Project Spotlights

Every year, the TCRC supports over 100 Trent students as they do community-based research in the Peterborough area. The opportunity to do research that has an immediate, positive impact in their community often motivates students to do outstanding work. Browse the following examples of completed projects to get a sense of the exceptional work students do with us.

Harper Creek Permeability Study

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.

Emily’s project won the TCRC Academic Achievement in a Community Setting Award at our Celebration of Community Research in March 2017.

Read more about the project here. 

Analysis of Regional Situation Tables

Situation Tables are a new approach to delivering social services to individuals experiencing acute risk due to mental health, substance abuse, poverty, or other issues. They have been used in the Peterborough area for only a couple of years. Callum Stanford’s project evaluated their success and made recommendations for how they could be more effective.

Callum’s project won the TCRC Community Impact Award at our Celebration of Community Research in March 2017.

Read more about the project here. 

Making Early Diversion Work

Early diversion programs reduce the criminalization and incarceration of vulnerable populations by diverting them away from the criminal justice system and towards relevant services and supports.

Trent Browett and Scott Maufront studied Peterborough’s pre-charge diversion program in order to recommend how it could be used more effectively. Their results are already making a difference in how the Peterborough Police Service responds to at-risk individuals who have committed crimes.

Learn more about the project here. 

Peterborough’s Perception of Immigration

In 2015, the New Canadians Centre wanted to learn more about how residents of Peterborough perceived the city’s immigrant community.

Sabina Thiessen conducted interviews, distributed questionnaires, and designed a focus group to help the New Canadians Centre find the answers they were looking for. Sabina’s research found that people’s opinions about immigration are generally positive, though there are also common concerns and worries about increasing immigration levels.

Learn more about the project here.

The Fenians are Coming!


Host organization: Lang Pioneer Village

Students: Creighton Avery (Canadian Studies)

In the past few years Lang Pioneer Village has showcased historical re-enactments of Fenian raids which occurred in the mid 1800’s. However, they realized that their historical work could use more background research, particularly in making connections to local people. Having had two earlier very successful experiences with our CBE program, they approached the TCCBE again with this new project idea. Creighton Avery, a fourth-year archeology student was drawn to the project because of her own Irish ancestry. Overseen by Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, in the Trent University Canadian Studies department, Creighton showed herself to be extremely dedicated and thorough in her work at local archives and her research uncovered some significant new information, including making many connections to local personalities of the time. She was able to produce an impressive list of local people connected to the Raids that Lang visitors will be able to use for finding family relatives. Most satisfying of all was to see Creighton flourish during the project. She commented in her evaluation that “I originally saw it as a filler course, and a way to get experience…I didn’t think it would influence my career decisions. However, after completing this project, I’m leaning towards historic archaeology, so I can use archives and other documents to supplement archaeological finds.” For her efforts, Creighton was awarded the Innovative Presentation Award at this year’s Community Innovation Forum.

To read Creighton’s final report, click here.