Network for Economic and Social Trends

About NEST: Western Social Science Research and Policy

Modern societies are experiencing unprecedented social and economic changes, including a slowdown in economic growth, rising inequality, and increasing ethnic diversity and geographic mobility.

NEST, the flagship research and policy alliance in the Faculty of Social Science at Western University, addresses these challenges by conducting world-class multidisciplinary research, fostering national and international collaborations, and facilitating the training of the next generation of leaders in academia, the private and non-profit sectors, and government.

NEST is the umbrella organization for all seven Western Research Centres in the Faculty of Social Science which set its agenda and provide its governance.  NEST also aims to train the next generation of policy researchers through mentorships, fellowships, and the new MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation program.

News & Announcements

NEST Team Recognized in Templeton World Charity Foundation's $60 Million Committment for Innovations in Human Flourishing | April  2021 
On April 29, 2021, Templeton World Charity Foundation announced the initial investment in a $60 million commitment for bold research that pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge to help people flourish. The global scientific Foundation selected 11 teams of researchers, including a Western University-based team led by Dr. Jordan Mansell, to receive inaugural awards of the Grand Challenges for Human Flourishing. Read More

Supporting Canada's COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs | March 25 2021 
Canada has been seen globally as a leader in immigration and integration policies and programs, and as an attractive and welcoming country for immigrants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, and international students. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the strengths of Canada’s immigration system, as well as some of the fault lines that have been developing over the last few years. Read More

New centre launches to understand the politics behind it all | November 30 2020
The Centre for the Study of Political Behaviour (CSPB) brings together researchers from across the Faculty of Social Science, as well as King’s University College and the Ivey School of Business, to study political behaviour.. Read More  

Esses: We should not be complacent about Canadians' welcoming attitudes toward immigrants | November 27 2020
Victoria Esses and colleagues Leah Hamilton from Mount Royal University and Aurelie Lacassagne from Laurentian University published an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, outlining some reasons why Canadians should not be complacent about Canadians’ welcoming attitudes toward immigrants. Read More

Coming soon: The Canadian Communities Policy Observatory | July 16 2020
Western’s Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) is pleased to announce the Canadian Communities Policy Observatory, a new web-based platform that will make it easier for policy makers, non-profit organizations, academics, journalists, and businesses to access data on Canadian urban centres, neighbourhoods, and regions. Read More

New MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation Will Prepare Students for Careers in Government, Not-for-Profit, and Private Sectors | July 2, 2020
The Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) and Faculty of Social Science are pleased to announce that the Interdisciplinary MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation (MRPE) has now received final approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance and is admitting its first cohort of students for September 2020. Read More


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