Faculty research & innovation

SFU faculty members are engaging and innovating to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Choose from the selection of stories below and see the impact of our research community.

  • April 09, 2021

    April 09, 2021

    SFU mathematics professor Caroline Colijn will lead a new, national infectious disease modeling network that will inform decisions related to public health threats and better prepare Canada for future pandemics.

  • March 29, 2021

    March 29, 2021

    The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic introduced the idea of bubbles to our social lives. British Columbia restricted socializing to core bubbles: immediate household members or, for those living alone, a maximum of two people who could be seen regularly. SFU researchers discuss health and social networks, social determinants of health, and how bursting social bubbles after the COVID-19 pandemic will make cities happier and healthier again.

  • March 19, 2021

    March 19, 2021

    Amid the impact of a global pandemic, the 2021 World Happiness Report has sought out how happiness has fared ranking Canada 15th in the world for happiness. SFU psychology associate professor Lara Aknin, who worked on this year’s report as an associate editor, says despite the challenges of 2020 there are some bright spots.

  • March 16, 2021

    March 16, 2021

    With the onset of the pandemic came a pressing need to bring health science information to the public, and fast. SFU researcher Alice Fleerackers joins Below the Radar to discuss the uptake of pre-print, or un-peer reviewed research by news media in the age of COVID-19. She speaks to host Melissa Roach about a recent study she has co-authored that analyzes how media communicate uncertainty in COVID-19 research.

  • March 16, 2021

    March 16, 2021

    Simon Fraser University public policy researcher Kora DeBeck has received federal funding to study the combined impact of the opioid overdose crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver youth who use drugs.

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