Research Consultancy

The Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) Research Consultancy is an invaluable partner for any organization seeking deep, data-driven insights to drive strategic decision-making. Their team of seasoned researchers and analysts bring a wealth of expertise across a range of social trends, delivering actionable intelligence that has consistently helped us navigate an increasingly complex societal landscape. NEST's rigorous methodologies, innovative analytical approaches, and keen interpretive skills make them a trusted advisor I would highly recommend to any forward-thinking community leader.

- Stephenie Ferrera, Project Coordinator, Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership


The NEST Research Consultancy bridges the gap between academia and the broader public by facilitating research collaborations between Western’s Faculty of Social Science and government, non-profit, and private organizations. Organizations in need of research and evaluation support are matched with faculty-supervised teams of qualified graduate student and postdoctoral researchers. Students and postdocs are provided with unique paid opportunities to network and gain experience conducting applied research for non-academic audiences. In turn, organizations are equipped with rigorous research to help inform their policies, programs, and decision-making.

Our researchers have expertise in:

• Summarizing literature – systematic reviews, meta-analyses
• Quantitative research – surveys, experiments, randomized controlled trials, program evaluation, performance measurement
• Qualitative research – interviews, focus groups, observational research, case studies
• Conveying results in an easily interpretable manner
• Developing evidence-based recommendations

and work in areas such as:

• Climate Change
• Food and Water Security
• Reconciliation
• Urban Development
• Local Governance
• Political Behaviour
• Social Inequality
• Discrimination
• Migration
• Human Capital and Productivity

and more...

Contact us to discuss how the NEST Research Consultancy can meet your needs!

Emily Nielsen, Consultancy Coordinator,, 519-661-2111 ext. 87961