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.
Our Core Team
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.