Researchers are addressing non-dominant, minority and marginalized voices and discourses, while confronting taken-for-granted beliefs concerning business, political and cultural institutions. This cluster also encompasses historical and contemporary patterns of religious change and interaction, migration and transcultural exchange. Researchers also examine the preservation and promotion of humanity’s cultural heritage.
Research in this field examines the ways gender is shaped by and intersects with factors such as racism, colonialism, heteronormativity, religion and poverty.
This cluster includes Indigenous scholarship by Laurier’s Indigenous faculty members, as well as research related to decolonizing practices and relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities.
Many of the defining factors that shape health status are related to social position. Researchers in this field aim to understand the social experiences of marginalized populations and how various forms of systemic and institutional violence impact their health.
Social justice research examines the systems and barriers to societal equality and seeks solutions to the unfair distribution of wealth, power and privilege.
User experience design research examines the design of systems, products and services that support diversity, equity and inclusion. Included in this is the exploration and understanding of computational and technological bias as well as the systemic processes which lead to bias in design and technology development.
Current research in education supports educational leaders to foster Indigeneity, equity, diversity and inclusion among learners, schools and school systems.