Research and Community
Ryerson research includes a strong focus on real world problems: our faculty and students seek out partners beyond our campus to solve community problems by bringing their research expertise and talent to bear on compelling local, regional and national issues. Ryerson is also committed to sharing research knowledge and insights with our communities.
- The visual language of blindness
A School of Disability Studies student documents her journey into blindness in her acclaimed film Shadow Girl. Highly experimental, the film seeks to find new ways of representing blindness on screen.
- Periods made easy
Created in 2016, Easy Period specializes in 100 per cent organic hygiene products and is shipped to subscribers across Canada and into the U.S. The founder of easyperiod.ca is a 2013 Ryerson Psychology 2013 graduate.
- Canada: Bank of Montreal attempts to strengthen FinTech partnerships
The Bank of Montreal is looking to bolster its FinTech partnerships with the launch of a second four-month accelerator programme with the DMZ incubator at Ryerson University
- Rooting out bias in hiring practices
A Ryerson professor’s research found that applicants with Asian-sounding names were less likely to hear back from employers than those with English-sounding names. Her study has prompted the federal government to address discrimination.
- Vanier scholarships aid community-engaged student research
Psychology students to explore migrant trauma/resilience, arts-based health programs with government support.
- Pole-mounted energy storage pilot shows promise
The world’s first grid-scale pole-mounted energy storage system in Canada – developed by Ryerson and piloted by Toronto Hydro using eCAMION battery technology – is showing promising results.
- University entrepreneurs named Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
Three community members made BNN’s annual list – “a who’s-who of Canadian achievement” for young leaders — recognizing CEOs, presidents, technological disruptors, philanthropists, educators, and more.
- Ryerson's first Trudeau Scholar explores gender and immigration policy
A Policy Studies PhD candidate is researching the intersection between immigration policy and violence against women.
- The Secret To Coping To Social Anxiety May Not Necessarily Be What You Want To Hear
Researchers at Ryerson University conducted a study to see how people react to their own feelings of anxiety, and the results could offer some useful tools for anyone who finds social situations crippling.
- Toronto Hydro, Ryerson launch pilot project to store energy in pole-mounted compact box
Toronto Hydro is working with Ryerson's Centre for Urban Energy to pilot a pole-mounted system that works like a big battery. Each unit, storing 15 kilowatt hours of energy, is paired with a transformer and can supplement needs during peak hours in homes.
- Away from the glowing rectangles
A Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation runs Ryerson’s Synaesthetic Media Lab (Synlab), where she develops and experiments with tactile, physical tools that can interact with digital environments and information. Physical interaction can make a huge difference on the kinds of information people draw from data.
- Medical innovation starts here
What happens when an idea goes from the research lab to a hospital? It could lead to a breakthrough surgical system or a new artificial bone material that could improve outcomes in half-a-million spinal fusion procedures annually. This and other innovations are featured in Ryerson University Magazine’s summer edition, titled “Medical innovation starts here.”
- Towards a more sustainable campus
Committed to pursuing a more sustainable campus, Ryerson University has released its first Ryerson Sustainability Yearbook, highlighting the progress on environmental initiatives for the 2016-2017 year.
- 'Like Brain Boot Camp': Using Music to Ease Hearing Loss
Most of the people in a choir at Ryerson University in Toronto have joined a study testing how practicing music might help people with hearing loss handle noisy environments better. Understanding speech in noise is a top complaint among older adults with hearing loss. The SMART lab is an interdisciplinary research team at Ryerson University.
- Student group fosters biomedical innovation
When students from across disciplines come together to create a mechanical, electrical, and computer projects they can make a big difference to people in need. Now finishing its third year, Tetra Ryerson has become a key resource for students interested in biomedical innovation.
- Innovation through collaboration
The Ryerson Supercourse is a unique annual course that challenges a group of students from different programs to work with external partners, to develop digital ideas into market-researched functional prototypes. At the end of the semester, students showcase their projects to the Ryerson community and partners.
