Our research

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


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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YukonU Research Stories

Archaeological field work

Aging one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Yukon

Michael Grooms wants to understand the unique geological context of one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Yukon.
Nina Vogt in the field

Permafrost thaw and vegetation change

Nina Vogt studied how permafrost thaw influences vegetation change in Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Nadele Flyn

Mapping climate change in trees

Nadele Flynn is researching how Boreal tree species are coping with a changing climate. 
Taylor in the YRC laboratory

Approval statistics for the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board

A YukonU student is researching how socio-economic and environmental impacts are considered in Yukon’s assessment process.