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Céline Le Bourdais

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Professor

(Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change) and Department Chair

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6840
Fax: 514-398-1722
E-Mail: celine [dot] lebourdais [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Céline Le Bourdais)
Office: Peterson Hall, Room 314



Research Areas

Family change; conjugal histories; fatherhood; fertility; work and family balance; longitudinal analysis; family policy

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Biography

(Ph.D. in Sociology, Brown University, 1984; M.Sc. in demography, Université de Montréal, 1979), Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change, at McGill University since 2004; Invited Professor at the Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal; Adjunct Professor, Département de démographie, Université de Montréal.

Before joining McGill University, Céline Le Bourdais was a professor at INRS, from 1982 to 2004. She has served as the director of INRS – Urbanisation (Université du Québec) from 1989-1993. From 1997 to 2002, she was the founding director of the Centre interuniversitaire d'études démographiques (CIED) established by the Université de Montréal and INRS, and, from 2000 to 2010, the founding academic director of the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS), comprised of seven Quebec universities, including McGill, which provides researchers access to Statistics Canada longitudinal survey data and training in advanced statistical methods. A specialist in quantitative longitudinal analysis applied to the study of family, she has taught several years, since 1999, in the QICSS Summer School that she has developed with colleagues from INRS and Université de Montréal.

Her research focuses on the effect of recent socio-demographic changes - in marriage, fertility and the labour market - on family dynamics and the family life course of women, men and children and their implications for family policy. Her publications cover a wide range of related issues: the relationship between the type of conjugal union and its stability; parental time and the sharing of household tasks; the rise in the number of lone-parent and step-families as a result of union instability; the impact of parents’ conjugal behaviour on the life histories of their children, and on the relationship fathers maintain with their children after separation.

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Publications

Books

Piché, V. and C. Le Bourdais (eds.), 2003. La démographie québécoise : Enjeux du XXIe siècle, Montréal, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, Paramètres series.

Péron, Y., H. Desrosiers, H. Juby, É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, C. Le Bourdais, N. Marcil-Gratton and J. Mongeau, 1999. Les familles canadiennes à l'approche de l'an 2000, Ottawa, Statistique Canada, “Monographies du recensement” (cat. 96-321-MPF), also available in English, under Canadian Families at the Approach of the Year 2000.

Dandurand, R. B., R. Hurtubise and C. Le Bourdais (eds.), 1996. Enfances. Perspectives pluriculturelles, Québec, Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture.

Cordell, D.D., D. Gauvreau, R.R. Gervais and C. Le Bourdais (eds.), 1993. Population, reproduction, sociétés. Perspectives et enjeux de démographie sociale, Montréal, Presses de l'Université de Montréal.

Articles and Chapters

Chan, C., D. Hamplova and C. Le Bourdais, forthcoming. “Are Parental Leaves Considered as Work Interruptions by Survey Respondents? A Methodological Note”, Canadian Studies in Population.

Le Bourdais, C., M. Girard, L. Swiss and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, forthcoming. “Entre famille et vieillissement : Impact des transformations familiales aux âges avancés”, in C.H.W. Remie et G. Goldmann (eds.), Ageing Societies – The Dynamics of Demographic Change in Canada / Le vieillissement des sociétés. La dynamique de l’évolution démographique au Canada, Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang.

Pacaut, P., C. Le Bourdais and B. Laplante, forthcoming. “The Changing Impact of Conjugal Status and Motherhood on Employment across Generations of Canadian Women”, Canadian Studies in Population.

Billette, J.M., C. Le Bourdais and B. Laplante, 2011. “An Assessment of Heterogeneity in First Home-Returning Trends of Young Canadians”, Canadian Studies in Population, 38 (1-2): 19-41.

Martin, V., C. Le Bourdais and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, 2011. “Stepfamily Instability in Canada – The Impact of Family Composition and Union Type”, Zeitschrift für Familienforschung (Journal of Family Research), 23 (2): 196-218.

