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Research Themes

Ryerson’s collaborative and multidisciplinary research cuts across 8 key themes that represent Ryerson’s strategic strengths and reflect the diverse scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity that is taking place across the university.

City Building + Social Justice

Human rights, equity, fairness, and a sustainable future are the foundation of Canadian values. Toronto, as one of the world’s most diverse cities, is an ideal place to pioneer new approaches to making these values a reality.

Design, Culture + Creative Industries

Art and culture expand the ways that we think about the world and our place in it, enriching our lives and helping us arrive at creative solutions to real-world problems.

Digital Media + Technology

Digital media has never been more important to Canada’s economy and society: generating new products and services, creating jobs, enhancing productivity, and improving accessibility.

Energy + Sustainability

The health of our planet is a responsibility we all share. To meet the challenges posed by environmental degradation, Canada must develop sustainable institutions, practices, and technologies.

Health + Well Being

As Canada’s public healthcare system copes with the country’s aging population, health promotion and preventative medicine will be critical to maintaining a productive society and improving quality of life.  

Management, Entrepreneurs + Competitiveness

Universities of the 21st century have to venture beyond their traditional academic roots to embrace innovation that is relevant to industry and the economic prosperity of Canada.

Teaching + Learning for the New Economy

A stronger connection between teaching and research are central to the long-term success of students and universities.

Technological + Industrial Innovation

New technological developments are rapidly being adopted in sectors that include manufacturing, robotics, construction, and more.