Research Focus

The COVID-19 pandemic has made traditionally underrepresented groups within the workplace even more vulnerable and made the impact of social inequalities more visible. Measures such as physical distancing, working from home, not working, etc., are having implications for inclusion at work or may have implications in the future.

Of particular interest is the impact on the most vulnerable workers in our communities. These include, among others, new Canadians, Indigenous individuals, individuals with disabilities, parents tasked with both working from home and educating their children, those in remote communities, those without access to the internet from home and those in precarious employment.

“By supporting research on the impact of the COVID-19 response on workplace inclusion we hope to ensure that the importance of workplace inclusion – in all its forms – is at the forefront as responses to COVID-19 continue to evolve.”

Luciara Nardon and Merridee Bujaki, Co-Directors, CRIW

To help ensure that the needs of vulnerable populations are understood and taken into consideration, CRIW is supporting research initiatives that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplace inclusion.

Project spotlight

CRIW Ignite! COVID-19 Special Funding

CRIW Ignite! COVID-19 Special Funding is a supplement to the CRIW Ignite! Research Grant program. It provides up to $5,000 to fund up to four (4) collaborative research projects examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplace inclusion. For more information, please visit CRIW Ignite! COVID-19 Special Funding.

For details on the research projects funded, please see the grant announcements for 2020 CRIW Ignite! and CRIW Ignite! COVID-19 Special Funding.

Research projects

Project Title Project Team
Exploring the Consequences of Work-Family Imbalance Dr. Linda Duxbury
Dr. Anita Grace
Ms. Sandra Nelson
Faculty Writing Groups and COVID-19 Research Support Dr. Merridee Bujaki
Dr. Melissa Redmond
Dr. Sarah E.K. Smith
Pandemic, Panic, and Precarity: Interviews with International Students Stranded in Ottawa During COVID-19 Dr. Luciara Nardon
Dr. Amrita Hari
The Changing Nature of Work due to COVID-19 Dr. Linda Schweitzer
Dr. Sean Lyons
Ms. Katarina Lauch
The Effect of Regional Culture on Social Distancing and Business Activities During the Pandemic Dr. Alan Cai
Dr. Zhilin Yang
The Impact of COVID-19 on Brick-and-Mortar Retail Workers Dr. Nada Elnahla
Dr. Leighann Neilson
Weathering the Storm Alone: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the Psychological and Job-related Well-being of Single Working Mothers Dr. Angela Dionisi
Dr. Kathryne Dupré
Ms. Chelsie Smith


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