Dr. Kate Tilleczek

Young Lives Research | We examine and support youth wellbeing on a complex planet

Dr. Kate Tilleczek

Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Founder & Scientific Director of YLRL

Kate Tilleczek is a Professor who holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Youth, Education & Global Good in the Faculty of Education at York University.  She is an educator, founder (in 2009) and Director of the Young Lives Research Laboratory which employs global, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to collaborative research with and for young people and their communities. The objective is to better understand and record how youth navigate challenges arising in contemporary local/global contexts (e.g. ecological degradation, digital technology, climate change, mental wellbeing). Professor Tilleczek has developed many innovative, youth-centered research processes and findings on these topics and put them to use in re-imagining quality education. She is currently developing a Partnership for Youth and Planetary Wellbeing to investigate emerging social, educational and digital challenges for youth wellbeing, particularly within the social and economic context of the COVID pandemic. Working across countries and cultures with holistic models of wellbeing and ecological systems thinking, Professor Tilleczek’s research garners new understanding about the wellbeing of young people and how we might re-design quality education and whole-of-society supports with/by them. 


2020: Fellow of McLauchlin College (York University)

2019:  Oscar Romera Award for Human Rights Education

2018:  Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) ~ Youth, Education & Global Good

2018:  Research Leader (York University)

2014:  Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) ~ Young Lives in Global/Local Contexts

2013:  Whitworth Award for Career Education Research Excellence (Canadian Education Association)

2013:  President’s Award for Achievement in Scholarly Endeavours (UPEI)

2009:  Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) ~ Youth Contexts and Transitions

In 2013 Kate accepted the CEA Whitworth Award for her work in marginalized youth education policy and practice, and her dedication to inquiry into how we can improve education for young people today, and in future, continues to grow. 

Leadership and Service (Current)

CurrentDirector (and founder in 2009)Young Lives Research Laboratory York University
Current  Chair, Research Advisory Committee  Pathways to Education Canada  
Current  Editor-in-Chief Bloomsbury Education & Childhood Series (“Youth”)Bloomsbury Publishing London, UK
Current  Co-Editor-in-Chief Children/Youth in the  Anthropocene SeriesRowan and Littlefield Publishing UK
Current  Editorial BoardAdolescence
Current  Editorial BoardSociological Studies of Children and Youth
Current  Advisory Board  In:cite Journal (A journal by/for youth)
Current  Advisory Committee Partnership for Rights for Children/Youth in the Americas (RCYP)Ryerson University – SSHRC Partnership Project