News and Publications

Faculty members participate in numerous international conferences and symposia throughout the year, and actively engage media in addition to publishing on a wide range of topics. Use the tabs to the left to explore past publications, news, and community announcements. For upcoming events, click here. For more on our research, visit this page.

News and Publications from 2019


Montreal launch of the much awaited volume, High Time: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada, edited by Daniel Weinstock and Andrew Potter. Event is free of charge and open to the general public on April 11, 2019 at 17:00-18:30 at Librarie Paragraphe Bookstore. For more details please click here.


Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh's research on Understanding Human Well-Being was discussed in an article on McGill Newsroom - Media Relations Office on February 4, 2019. Visit the link below for more details.
Global well-being in coming decades hinges on non-material factors


Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh's research on Understanding Human Well-Being was discussed on February 4, 2019 on CBC Listen Radio Noon Montreal with Shawn Apel - Would you be happier living in the city or a small town?


Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "Feasible future global scenarios for human life evaluations'' (With Eric Galbraith), Nature Communications, Volume 10, Number: 161, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-08002-2, January 2019.
What does recent research into the human happiness tell us about life in the future? We use trends that account for differences in happiness across countries and over time to project what life could be like in 2050, in good and bad scenarios. Our findings highlight the critical role of non-material factors such as social supports, freedoms, and fairness in determining the future of human well-being.
Published PDF / 2-minute video introducing this work


Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "How Happy are Your Neighbours? Variation in Life Satisfaction among 1200 Canadian Neighbourhoods and Communities'' (with John F. Helliwell, Hugh Shiplett) PLoS ONE, 14(1): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210091, January 2019.
The first high-resolution map of life satisfaction across Canada
Interactive map


Sentenac, M., Lach, L. M., Gariepy, G., & Elgar, F. J. (2019). Education disparities in youth with neurodisabilities in Canada. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 61, 226-231.


News and Publications from 2018

Dr. Alissa Koski was interviewed in a recent article:
Child marriage in the USA: persistent but little understood
by Bryant Furlow
Published: November 02, 2018
The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health - Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2018, Pages 849-850.

The US Government advocates an end to child marriage, but in 48 of 50 states, legal exceptions to minimum marriage ages allow those younger than 18 years to be married. The District of Columbia and territories like Puerto Rico also allow child marriage.

The article refers to her research on child marriage in the following: Koski, Heymann J. Child Marriage in the United States: How Common Is the Practice, And Which Children Are at Greatest Risk? Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 Jun;50(2):59-65.


Global project to reduce health inequalities in cities around the world - McGill University News and Events, February 6, 2018


Beaudry, J.-S., The Vanishing Body of Disability Law: Power and the Making of the Impaired Subject, Canadian Journal of Family Law, (2018) vol. 31, p. 7-56
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3189419


Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "Informing policy priorities using inference from life satisfaction responses in a large community survey'' (with Jan Wollenberg), Applied Research in Quality of Life, doi:10.1007/s11482-018-9629-9, April 2018.
Analysis of life satisfaction data in Connecticut from Datahaven's survey.
PDF manuscript, with Supplemental Information


Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "Measuring progress and well-being: A comparative review of indicators'' (with Alice Escande), Social Indicators Research, doi:10.1007/s11205-016-1505-0, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 893–925, February 2018.
We provide a new database sampling well-being and progress indicators implemented since the 1970s at all geographic scales. We assess in particular the roles of subjective well-being and of sustainability metrics in the evolution of attempts to better measure progress and the broadest social outcomes.
Springer-Nature's free online version / PDF manuscript / Our full database of indicators is available under the Creative Commons license.


Chai Y, Nandi A, Heymann J. Does extending the duration of legislated paid maternity leave improve breastfeeding practices? Evidence from 38 low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Global Health 2018; 3:e001032.


Nandi A, Jahagirdar D, Dimitris MC, et al. The Impact of Parental and Medical Leave Policies on Socioeconomic and Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature. The Milbank Quarterly September 2018; doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12340.


Batomen Kuimi, BL, Oppong-Nkrumah, O, Kaufman, J et al. Child labour and health: a systematic review. International Journal of Public Health January 2018; doi:10.1007/s00038-018-1075-9.


Su, Q., Chen, Z., Li, R., Elgar, F. J., Liu, Z., & Lian, Q. (2018). Association between early menarche and school bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 213-218.


Elgar, F. J., Donnelly, P., Gariepy, G., Riehm, K., & Pickett, W. (2018). Bans against corporal punishment and physical fighting in adolescents in 88 countries and regions. BMJ Open, 8, e021616.


Gariépy, G., Sentenac, M. Jannsen, I., & Elgar, F. J. (2018). School start time and the healthy weight of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 69-73.


Elgar, F. J., Canale, N., Wohl, M., Lenzi, M., & Vieno, A. (2018). Relative deprivation and disordered gambling in youths. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 72, 589-594.


Vieno, A., Altoè, G., Kuntsche, E., & Elgar, F. J. (2018). Do public expenditures on health and families relate to alcohol abstaining in adolescents? Multilevel study of adolescents in 24 countries. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37, S120-S128.


Chzhen, Y., Bruckauf, Z., Toczydlowska, E., Elgar, F. J., Moreno-Maldonado, C., Stevens, G. W. J. M., Sigmundová, D., & Gariépy, G. (2018). Multidimensional deprivation among adolescents in 39 countries: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) 2013/14 study. Child Indicators Research, 11, 729-753.


Lian, Q., Su, Q., Li, R., Elgar, F. J., Liu, Z., & Zheng, D. (2018). The association between chronic bullying victimization with weight status and body self-image: a cross-national study in 39 countries. PeerJ, 6, e4330.