REPORT
11 Aug 2020
How lockdown sparked a shift in minimalist values

Being stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to reevaluate their lives, leading some to embrace a simpler way of living by starting a vegetable garden or figuring out an effective work-life balance. Will this change in habits spark a minimalist resurgence in the long term?

Dr. Myriam Mongrain is a psychologist and professor at York University who specializes in resilience, depression, and positive psychology. Her research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak is a historian and professor at Brock University who specializes in 20th-century European history, historical gardening, and the cultural history of war. She received her PhD from Cambridge University and is the author of Marianne or Germania? Nationalizing Women in Alsace 1870-1946.

Genelle Levy is a writer and journalist who covers art, culture, and social issues. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Global News, and The Canadian Media Guild.