Resources during COVID 19

University of Alberta

Restrictions on Field Research -

The University of Alberta has set out a protocol and process for deciding if field research is essential during the Covid 19 pandemic. Please see the site linked above.

Circumpolar Students Data Sharing and Needs form

Circumpolar Students Data Sharing and Needs form

The University of Alberta North and the Circumpolar Students' Association are developing a data-sharing initiative to connect researchers and graduate students with the goal to minimize the impact of fieldwork disruption.
Please fill out this form to help us get started! We want to hear from graduate students about which type of data are essential for filling gaps in the 2020 field season.
The information provided on this form will be used as a basis for the data-sharing initiative but does not guarantee the use or availability of scientific data.

Long-Term Research - Data for graduate students

Long-Term Research - Data for graduate students

Contact form for scientists who maintain long-term research projects. Given many graduate students must forego data collection this year due to COVID-19, do you have data that could help a graduate student not currently associated with your project finish up their thesis?

The purpose of this form is for connecting individuals with individuals for prospecting only, and does not in any way constitute a contract or promise regarding scientific data use or availability.

This form has been put together by members of the Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution's Section for Long-Term Research. For more information about the LTR-CSEE you can follow us on Twitter @LTR_CSEE or check out our website

It was our intention to host a workshop at CSEE 2020 to begin to build a network for LTR in Canada. With that workshop cancelled, we hope that we can offer support and connect researchers during this pandemic in another way.

This form is being maintained by:
Andrea E. Wishart (PhD student, University of Saskatchewan)

Resources for Participatory & Collaborative Research

Resources for Participatory and Collaborative Research

Scope: This document provides a (non-exhaustive) list of resources for early-career researchers in the natural, social and health sciences who are interested in collaborative research in Northern Canada.

Originally compiled by the authors of this article: MacMillan, G.A., Falardeau, M., Girard, C., Dufour-Beauséjour, S., Lacombe-Bergeron, J., Menzies, A.K. and Henri, D.A., 2019. Highlighting the potential of peer-led workshops in training early-career researchers for conducting research with Indigenous communities. FACETS, 4(1), pp.275-292.

Crowd-sourced document: If you would like to add resources to this list or make edits, please insert a comment (with your name and contact info, if you want). We will compile any pertinent changes. Please contact and for any comments.

Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic

Doing Field Work in a Pandemic

Isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 means that social researchers who have for doing fieldwork in a pandemic - specifically, ideas for avoiding in-person interactions by using mediated forms that will achieve similar ends.  

Social research has been conducted online for many years, of course. There are many examples of using online survey tools or doing content analyses or ethnographies using existing online interactions as research materials. Interviews have been conducted by phone or Skype for a long time. This document was initially directed at ways for how to turn fieldwork that was initially planned as using face-to-face methods into a more ‘hands-off’ mode. However, people have added useful material about ‘born digital’ research (content already generated  on the internet by online interactions), which provides an alternative source of social research materials if researchers decide to go down that path. 

This document is now closed. If you’d like to make a copy, go to the File menu and click-on “Make a copy’.

Suggested citation:

Lupton, D. (editor) (2020) Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (crowd-sourced document). Available at:


NB: Deborah also curates a community Facebook page ‘Innovative Social Research Methods’ which may be of interest for those wanting to think about new and creative ways of doing social research: Innovative Social Research Methods Public Group


If you are interested in focusing on COVID-related topics (and let’s face it, we are all researching in a COVID-world now), see Deborah’s post on an initial research agenda for social research: Social Research for a COVID and Post-COVID World: An Initial Agenda.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

ArcticNet Covid 19 updates and regional links

ArcticNet Covid 19 Updates and links for regional areas

In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ArcticNet continues to work for and support its researchers, stakeholders, and end-users. We will update this page regularly with information for our researchers and HQP, communities and partners. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about COVID-19 and its impacts on your work. 

Aurora College

Aurora Research Insitute Covid 19 updates

Our main goal at this time is to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the Aurora College/Aurora Research Institute community and to reduce the risk to communities across the Northwest Territories.

The Western Arctic (WARC), North Slave (NSRC) and South Slave (SSRC) Research Centres are currently closed.  All of the WARC research support and logistical services for outside researchers are suspended at this time. For information about the impacts on Aurora Research Institute and Aurora College operations, please see the Aurora College website linked here.

For information on the COVID-19 response plan from the Research Ethics Committee click here.

See website for more information

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