- He turns poetry into something you can hold
If a writer's task is to bring stories to life, Aaron Tucker has found a new way to make that happen: he's using 3D printers to transform literary works into sculptures.
- Why it may not pay to be nice
Study from Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) examines exchanges between tax agents and taxpayers.
- Can students build the world’s greatest Mars rover?
Ryerson Robotics Team to compete in University Rover Challenge
- Researchers make waves in the ultrasound world
A team of Ryerson researchers has developed a new method to create the uniformly minuscule microbubbles that are most desirable for use in ultrasound imaging.
- Thousands of sites for homes sit shovel-ready in Toronto area
The Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University in Toronto, issued a report declaring a “fundamental supply shortfall of serviced sites” for ground-related housing.
- Toronto has too much housing despite overall population growth: report
Don’t let the mushrooming condos downtown fool you. There is no housing shortage in Toronto, says new planning research out of Ryerson University.
- Terence Corcoran: Ontario’s Liberals feed another budget to the Big Green Central-Planning Monster
The new Ryerson report, by Frank Clayton and Ryerson development professor David Amborski, argues that the growth plan deliberately limited the supply of serviced land. Instead, the plan — whose current version is a dense 80-page manual of land-use regulations — fostered condo and apartment construction at the expense of single-family housing. The Ryerson report is a gem of condensed analysis that nails the 2006 plan as a primary cause of Toronto’s house-price mania.
- Showcasing the transport systems of the future
As a part of the CADENAS Industry Forum convention in March 2017, two successful Hyperloop teams introduced their projects. The Ryerson's International Hyperloop Team (RIHT) from Toronto and the WARR Hyperloop Team from the TU Munich. Both belong to the 27 finalist teams which presented their prototypes in Los Angeles in January.
- Report blames Ontario's 2006 growth plan for soaring house prices
While the number of housing units built in the Greater Toronto Area over the past decade has roughly tracked the increase in population in the region, there has been “a marked mismatch” between the types of units completed and the types demanded, according to the report from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University in Toronto.
- Ryerson University and University of Toronto Team Tops Race to Zero Student Design Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy announced winners of its fourth annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a collegiate competition engaging university students to design zero energy ready homes. A zero energy ready home is a high-performance home that is so energy efficient it can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption with renewable energy. This significantly reduces a home's annual energy costs while improving comfort, health, safety, and durability.
- Why do older clients fall for fraud?
Joint research done by the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and Ryerson University may have found the answer. In the study titled The Role of Cognition, Personality, and Trust in Fraud Victimization in Older Adults, researchers found that poorer cognitive skills are the main determinant of fraud victimization, rather than other factors.
- Students and police work together
Ryerson geography students develop mental health app with Toronto Police Service. Officers will have access to location-specific information on social services for people in crisis.
- There’s energy in the air
There’s energy in the air… overhead, to be exact. Researchers from Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy have developed the world’s first energy storage unit that can be mounted on top of a utility pole.
- Ryerson University students will disarm fake bombs with robots for final exam
For their final exam, Ryerson University students in the computer science program will wear bomb suits and try to disarm fake bombs with robots they've designed.
- Publisher donates thousands of historical books to Ryerson U
McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited (part of McGraw-Hill Education) has donated 3,000 books and 2,000 archival materials to Ryerson University Library’s Archives and Special Collections. Valued at nearly $1 million, the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collection represents the largest single donation ever received by the university library.
- The ins and outs of an Ivy League Hackathon
From March 31 to April 2, 500 students converged at Princeton University to show their new ideas and technologies, network with mentors, and create innovative software and hardware projects. Nehal Rao, Industrial Engineering student at Ryerson and intern at iBoost, won the $3,000 grand prize at HackPrinceton — the university’s annual hackathon.
- New York Times photos donated to Ryerson Image Centre
In conjunction with Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Ryerson Image Centre announced a promised gift of nearly 25,000 press photographs of Canadian news, events and personalities from the 20th century, drawn from The New York Times Photo Archive.
