A catalyst for change through research

The Trent Community Research Centre facilitates community-based research in Peterborough, Ontario. By connecting passionate students at Trent University with community groups with research questions, we aim to be a catalyst of community change through research. We provide students with enriching educational experiences while delivering relevant, valuable research to our community partners.



Photo credit: Elizabeth Thipphawong

TCRC integrates into Trent University

The Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC) and Trent University are pleased to announce that the TCRC will be formally integrated into the University as of July 1, 2018.  With this transition into the University the TCRC will be able to expand its relationships in the community by increasing the opportunities for students to engage in high-quality research that will address issues community organizations are facing.  This transition builds on the longstanding relationship between the TCRC and Trent University in responding to the needs of our community.

Read more here.

Research Achievements

Community Support Court Records Analysis
Host organization: Peterborough Local HSJCC
Student: Nhu Nguyen (Psychology)

The Peterborough Community Support Court (CSC) is an alternative court for offenders with mental health or addictions issues, with the goal of minimizing jail time and reducing recidivism rates. It was established in 2011, but it has never been evaluated. Nhu researched best practices for alternative courts and evaluated Peterborough’s CSC. Learn more here.

Harper Creek Permeability Study
Host organization: Peterborough GreenUP
Student: Emily Amon (Environmental Sciences & Studies)

Harper Creek is an ecologically sensitive area in the south end of Peterborough. Increasing levels of stormwater runoff into the creek are one concern, so Emily’s project mapped the watershed to determine the highest priority locations for rain gardens and other projects that reduce runoff and mitigate flood risk. Learn more about Emily’s project here.