Ménard, F.P., C. Le Bourdais and D. Hamplová, 2011. “Les parcours familiaux des Canadiens âgés d’aujourd’hui et de demain : Aperçu des changements démographiques des 40 dernières années”, in Relations intergénérationnelles. Enjeux démographiques, Actes du Colloque international de Genève de l'Association internationale des démographes de langue française (AIDELF),  p.141-156. (http://www.aidelf.org/geneve-2010/actesgeneve2010.html; avril 2011)

Hamplová, D. and C. Le Bourdais, 2010. “Visible Minorities and ‘White’–‘non-White’ Conjugal Unions in Canadian Large Cities”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (9): 1537-1560.

Lapierre-Adamcyk, É., C. Le Bourdais and V. Martin, 2009. “Familles et réseau familial extra-résidentiel : une réflexion sur les limites de la définition statistique de la famille”, Cahiers québécois de démographie, 38 (1): 5-39.

Hamplová, D. and C. Le Bourdais, 2009. “One Pot or Two Pot Strategies? Income Pooling in Married and Unmarried Households in Comparative Perspective”, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 40 (3): 355-385.

Hango, D. and C. Le Bourdais, 2009. “The Effect of Education on Early Parenthood among Young Canadian Adults”, Canadian Studies in Population, 36 (3-4):237-265.

Swiss, L. and C. Le Bourdais, 2009. “Father-Child Contact after Separation: The Influence of Living Arrangements”, Journal of Family Issues, 30 (5): 623-652.

Hamplová, D. and C. Le Bourdais, 2008. "Educational Homogamy of Married and Unmarried Couples in English and French Canada", Canadian Journal of Sociology, 33 (4): 845-872.

Le Bourdais, C. and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, 2008. “Portrait des familles québécoises à l’horizon 2020. Esquisse des grandes tendances démographiques”, in G. Pronovost, C. Dumont and Isabelle Bitaudeau (eds.), La famille à l’horizon de 2020, Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, p. 71-99.

Martin, V. and C. Le Bourdais, 2008. “Stepfamilies in Canada and Germany, a Comparison”, in W. Bien and J.H. Marbach (eds.), Familiale Beziehungen, Familienalltag und soziale Netzwerke (Family relations, everyday life within families, and social networks), Frankfurt (Germany), VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, p. 241-278.

Rapoport, B. and C. Le Bourdais, 2008. “Parental Time and Working Schedules”, Journal of Population Economics, 21 (4): 903-932.

Hango, D. and C. Le Bourdais, 2007. “Early Union Formation in Canada: Links with Education”, European Journal of Population, Special issue on “Becoming a Young Adult: An International Perspective on Transition to Adulthood”, 23 (3-4): 339-368.

Juby, H., J.M. Billette, B. Laplante and C. Le Bourdais, 2007. “Nonresident Fathers and Children: Timing of Parents’ New Union and Frequency of Contact”, Journal of Family Issues, 28 (9): 1220-1245.

Lapierre-Adamcyk, É., N. Marcil-Gratton and C. Le Bourdais, 2007. “Working Schedules: In Search of a Balance between Family Time and Economic Wellbeing”, in J. Véron, S. Pennec and J. Légaré (eds.), Ages, Generations and the Social Contract. The Demographic Challenges facing the Welfare State, Dordrecht (Netherlands), Springer, p. 343-356.

Pacaut, P., C. Le Bourdais and B. Laplante, 2007. “La participation à l’emploi des femmes après la naissance d’un enfant”, Cahiers québécois de démographie, special issue on “Démographie et politiques publiques”, 36 (2) : 249-280.

Billette, J.M., C. Le Bourdais and B. Laplante, 2006. “Le contexte de l’indépendance résidentielle au Canada”, Cahiers québécois de démographie, 35 (1): 83-121.

Pacaut, P. and C. Le Bourdais (coll. P.M. Huot), 2006. “Changements dans la dynamique de la participation des hommes et des femmes au marché du travail au Canada”, Cahiers québécois de démographie, 35 (1): 51-82.