- Exploring the potential of pot
As the therapeutic benefits of cannabis continue to gain mainstream acceptance, a graduate student is among those leading the way to study this little-understood plant. Cannabis is a plant he’s been exploring for years, as a government-regulated grower, medical marijuana industry consultant and, for the last two years, through co-operative research projects at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
- Study finds gum-chewing shoppers spend more time browsing stores
New research from Ted Rogers School of Retail Management found that the act of chewing may encourage consumers to spend more time browsing in a store and thinking about what to buy.
- Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?
A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation looks at what as much as $4,500 a year will buy you in Canada’s two-tiered health-care system, such as no wait times, genetic analysis and added testing that isn’t always medically necessary.
- Barry Avrich donates archives to Ryerson
Documentary filmmaker’s collection features a who’s-who of 20th-century entertainment icons; he is donating his archives to the Faculty of Communication & Design for research and historical preservation.
- Together we protest
The Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of populism and the displacement of LGBTQ refugees worldwide are just some examples of what appears to be a new era of global hostility. However, activists are finding novel and non-violent ways to protest social injustice around the world, according to a Ryerson faculty member and her research collaborator at London South Bank University.
- City Building Institute
- Housing report suggests surtax on expensive homes could help Toronto market
A report, titled “In High Demand” by Ryerson’s City Building Institute, favours a tax on foreign buyers — similar to the one introduced in Vancouver — but suggests it should be implemented in addition to a “progressive surtax” on expensive homes owned by people who aren’t paying income tax, including people with foreign capital.
- Sousa promises measures to cool Ontario’s overheated housing market
A report by Ryerson University’s City Building Institute earlier this month urged a foreign-buyers’ tax or a progressive property tax to cool the market.
- Housing report suggests surtax on expensive homes could help Toronto market
- $2-million donation establishes Jarislowsky Chair in Democracy
Ryerson is pleased to announce the creation of a new research chair in the study and advancement of democracy thanks to a generous donation from The Jarislowsky Foundation.
- Students in Hyperloop competition pioneering the ‘fifth mode’ of transportation
Toronto Star article features the Ryerson Hyperloom team, consisting of six Ryerson aerospace engineering students.
- Inside the Kodak collection
The Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection at the Ryerson Archives and Special Collections tells the story of the rise and fall of the photography industry, and the day-to-day workplace culture of an industrial giant.
- Are You Being Discriminated Against Because of Your Name?
A recent joint University of Toronto and Ryerson University study found that when it comes to jobs requiring a university degree, Asian-named applicants have a 32.6 percent lower rate of interview selection when compared to Anglo-named applicants with equivalent Canadian qualifications. This trend was observed independently of the skill level required for the position and the size of the hiring company.
- Ottawa pilots ‘name-blind’ recruitment to reduce ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring
The Liberal government’s move came on the heels of a joint study by University of Toronto and Ryerson University earlier this year that found job candidates with Asian names and Canadian qualifications are less likely to be called for interviews than counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names even if they have a better education.
- Ottawa pilots ‘name-blind’ recruitment to reduce ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring
- How a nutrition graduate tackles feeding an NFL team
The Chicago Bears are more aware of what they eat with Jennifer Gibson, Food and Nutrition ’03, on the team
- Health equity for all
Professor Josephine Pui-Hing Wong, a Ryerson nursing graduate and now professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, works with people affected by HIV and mental illness stigma to build empowering programs. Her aim is to reduce health disparities that are not only unfair but also avoidable.
- Ryerson architecture students team up to beat the heat
With predictions stating that climate change will bring about a massive rise in heat waves, students in Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science undertook a wide-reaching project to help bring relief to vulnerable residents in high-rise buildings.
- Half-classroom, half-hospital
Ryerson Psychology students learn to treat patients next door at the St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team Clinic. The Psychology Training Clinic, open since 2010, is a collaboration between St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University’s Department of Psychology.
- International recognition for Ryerson fashion students
Ryerson’s School of Fashion was the winner of a competition to create a campaign to engage and connect the issue of violence against women with new audiences through a series of creative activities. Run by the United Nations Trust Fund and London College of Fashion, the competition categories were beauty, design, illustration, journalism, photography and film.
