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At Mount Royal, diverse research is complementary to teaching, learning and liberal education for our undergraduate students. Our research efforts are extremely collaborative, with academics from across disciplines coming together to create and share new knowledge. We believe in creating positive change by seeking out partnerships with other organizations and Indigenous communities. Undergraduate students can also engage in research and scholarship, which is of great value to their future, whether they go into the workforce or pursue graduate school.

External funding is needed to support research activities requiring special equipment, space or other infrastructure, additional time or administrative support. Our institutes and centres, which provide essential leadership on research and scholarship, also require external funding.

Join us in supporting these one-of-a-kind programs:

Resilience and sustainability: In a rapidly changing and uncertain world, our researchers are working to create resilient communities and sustainable societies. Progress requires a disciplinary focus on constituents and interdisciplinary ways to embrace complex social-ecological systems. The Institute for Environmental Sustainability, the Centre for Community Disaster Research and the Miistakis Institute figure prominently in this area.

Social innovation, entrepreneurship and systems design: Mount Royal has strength in social innovation, as evidenced by our Ashoka U Changemaker Campus designation. Students, nonprofits and businesses do applied research with individual faculty members and through the Institute for Community Prosperity, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Trico Changemaker Studio.

Health and wellbeing: Research into individual and community health and wellbeing is robust and continues to grow at Mount Royal. Areas of strength include human physiology; connections between nature and health; violence prevention; child wellbeing; and, health care delivery and simulation. Our Centres and Institutes will continue to make these areas a priority.

People and places: Because Mount Royal is committed to liberal education, there is broad and diverse scholarly strength in humanities and social science research, including, but not limited to: politics, policy and justice; security; Indigenous studies; women, gender, sexuality and equity; creative writing; media; peace studies; refugee studies; and, religious studies. There is also growth in environmental humanities and digital humanities, as well as the scholarship of liberal education, overall.

Scholarship of teaching and learning: Mount Royal’s focus on undergraduate education results in a desire to do research on how students learn within and across disciplines, on innovative classroom practices and on the future of higher education. Led by the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, this is an area of strength where we can continue to build momentum with your help.

Science, technology and society: Our researchers are studying the physical world and our place in it, as well as current concerns such as digital arts, virtual realities and social media. This involves traditional scientific discovery, as well as research that integrates learning into communities, such as science communication. Emerging areas of strength and interest are data science, machine learning and analytics. There is a significant need for investment in research infrastructure (e.g., labs, instrumentation and technology).

Research chairs: Mount Royal wants to strengthen its research capacity by creating research chairs across the campus. As we become increasingly successful in securing grant funding, private-sector matching and supporting contributions are vital.

Endowed chairs: Establishing endowed research chairs enhances our research capacity, helps us get more grants and supports our ability to broaden partnerships.

Board of Governors chairs: These prestigious appointments create and mobilize knowledge to achieve research excellence. Awarded to leaders in their fields, chairholders will play a critical role in deepening our knowledge base, strengthening teaching, training students and bolstering research capacity.

Canada Research Chairs: We recently secured our first Tier 2 Canada Research Chair – a milestone in Mount Royal’s research advancement. With your help, we want to hire three more chairs.

Scholars and researchers in residence, internships and research assistantships: These roles contribute to a vibrant teaching and learning environment, where new knowledge is constantly created, shared and used to build stronger community partnerships. As well, the University’s profile is enhanced.

Emerging scholars fund: Many early-career scholars need financial support to start promising research programs. Funds go towards research activities and equipment, as well as support for undergraduate research assistants.

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Research Highlights

Making Canada's parks the most inclusive in the world

Student lead research and community engagement

Virtual reality takes to the soccer pitch