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Innovative Research Centres and Institutes

The Faculty of Arts is home to several prestigious research chairs, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, and boasts a thriving culture of centres and institutes. The chairs and centres represent dynamic focal points for world-class research, innovation, and creative practice. Several faculty members serve as chairs or directors of centres linked or housed across Ryerson Faculties including the Ted Rogers School of Management (Eaton Chair) and the Faculty of Community Services (Sam Gindin Chair) as well as across graduate programs including Literatures of Modernity (MA), Policy Studies (PhD), Psychology (MA/PhD), Public Policy & Administration (MA), and Spatial Analysis (MA). Additional links connect interdisciplinary programs in Communication and Culture (MA/PhD) and in Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA).

Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature & Culture (Tier 1)

Established in 2005, the Canada Research Chair Program in Modern Literature and Culture is housed in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University with links to English, Image Arts, Fashion, and the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. Dr. Irene Gammel, a Professor in Ryerson’s Department of English, is the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture and the Director of the Centre.

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Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Aging
(Tier 2)

Julia Spaniol’s research explores the impact of aging on both contextual decisions, such as the timing of an event, and on decision-making. As these thought processes decrease when people get older, motivational and emotional capacities tend to stabilize or improve with age. Spaniol investigates how motivation and reward can affect cognition throughout a lifespan and how maximizing the cognitive strengths of older adults could help to counterbalance cognitive deficits.

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Other Chairs

Eaton Chair in Retailing

The Eaton Chair in Retailing is a $2.1 million dollar endowed Chair that was established at Ryerson University in 1994 with the research objectives of improving, through research and publication, the performance of Canadian retailing, and to build recognition of the retail industry as a profession that merits specialized attention, training, and development. Dr. Tony Hernandez, a Professor in the Department of Geography, is the current Eaton Chair in Retailing and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity.

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Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy

The mandate of the Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracyy — the first union-endowed chair at a Canadian university — is to create a hub of interaction between social justice activists and academics at Ryerson. Kiké Roach is the current Unifor Chair.

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The Jack Layton Chair

Jack Layton began his political career as a Ryersonian. The Jack Layton Chair advances Layton’s legacy of political and humanitarian leadership by engaging in a variety of activities that are in keeping with his wide-ranging interests and commitments on issues as diverse as environmental sustainability, homelessness, homophobia, liveable cities, violence against women, labour rights, youth engagement, public health, and inclusive democracy. Dr. Ken Moffatt, a Professor in Ryerson’s Department of Social Work, currently serves as The Jack Layton Chair. Donate to the Jack Layton Chair program.

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Research Centres

Centre for Digital Humanities

By engaging in collaborative research at the critical intersection of the material and the digital, The Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) contributes to scholarly and societal knowledge about cultural objects, makers, and users. Through the iterative process of designing online environments for the preservation, visualization, and analysis of cultural texts and histories, CDH projects investigate the ways in which digital mediation fosters new ways of critical thinking through making.

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Centre for Indigenous Governance

In addition to offering leaders from Aboriginal communities a variety of workshops, seminars and training programs to address governance concerns, The Centre for Indigenous Governance fosters collaborative research on governance issues such as citizenship, treaties or land claims. The Centre builds capacity for Indigenous governance, advances research in governance issues, and increases educational opportunities for Aboriginal students.

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Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research

The Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research studies stress as it occurs across the entire human lifespan, from infancy through adulthood into old age. The Institute brings together a leading edge team of international researchers, clinicians, and trainees from Canada, USA, UK, and China with key skill sets in the biological, cognitive-behavioural, and subjective aspects of stress.

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Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre

The Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre researches literary and cultural production in the modernist era (from 1880 to 1940), and preserves and advances modernist women’s heritage while promoting modern Canadian heritage within an international context. The Centre focuses on early twentieth-century modern literature and culture within a broad range of topics such as avant-garde literature and art, salon culture, visual culture, Modernism, modernist biography and life writing.

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Psychology Research & Training Centre

Dedicated to science, health, and discovery, the Psychology Research & Training Centre (PRTC) occupies the second floor of the South Bond Building and represents over 10,000 square feet of research and training space. The labs in the PRTC are dedicated to such research areas such as Aboriginal Health, Community Psychology, Health and Gender, HIV Prevention, and Media and Social Development.

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Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity

The Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA) is a member-supported non-profit research centre at Ryerson. The CSCA studies location-based trends in the consumer service sector and collects and reports on a broad array of location data sets, facilitating discussion of emerging industry issues and the exchange of ideas while promoting research, innovation, education and debate.

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Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies

Designed to advance policy-related research and scholarship in the areas of immigration and settlement studies, both nationally and internationally, The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) aims to be a leader in the transdisciplinary exploration of international migration, integration, and diaspora and refugee studies.

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Research Collaboratories

Arts Research Collaboratory

The Arts Research Collaboratory (ARC) facilitates innovative interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, bringing together Ryerson Arts faculty as Fellows to form a team of member researchers. Collaboration within the ARC and with external consortia transcends disciplinary boundaries, enabling multidimensional research into selected critical themes.

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