Our research

Our unique focus on Yukon and northern research is what sets us apart.

We're passionate about conducting research and scholarly activity on northern topics right here in the North. 

Inspired by western science and Indigenous knowledge

Our research draws on western science and Indigenous knowledge to share innovative, northern solutions with our communities, the North, and beyond.

Northern in focus

Our faculty and researchers work on a wide range of topics - from ornithology to electrical engineering, permafrost to pedagogy - and we continue to grow our research expertise in topics relevant to the North.

Grounded in strong partnerships

We collaborate with First Nations, municipal and territorial governments, Yukon communities, industry and other academic institutions.

YukonU Research Centre

The YukonU Research Centre is located on Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse. Formally established in 2010, we have been conducting, implementing and sharing research on northern topics for over three decades. 

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Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining

The Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining works closely with the YukonU Research Centre to address specific northern challenges and opportunities in the mining industry, and provides a critical link to industry allowing for comprehensive, applied research.

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University of the Arctic

Empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge

Yukon University is proud to be a founding member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).  As a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations, UArctic members share resources, facilities, and expertise to build and offer post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students.

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YukonU Research Stories

for the North and beyond
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YukonU students are fighting wildfires with technology 

Student research assistants developed a wildfire risk assessment model for Wildland Fire Management.
Dr. Shelagh Rowles

The impact of technology on the Yukon

By understanding Yukon’s history with technology, we can build our capacity to serve our social, economic and environmental interests. 
Two people operating a drone at a permafrost slump

Monitoring permafrost slides to protect highways 

Researchers are monitoring a permafrost slide near the Alaska Highway caused by riverbank erosion. 
Sara and Lisa

Our faculty are on Yukon’s COVID-19 modelling team

Two faculty have recently developed a research project to create and adapt disease models for northern communities.

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