Research at Brock

Brock research has a heart for community and a head for innovation. Our passion drives us to discover, disseminate, and apply new knowledge. Improving quality of life through leading-edge research and scholarship is what we’re all about. We are heavily invested in the economic, social and cultural health of our community and beyond. Scores of partnerships between the community and all faculties within the University make research a two-way process: we learn from one another as we discover and innovate together.

We are very proud of the research that Faculties and departments generate at Brock and the contributions that our researchers make to society. Here, we give an overview of our research themes and provide a few highlights of the innovative and creative work being done all across the University. For a deeper look at our research, see the 2019-2025 Brock University Strategic Research Plan. Please visit our Faculty and department pages for more information and further examples of our research.

If you are a Brock University researcher seeking support, please visit our internal Services for Researchers site or contact the Office of Research Services.

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Investing in Niagara

We help grow Niagara’s economic and social life, particularly through our internationally-renowned grape and wine research and through our community think-tank.

Brain and behaviour

Our brain and behaviour research gives us a deeper understanding of all stages of human development, especially with our children and adolescents.

Promoting health and well-being

The results of our health and well-being research range from international breakthroughs to fitness programs for seniors and people living with disabilities.

“Natural factories” and green chemistry

Our scientists work with plants to create products and process used in green chemistry and anti-cancer drugs, among others.

Our precious environment

Research on our natural environment gives us clues to tackling climate change, water governance and even life on Mars!

Creating a just world

We attain deeper understanding of social justice issues, particularly in the areas of labour rights and animal justice.

Research at a glance


Canada Research Chair positions

Level 3

Brock’s Containment Level 3 lab with an insectary is the only one of its kind in Canada.


Funding from industry partners for research at Brock jumped 69.1 per cent from 2013 to 2017

2018 Research Infosource Report


Research Institutes & Centres


A 243.8% rate increase in publishing rate, second-highest among 14 universities.
2016 Research Infosource Report


3,930 publications from 2000 to 2014, second-highest among 14 universities.
2016 Research Infosource Report