Our Core Team

Professor Kate Tilleczek holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Youth, Education & Global Good in the Faculty of Education at York University and serves on the Executive Committee of the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research.  She is an educator, founder (in 2009), and Director of the Young Lives Research Laboratorywhich employs global, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to community-based research with/by/for marginalized young people and their communities to understand how they navigate the challenges of the Anthropocene.  Her innovative, youth-centered research processes have led to re-imagining quality education for wellbeing and sustainable development for youth in a context wherein 2 billion young people comprise the largest planetary youth cohort in history. Professor Tilleczek is currently developing a Partnership for Youth and Planetary Wellbeing to investigate the newest social, educational and digital technology challenges for youth wellbeing, particularly in the social and economic contexts of the global pandemic. Working across countries and cultures with holistic models of wellbeing and ecological systems thinking, her research garners new understanding about the social development of young people and re-designing quality education with/by them in the nascent epoch of the Anthropocene. 

As Senior Research Associate and Manager for the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Deborah supports the work of the YLRL’s intercultural, interdisciplinary teams across Canada and the Americas.

An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Pablo’s work and research are focused on education and action for local and global sustainable development.

An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Jonah investigates the vast impacts of digital media, policy, and practice on young people today.

An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (CANADA), Janet’s work and research focus on socio-environmental impacts on the wellbeing and behaviour of young people.

An Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab, Matt focuses on youth access to mental health systems, Social and Emotional Learning, digital media and wellbeing.

James Stinson (PhD, U Toronto) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Health & Education in the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research and the Young Lives Research Lab (Faculty of Education) at York University.

Ph. D. Candidate at York University’s Faculty of Education, Roxy Cohen, investigates climate change leadership and wellbeing education with youth by collaboratively creating and reflecting on programs in university and community partnerships.

A Ph.D. student, Alexandre focuses on Indigenous knowledge and resurgence learning.

Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow and Documentary Filmmaker, Mark’s work specializes in youth climate projects and Reorienting Education through Sustainability.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Dr. James Stinson - (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Jonah Rimer - (Oxford University) 2016-2019; SSHRC
  • Dr. Brandi Bell - (Carleton University) 2013- 2018, CIHR
  • Dr. Tracy Deyell - (University of Colorado) 2015-16; SSHRC and CIHR
  • Dr. Janet Loebach - (University of Western Ontario) 2014-15: SSHRC
  • Dr. Laura Mae Lindo - (York University) 2013; SSHRC

Dr. Sara Guilamo, Ana Luisa Reyes, & Marlen Pérez  Dorville of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestre, Dominican Republic -- RCYP Team.

The Rights for Children and Youth Partnership Team at the 13th Annual Caribbean Child Research Conference, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago..

Arlene Smith, Victoria Rampersad, & Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago -- RCYP Team.