- Ryerson to host Congress 2017, May 27-June 2
Ryerson and the Faculty of Arts are thrilled to host the 86th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest academic gathering. Congress brings together more than 8,000 academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to exchange ideas for the future of Canada.
- Imagining alternative autonomous vehicle futures
Students from the Urban Planning Graduate Program made their own predictions, unveiling potential scenarios at an event hosted by the Ryerson City Building Institute. Planning for Autonomous Vehicles: Imagining Alternative Futures gave the students the opportunity to discuss the four scenarios they had built for the future integration of the different stages of autonomous vehicles.
- Hungry at school: Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian post-secondary students can’t afford to eat properly
Ryerson master’s student in social work was the primary researcher in a study that brings attention to ‘hidden’ problem on campuses
- Understanding E. coli mobility in humans may help control outbreaks
Ryerson researchers uncover how the bacteria reacts inside the intestinal tract
- New report links poverty and precarious labour to potential public health crisis
Ryerson study documents the adverse effects of casual, temporary and on-call work
- New science lab in the city
Ryerson University’s Faculty of Science officially opened its doors in the MaRS Discovery District yesterday, placing Ryerson researchers in the heart of a community focused on the next generation of science and technology research, application, and innovative collaboration.
- Ontario women, youth and low-income entrepreneurs pave the way forward
Entrepreneurship rates in Ontario are rapidly increasing, according to new joint research released today by Ryerson University, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Calgary-based Centre for Innovation Studies.
- New website helps Canadians work safely in the sun
Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC) is a Ryerson University-led national research project that is launching sunsafetyatwork.ca, supporting workplaces in helping protect their employees from the dangers of sun exposure.
- Magnet wins International Partnerships Network Gold Global Best Award
Ryerson University is proud to announce that Magnet, its non-for-profit social initiative formed in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has received the International Partnerships Network (IPN) Gold Global Best Award.
- Reclaiming industrial waste water – in minutes
Ryerson researcher develops new environmentally and economically-friendly treatment process.
- New Biomedical Engineering graduate program set to make its mark
The Biomedical Engineering graduate program is one of five new graduate programs launching fall 2016.
- 42% of Canadian jobs at high risk of being affected by automation, new study suggests
Canadian workforce is at high risk of being replaced by technology and computers in the next two decades, according to a new report by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson
- New study finds people cheat for others who belong in the same social circles
People sometimes cheat to help out others who are part of their social group even though they don’t receive any direct benefits themselves
- How leaders can counter cynicism in the workplace
Study finds employees who are cynical about their organization can take a more positive view of their workplace if they have a supportive manager – but it may not make them more loyal to their company
- Breast cancer screening study shows disparities among Ontario immigrant women
- Ryerson University and London South Bank University Partner to Launch International Creative Research and Academic Opportunities
Faculty of Communication and Design and LSBU’s School of Arts and Creative Industries team up to deliver research and education opportunities.
- A new composting culture, one hungry worm at a time
Thanks to the Microbe Hub, a farm of slimy garbage-dwellers have become some of Ryerson’s most dedicated environmental stewards.
- Climate Change Threatens Nutrients Essential to Human Health
Ryerson research suggests that by the year 2100, climate warming may limit production of omega-3 fatty acids necessary to support human health.
- Employees with supportive managers may be less cynical of workplace, but may not feel more loyal to company
New study suggests managers who provide career-building opportunities can boost employees’ job satisfaction, but may not encourage stronger ties to their organization.
- Slaight New Venture winner finds home at Biomedical Zone
Startup that has developed and patented material that mimics human bone is getting a chance to thrive at Ryerson’s Biomedical Zone.
- Meeting the electric vehicle challenge
PhD candidate’s dissertation research aims to increase adoption of electric vehicles in Ontario.
- $5 million in federal funding for energy storage research
Academic director of Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy will lead the NSERC Energy Storage Network.
- Research to a better future
Innovation and research for a better society
- Community and health research
Plain-language summaries of research in Faculty of Community Services