Provencher, C., C. Le Bourdais and N. Marcil-Gratton, 2006. “Intergenerational Transfer: The Impact of Parental Separation on Young Adults’ Conjugal Behaviour”, in K. McQuillan and Z.R. Ravanera (eds.), Canada’s Changing Families: Implications for Individuals and Society, Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 76-104.

Rapoport, B. and C. Le Bourdais. 2006. “Parental Time, Work Schedules and Changing Gender Roles”, in K. McQuillan and Z.R. Ravanera (eds.), Canada’s Changing Families: Implications for Individuals and Society, Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 179-209.

Juby, H., C. Le Bourdais and N. Marcil-Gratton. 2005. “Sharing Roles – Sharing Custody? Couples’ Characteristics and Children’s Living Arrangements at Separation”, Journal of Marriage and Family, 67 (1): 157-172.

Juby, H., C. Le Bourdais, N. Marcil-Gratton and L.-P. Rivest. 2005. “Pauvreté des familles monoparentales et parcours professionnel des mères après la rupture”, Recherches sociographiques, 46 (2): 217-243.

Martin, V., M. Mills and C. Le Bourdais. 2005. “The Consequences of Parental Divorce on the Life Course Outcomes of Canadian Children”, Canadian Studies in Population, 32 (1): 29-51.

Le Bourdais, C. and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk (coll. P. Pacaut), 2004. “Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada – Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?” Journal of Marriage and Family, 66 (4): 929-942.

Marcil-Gratton, N., H. Juby and C. Le Bourdais (coll. P.M. Huot). 2003. “Du passé conjugal des parents au devenir familial des enfants: un exemple de la nécessité d'une approche longitudinale”, Sociologie et Sociétés, 35 (1): 143-164.

Le Bourdais, C., H. Juby and N. Marcil-Gratton. 2002. “Keeping in Touch with Children after Separation: The Point of View of Fathers”, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Special issue on “Family Transitions Related to Parental Separation”, 21 (4): 109-130.

Marcil-Gratton, N., C. Le Bourdais and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk (coll. P.M. Huot), 2002. “Le couple, section II – Les ruptures parentales dans la vie des tout-petits: un premier regard”, in Étude longitudinale du développement des enfants du Québec (ÉLDEQ 1998-2002) – De la naissance à 29 mois, Québec: Institut de la statistique du Québec, vol. 2, no 11, p. 33-65. (Available in English, site http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca).

Beaupré, P. and C. Le Bourdais. 2001. “Le départ des enfants du foyer parental au Canada”, Cahiers québécois de démographie, 30 (1): 29-62.

Juby, H., N. Marcil-Gratton and C. Le Bourdais, 2001. “A Step Further in Family Life: The Emergence of the Blended Family”, in A. Bélanger, Y. Carrière and S. Gilbert (dir), Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada 2000, Ottawa: Statistics Canada (cat. 91-209): 169-203.

Le Bourdais, C. and H. Juby. 2001. “The Impact of Cohabitation on the Family Life Course in Contemporary North America: Insights from Across the Border”, in A. Booth and A.C. Crouter (eds), Just Living Together: Implications of Cohabitation for Children, Families, and Social Policy, Mahwah (N.J.): Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 107-118.

Le Bourdais, C. and J. Renaud. 2001. “Using Event-History Analysis: Lessons from Fifteen Years of Practice”, Canadian Studies in Population, 28 (2): 249-261.

Le Bourdais, C., G. Neill and N. Vachon, 2000. “Family Disruption in Canada: Impact of the Changing Patterns of Family Formation and of Female Employment”, Canadian Studies in Population, 27 (1): 85-105.

Le Bourdais, C., G. Neill and N. Marcil-Gratton, 2000. “L’effet du type d’union sur la stabilité des familles dites ‘intactes’ ”, Recherches sociographiques, XLI (1): 53-74.

Marcil-Gratton, N., C. Le Bourdais and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, 2000. “The Implications of Parents’ Conjugal Histories for Children”, ISUMA: Canadian Journal of Policy Research, 1 (2): 32-40.

