The Research Shop

The Research Shop works with local and regional collaborations to engage graduate student interns in activities that serve community needs first. We focus on issues around environment, poverty alleviation, food security, and inclusion, however topics of research are diverse and reflect the applied research and knowledge needs of all partners. With assistance from senior PhD students, CESI staff, and community partners, interns review existing research, conduct community-based research, and mobilize knowledge. This work allows the Research Shop to:

  • Meet the research needs of diverse community collaborations in Guelph and Wellington County
  • Act a forum for graduate students, staff, and community partners to work together towards positive change
  • Increase the capacity of social agencies to provide evidence-informed frontline services
  • Inform and improve existing practices using evidence from research, community practice, and service users' experiences

As Research Shop interns, students learn a variety of professional skills and contribute their own expertise to collaborative, interdisciplinary contexts. Intern activities include:

  • Completing “rapid response” research for partners who require a quick turnaround of 2-6 weeks for a specific research question
  • Writing in-depth literature reviews that summarize research in a particular area
  • Conducting research involving informational interviews with community stakeholders to learn more about current needs and practices

All Research Shop reports are posted online at the University of Guelph’s Atrium, as free universal access further extends the potential reach and impact of this research.

For more information, please contact Karen Nelson, Research Shop Coordinator at