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

Meet one of our students

Trent Browett has completed two community-based research projects with the TCRC, one for the Municipality of Dysart and the other for the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (Peterborough). “These experiences have by far been the most enriching experiences I’ve had during my undergraduate career,” Trent says in the video below.

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.