Lapierre-Adamcyk, É., C. Le Bourdais and N. Marcil-Gratton, 1999. “Vivre en couple pour la première fois. La signification du choix de l’union libre au Québec et en Ontario”, Cahiers québécois de démographie, 28 (1-2): 199-227.

Juby, H. and C. Le Bourdais, 1998. “The Changing Context of Fatherhood in Canada. A Life Course Analysis”, Population Studies, 52 (2): 163-175.

Le Bourdais, C., H. Juby and H. Desrosiers, 1998. “La politique familiale à l’épreuve de la diversification des trajectoires parentales des hommes”, in R.B. Dandurand, P. Lefebvre and J.P. Lamoureux (dir.), Quelle politique familiale à l’aube de l’an 2000?, Montréal/Paris, L’Harmattan: 141-162.

Desrosiers, H., C. Le Bourdais and B. Laplante, 1995. “Les dissolutions d'union dans les familles recomposées: l'expérience des femmes canadiennes”, Recherches sociographiques, XXXVI (1): 47-64.

Juby, H. and C. Le Bourdais, 1995. “Les parcours familiaux des Canadiennes”, Sociologie et sociétés, XXVII (2): 143-161.

Lapierre-Adamcyk, É., C. Le Bourdais and K. Lehrhaupt, 1995. “Le départ du foyer parental des jeunes Canadiens nés entre 1921 et 1960”, Population, 50 (4-5): 1111-1136.

Le Bourdais, C., H. Desrosiers and B. Laplante, 1995. “Factors Related to Union Formation Among Single Mothers in Canada”, Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57 (2): 410-420.

Desrosiers, H., C. Le Bourdais and Y. Péron, 1993. “La dynamique de la monoparentalité féminine au Canada”, Revue européenne de démographie, 19 (2): 197-224.

Reports

Roy, A., J. Jarry, É. Lapierre-Adamcyk and C. Le Bourdais, 2011. Regards empiriques sur les pensions alimentaires entre ex-époux : Analyse statistique exploratoire et application simulée des Lignes directrices facultatives en matière de pensions alimentaires pour époux, Report submitted to the Quebec Justice Department, june, 150 p. (+ appendices).

Chan, C., D. Hamplová and C. Le Bourdais, 2010. Evaluating the Information Collected in the Employment Histories and Comparing Work Interruption and Parental Leave Data in the Pilot Living in Canada Survey (LCS), Report submitted to Statistics Canada, April, 17 p.

Ménard, F.P., D. Hamplová and C. Le Bourdais, 2010. Evaluation of the Measures of Parental Leave in the Living in Canada Survey (LCS) Pilot Data, Report submitted to Statistics Canada, March, 25 p.

Lemonde, M., S. Lardoux and C. Le Bourdais, 2010. Determinants of Fertility Intentions in the Canadian Household Panel Survey, Report submitted to Statistics Canada, February, 18 p.

Hamplová, D., C. Le Bourdais and S. Lardoux, 2010. Evaluation of the Conjugal and Parental Histories in the Living in Canada Survey (LCS) Pilot Data, Report submitted to Statistics Canada, January, 25 p.

Le Bourdais, C. and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, 2008. L’union libre au Canada et au Québec – Point de vue démographique, Report submitted to the Litigation Division – Montréal, Quebec Justice Department.

Lapierre-Adamcyk, É. and C. Le Bourdais, (coll. V. Martin and P.M. Huot), 2008. La diversification de la structure et de la composition des familles au Canada, Final report submitted to the Strategic Policy Research Directorate of Human Resources and Social Development Canada through the “Cluster on Population Change and Public Policy”.

Juby, H., C. Le Bourdais and N. Marcil-Gratton, 2003/2005. Three-part project on “The Impact of Parents’ Family Transitions on Children’s Family Environment and Economic Well-Being: A Longitudinal Assessment”, Ottawa: Department of Justice Canada, Family, Children and Youth Section:

  • 2005, Phase 3: Moving On: The Expansion of the Family Network after Parents Separate.
  • 2005, Phase 2: When Parents Separate: Further Findings From the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth.
  • 2003, Phase 1: Linking Family Change, Parents’ Employment and Income, and Children’s Economic Well-Being: A Longitudinal Perspective.

