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Our team

At the Social Research Centre (SRC), we are committed to helping train the next generation of social science researchers. Our student workers receive practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of applied social science research, including study and questionnaire design, data collection, analysis and presentation.

The SRC relies heavily on our staff and as such we feel it is important to highlight each of them. If you would like to learn more about our team, please scroll through the tabs below.

Brendan Nolan, Projects Assistant and Web Manager

Brendan Nolan - Student Volunteer


Brendan Nolan is an undergraduate student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communication and Digital Media Studies. He is interested in Canadian federal politics and how these policies affect citizens on a macro level. Research with the SRC will help him develop his understanding of how politics affects people on the local level. He is also interested in dealing with municipal politics as well as the development and sustainability of Durham Region. In assisting with regional research, his goal is to help better the community, while developing his own skills along the way.

Zarah Javaid, External Partnerships Assistant

A picture of Zarah Javaid


Zarah Javaid is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology and Justice and minoring in Communication and Digital Media Studies. She joined the SRC team in the spring of 2018 as a volunteer to gain new skills in research and create connections among the community of Durham Region. Zarah now works as our External Partnerships Assistant. Her research interests include examining the relationship of poverty and homelessness. She is interested in developing her professional skills to help pursue graduate school and potentially a career working in the realm of community development.

Domenic Johnson Mele, Research Assistant

Domenic Johnson Mele


Domenic Johnson-Mele is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology and Justice, and minoring in Political Science. He is interested in the way laws and local policies are created; he may pursue a career in law enforcement. His interest in the SRC came from the opportunity to learn about how statistics are read and how proper research methods are carried out on a professional level, all of which will help during his academic career and beyond. Outside of the university, Domenic is a competitive martial artist and theatre performer, enjoying the creativity and expression coming from these activities.

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