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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Natural and Social Sciences

Natural and Social Science research at YukonU is varied, from geology and geophysics to housing, biodiversity monitoring, water quality, and more.

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Indigenous Self-Determination Institute

Linking the past to the present, as we prepare for the future.

Our work with the YukonU Research Centre addresses challenges faced by Indigenous governments and connects researchers to Indigenous communities, their problems and their policy interests.

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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
mine columns

Student studies northern mine tailings management 

YukonU student studies the impact that freeze-thaw cycles have on mine tailings.

YukonU student maps artefacts and bones 

YukonU student, Alyssa Benoit, digitally mapped items found at the Little John archaeological site.
Yukon River headwaters

Weather station adventures

Fieldwork can be both fun, frustrating and beautiful! Watch our climate change researchers maintain weather stations for hydro security.

Student maps permafrost  

Maude Bergeron-Lambert is a YukonU student mapping permafrost along the Dempster highway and in the Whitehorse area for the YukonU Research Centre. 

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