Young Lives Research

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


Young Lives Research Lab


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Who We Are

Dr. Kate Tilleczek is the Tier1 Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education, and Global Good and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. She is the founder and Director of the Young Lives Research Laboratory (CANADA) where she and her team employ global, interdisciplinary research approaches into how young people navigate wellbeing in the digital age.  continue reading >> 

What We Do

The Young Lives Research Laboratory houses Dr. Kate Tilleczek’s Canada Research Chair team and program of research.  At Young Lives, we examine intersections of education and wellbeing during a time in which modern societies marginalize too many of our young people. We work across four integrated clusters of research and development with, for, and by young people,   continue reading >> 

Rooted and Rising ProgramEmpowering Youth Climate Leaders through a radical education program, certified by York University. September 26 – December 6, 2020 Meet the Team & Partners

YLRL Welcomes  Research FellowPablo Aranguiz, Ph. D. student at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain, and Research Associate of YLRL will further his collaborations with Dr. Kate Tilleczek and her colleagues and partners at York, across Canada and around the globe through a Research Fellowship in Young Lives, Education and Global Good. Over the coming months, Pablo will expand his work and research on the role of education in just transitions towards sustainable societies and intercultural approaches to education for the care of the common world. 


What’s Happening

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Funded Research Clusters


We seek to better understand and re-design education that is with, for, and by young people as based in culture, context, and kindness.

Anthropocene &

Digital Age

We examine the folds and influences of the digital age on young people over time, place, and culture to better understand the deep paradox they encounter..

Youth & Planetary Health & Wellbeing

We investigate various holistic models of wellbeing  to understand how youth navigate their wellbeing and thus better support pressing health, social, and environmental concerns.


Theory & Method

We explore and develop innovations in theory and method including youth-attuned inquiry for decolonized and participatory engagement and outreach.

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