While students may not be on campus, Nipissing University says they have remained busy recently by contributing to regional recovery research.

University officials say the provincial government is funding 10 studies that aim to contribute to the recovery of the local community in the post-pandemic world. The funding, which amounted to $40,850 is going towards the following studies that are now underway:

  • Small-and medium-enterprises during and after COVID-19: Northern Ontario Perspective by Dr. Anahit Armenakyan
  • Narratives of COVID-19 Survival in Northeastern Ontario by Dr. Reade Davis
  • Working together in an age of social distancing: Shelter and wrap-around supports for homeless people in North Bay, Ontario by Dr. Serena Kataoka
  • Mapping and assessing potential changes in the spatial distribution of criminal activities in the City of North Bay, Ontario, during the COVID-19 pandemic by Dr. John Kovacs
  • Business Coping Strategies through the COVID-19 Crisis by Dr. Denyse Lafrance Horning and Dr. John Nadeau (co-investigator)
  • Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ontario Children’s Health-Related Behaviours by Dr. Barbi Law and Dr. Brenda Bruner (co-investigator)
  • Community Service in a Time of Coronavirus: The Impact of COVID-19 on Volunteering and Experiential Learning in the Non-Profit Sector in North Bay and surrounding areas by Dr. Manuel Litalien and Dr. Natalya Brown (co-investigator)
  • “The view from here”: The impacts of COVID-19 and associated social and physical distancing measures on the everyday conditions of life and care with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)-Rural Ontario Case Study by Dr. Anna Przednowek
  • COVID-19 and the Centralization of Power by Dr. David Tabachnick
  • The impact of COVID-19 on final year nursing students’ perceived clinical preparedness and educational experience by Dr. Veronika Williams, Dr. Tammie McParland (co-investigator) and Dr. Laurie Peachey (co-investigator)

“Research and knowledge sharing will play an important role in the ability of our community to recover from the broad sweeping impact of COVID-19,” said, Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research. “This funding offers a practical opportunity for our researchers to apply their disciplinary expertise to these complicated issues and give back to the city of North Bay in this time of uncertainty.”

Officials add that the findings will be shared with the community in the coming months.