Dr. Kate Tilleczek | Professor, Scientific Director & Founder

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

Dr. Kate Tilleczek | Professor, Scientific Director & Founder

Dr. Kate Tilleczek

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

Dr. Kate Tilleczek has been examining the lives and times of children and youth for nearly three decades. As a SSHRC-funded Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education, and Global Good, and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University in Canada, Kate aims to witness and make space for dialogue across generations, place, and time about the ways in which young people (at 1.8 billion, now the largest global youth cohort in history) negotiate, experience, and teach us about their global and local contexts.Kate currently leads and collaborates on projects all across Canada and the Americas. As founder and director of the Young Lives Research Laboratory (CANADA) she is pleased to work with interdisciplinary and international teams of wonderful and talented people on four clusters of inquiry, including

  1. how youth and their communities negotiate the Anthropocene and Digital Age, 
  2. youth pathways into and out of wellbeing and towards Planetary Health, 
  3. re-imagining education with, for, and by youth, and 
  4. emerging theories and methodologies with, for, and by youth. 

In her York University Research Minute, Kate briefly describes her ongoing research and work.


  • 2018:  Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)- Youth, Education & Global Good
  • 2018: Research Leader (York University)
  • 2016: Nominated Graduate Faculty of Year (Student nomination, UPEI)
  • 2014:  Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)- Young Lives in Global/Local Contexts
  • 2013: Whitworth Award for Educational Research in Canada
  • 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. 

Dr. Tilleczek’s Adjunct Positions