About Us


Promoting more vibrant, caring and sustainable communities through research, dialogue, analysis and reflection dedicated to the practice of holistic community development.

Goals and Objectives
  1. Build Northern Ontario’s capacity to conduct research
  2. Conduct research that contributes to social and economic justice for Northern Ontario communities
  3. Provide evidence for informed policy and decision-making
  4. Focus on Indigenous, rural and Northern communities

The NORDIK research institute has evolved from the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program and research, and earlier research conducted under the leadership of Dr. Jong You of Algoma University.

Incorporated in 2007, NORDIK Institute is a joint project of CESD and Algoma U, and has established strong links with other research institutes, universities, and colleges. NORDIK is committed to further developing its own research capacity by working closely with its community partners and providing mentoring to new researchers. To date, it has completed over fifty research projects at the local, regional, and national levels, and currently has many research projects underway.