Making Connections

Research is often rooted in partnerships, whether it’s between two colleagues working together on a project or a complex effort involving multiple postsecondary institutions, different levels of government, industry partners, civil society organizations and public bodies such as school or health boards. Partnerships can connect people across the street or across multiple countries and international organizations.

To approach complex problems and intellectual challenges in meaningful ways, Laurier researchers participate in many partnerships varying in size, complexity, field of study and purpose. However, they have one thing in common: the understanding that accomplishing great things and having a positive impact on the world requires people to work together.

Building Communities

For more than 100 years, Laurier has placed a strong emphasis on working together with communities on and off campus. As Laurier’s research strengths grow, this has become a more explicit priority. The university’s 2019-2024 strategic plan includes:

  • Enriching Partnerships by facilitating mutually supportive relationships with alumni, other educational institutions, government, Indigenous communities, industry, and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Engaged Research by connecting research, scholarship and creative activity with communities and across disciplines to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

Laurier faculty and students are creating deep partnerships and participating in many forms of community-engaged and participant-driven research. External funders are recognizing Laurier’s strong commitment to research partnerships: in 2020, Laurier was awarded $3.1 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council partnership programs.


A Partnership for the Planet

The Government of the Northwest Territories-Laurier Partnership, a 10-year agreement recently extended to 2030, expands the territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and monitoring and to train the new expertise needed to manage its natural resources for future generations.