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Prior research describes how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted some communities more than others and in unique ways, resulting in greater harm for some geographic, demographic and health communities. This project is interested in understanding how differences in neighbourhood environments affect community resilience – during the COVID-19 pandemic and in other contexts.   

We are developing research tools and methods for investigating neighbourhood stress and resilience across and within neighbourhoods. We are curious about the supportive role of digital places within a neighbourhood.  


  • Expand the ability to use digital social platforms to measure/map stress and resilience
  • Create accessible methods and tools for participatory mapping to assess individual and collective experiences of neighbourhood stress and resilience
  • Apply methods and tools to plan for post-pandemic resilience in partnership with the City of Hamilton


This project looks to investigate the following:

  • How has the use of public and communal places changed over the pandemic era?
  • How are resources in digital places being accessed by different communities?
  • How is this affecting perceived risk, well-being, and resilience?


This project is supported by a grant from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (Rapid Response)

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