Marcil-Gratton, N. and C. Le Bourdais. 1999. Custody, Access and Child Support. Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, Ottawa: Department of Justice Canada, Child Support Team. (site http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fcy-fea/lib-bib/rep-rap/1999/anlsc-elnej/pdf/anlsc-elnej.pdf).

 

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Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

  • SOCI 247: Family and Modern Society

Graduate Seminars:

  • SOCI 506: Quantitative Methods 3 - Special Topics: Event History Analysis (with J.F. Sandberg)
  • SOCI 535: Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI 631: Informing Social Policy with Canadian Data (with J. Sandberg)

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Recent Research Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC – Community University Research Alliances). “Séparation parentale, recomposition familiale : parents et enfants à soutenir” (M.-C. St-Jacques (P.I.), M.-F. Bureau, S. Cadolle, F. Cyr, S. Drapeau, M.-H. Gagné, J. Gosselin, D. Goubeau, C. Le Bourdais, F.-R. Ouellette, C. Parent, M. Pratte, A. Roy, A. St-Armand, D. Turcotte, M. Vatz-Laroussi, & Community and government partners), 2011-2016.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC – Standard Research Grant). “Mariage et procréation au Canada : les fondements de la famille à la croisée des chemins” (C. Le Bourdais (P.I.); É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, Université de Montréal), 2010-2013.

Justice Department (Québec). “Regards empiriques sur les pensions alimentaires entre ex-époux: État de situation et application simulée d’un modèle alternatif” (A. Roy (P.I.), J. Jarry, É. Lapierre-Adamyck, Université de Montréal; C. Le Bourdais), 2010-2011.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC – Standard Research Grant). “Familles en transformation : Multiplicité des formes familiales et des rôles parentaux” (C. Le Bourdais (P.I.); É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, Université de Montréal), 2007-2010.

Statistics Canada. “Canadian Household Panel Survey – Evaluating the Retrospective Information on Family Collected in the Pilot Survey”, 2009-2010.

Justice Department (Quebec), Litigation Division. “Expertise en matière d’union de fait” (É. Lapierre-Adamcyk (P.I.), Université de Montréal; C. Le Bourdais). 2008-2009.

Statistics Canada. “Canadian Household Panel Survey – Developing the Family and Social Capital Content” (C. Le Bourdais (resp.); B. Laplante, INRS; S. Lardoux, Université de Montréal), 2007-2008.

Human Resources and Social Development Canada. “La diversification de la structure et de la composition des familles au Canada” (É. Lapierre-Adamcyk (resp.), Université de Montréal; C. Le Bourdais). 2006-2008.

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Infrastructure Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (SSHRC / CIHR Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics (CISS) – Research Data Centres). Operating grant for the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (B.G. Spencer (P.I.), McMaster University, C. Le Bourdais, in collaboration with Canada university researchers), 2010-2015.

Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC – Strategic Clusters Program). Operating grant for the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS). (D. Gauvreau and C. Le Bourdais (P.I.), in collaboration with Quebec university researchers), 2008-2014.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC – Strategic Knowledge Clusters). Population Change and Lifecourse Cluster (R. Beaujot (P.I.), P. Bernard, C. Le Bourdais, S. McDaniel, K. McQuillan, A. Quesnel-Vallée, B. Spencer, Z. Whu, in association with Canadian university researchers), 2007-2014.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC – Data Training School). Operating grant for the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics’ Summer School. (C. Le Bourdais (P.I.); Jean Poirier and D. Forest, Université de Montréal, in association with Quebec university researchers), 2008-2011.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (SSHRC / CIHR – Research Data Centre). Operating grant for the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. (R. Currie (P.I.), University of Manitoba, in association with Canadian university researchers), 2005-2010.