurier's Community Psychology program, in the Faculty of Science. CCRLA partners with organizations and communities to promote understanding and action on community issues. The mandate is to promote strong community-university collaborative research partnerships to advance community health and social justice.

Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis
Director: Dr. William Morrison, Associate Professor of Economics (SBE),, ext. 2570

Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA) is based in the School of Business & Economics to serve as a focal point for research into economic policy at Laurier. The mission of the Centre is to develop and sponsor research in the area of economic policy. The centre will undertake three types of activities: 1. support of research through grants that primarily release faculty from teaching time; 2. sponsoring two conferences per year each investigating a different area of economic policy; and 3. sponsoring a working paper series. The Centre may become a focal point for visiting scholars and post-doctoral students.

Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc)
Dr. Lee Willingham, Associate Professor, Faculty of Music,, ext. 3621

The mission of the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) is to provide a scholarly research environment that considers and explores the musical lives of people in the community, and the resulting applications of musical practice on people and institutions. The fundamental belief that music plays a significant role in the life of practically every member of our society is central to the philosophy of LcMc.

Laurier Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship
Director: Dr. Barbara Carmichael, Professor of Geography,, ext. 2609

The Centre fosters research in the many dimensions of entrepreneurship. The mission is to develop and sponsor research linkages and activities with scholars throughout Laurier and beyond, and share and discuss the implications of this research with industry and governmental actors and represenatives as well as with local community members. Thus, the Centre establishes research linkages and seminars encouraging involvement with all Laurier faculties including Business, Science, Arts, Social Work, Education and Music. Activities conducted under this mandate include sponsoring research, assisting with the development of research, assisting with the development of research proposals, conducting seminars, organizing and conducting conferences, and linking members of the business community and governmental actors with academic scholars and scholarship. The Centre utilizes a broad and heterogeneous group of academics and regional experts, business people, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research
Heidi Ahonen, Professor of Music Therapy, ext. 2431

The Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) is the first university-based centre in Canada and only the fourth in the world. The overall focus of the centre will be to strengthen and shape the status of professional music therapy and music therapy research in Canada. The CIMTR will create a synergy among the research team members' areas of expertise, combining approaches and theoretical models to further the study of music therapy and its impact throughout the world. The CIMTR will provide a context for a wide variety of research and educational initiatives, involving and ultimately benefiting undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and music therapy professionals and researchers in music therapy and allied disciplines.

Manulife Centre for Healthy Living
Laurier Faculty of Social Work
The Centre promotes and conducts interpersonal research and education in the field of health and well-being. The MCHL strives to be community-based by reaching beyond the discipline of social work to community partner organizations, individual community stakeholders, and other disciplines.

P&G Centre for Business and Sustainability
Director: Dr. Barry Colbert, Assistant Professor of Policy & Strategic Management (SBE), ext. 2654

The P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability exists to foster sustainable management by developing and mobilizing knowledge on the integration of business and a sustainable global society. The P&G-CBS serves as a catalyst to bring together faculty researchers, students, and leaders in industry and civil society, in order to build capacity for progressive, socially and environmentally engaged management practice. The P&G-CBS also supports course curricula and student engagement activities aimed at developing a new generation of leaders committed to sustainable business management.

Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre
Director: Quincy Almeida, Associate Professor of Kinesiology,, ext. 2840

The Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC) will conduct research into movement disorders, predominately those found in individuals with Parkinson's disease. The centre conducts research that has immediate and direct impact on individuals in our community. Research foci include investigation of brain function, evaluation of internationally developed treatment strategies and devices, and the development of exercise rehabilitation for the alleviation of disease symptoms.

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa
Raymond Izarali, Assistant Professor of Criminology (Brantford),, ext. 5810

The Institute fosters research partnerships between academics in Canada and their counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa. It raises awareness of significant issues confronting contemporary Africa and encourages exchanges between Laurier and Botswana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa.