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Sustainable-Focused Research Centres

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Sustainable-Focused Research Centres at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics and across the University of Guelph.

Lang faculty are engaged in a number of sustainable-focused research centres within the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics and across the University. A list of research centres and descriptions can be found below.

Centres and Institutes at Lang:


Food Innovation Research Lab

The Lang Food Innovation Research Lab comprises: the Longo’s Food Retail Lab, which facilitates research on food retailing, including the effect of nutritional labelling on product choice, including GMO labelling; The Schneider’s Research Lab, which facilitates research on how consumers value, learn about and choose different foods; and PJs Restaurant, a live restaurant equipped with cameras, which can be used to conduct research on food service, including dining preferences and behaviours and food waste.

International Institute for Sport Business and Leadership

Led by Lang professor Norm O'Reilly, the vision of the institute is to be the sought, referenced and intellectual home of sport business research in Canada, and the choice of doctoral students, media organizations, thought leaders and international collaborators in the field.

John F. Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise

Named in honour of the late John F. Wood, who was president and chief executive officer of W.C. Wood Co. Ltd., which was among North America’s largest appliance manufacturers, the Wood Centre provides transformational learning experiences for students. The Centre generates social entrepreneurship by creating innovative and sustainable solutions to economic, social and environmental problems in partnership with organizations from all sectors.

Marketing Analytics Centre

The Lang Marketing Analytics Centre facilitates academic and industry partnership to generate leading-edge research that improves management practice. Research focuses on consumerism and marketing analytics with focuses including: improving designs of nutrition labeling and encourage healthy food choices; developing models to understand and predict behaviors of cigarette manufacturers; developing predictive models of consumption behavior during epidemics and endemics; and studying the impact of functional food on consumers.


University of Guelph Research Centres:


Arrell Food Institute

The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph exists to elevate food to improve life, bringing people together to conduct research, train the next generation of food leaders and shape social, industrial and governmental decisions, always ensuring food is the central priority. Research topics include culture, health, environment, safety, food security and technology. Lang Professor Simon Somogyi is the Arrell Food Institute’s Arrell Chair in the Business of Food

Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI)

The Mission of CARE-AI is to advance multidisciplinary AI training and research, and its responsible application to foster economic growth and improve life. Multiple Lang faculty members are members of CARE-AI

Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI)

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) brings together community and campus skills and resources in order to advance community-identified research goals. CESI works to develop, implement and support evidence-informed, rigorous practices of: Critical community-engaged scholarship; Community engaged teaching and learning; and Knowledge mobilization.

Guelph Institute for Development Studies

GIDS provides undergraduate and graduate education, research and analysis related to development in Canada and internationally. The mandate of the Institute is to promote positive and inclusive change in the world towards social justice for all.

Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER)

GIER facilitates interdisciplinary research about the environment through a number of thematic working groups related to various environmental issues. The Institute facilitates research projects and the dissemination of knowledge through conferences and reports. A Lang faculty member serves on the GIER Governance Committee

India Research Centre (IRC)

The India Research Centre (IRC) at the University of Guelph aims to promote research on issues in India and the Indian diaspora. The Centre will create an intellectually stimulating environment to encourage learning and research on India and the Indian diaspora, to enhance diversity and inclusion, and to facilitate research partnerships between researchers and community-based organizations. Lang faculty are represented on the IRC Working Group

Live Work Well Research Centre

Lang faculty have a long history of involvement with the Live Work Well Research Centre (formerly the Centre for Families Work and Wellbeing) as researchers and as members of its Management Board. This Centre is focused on research that promotes family and individual well-being, responsive workplaces, and sustainable communities.

One Health Institute (OHI)

One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working on complex challenges at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. The mission of the One Health Institute is to enhance and promote academic, research and outreach programs to propel the University of Guelph to the forefront of One Health scholarship internationally. Lang faculty are represented on the OHI Advisory Board.