Full & Associate Members

Full Members 

Photo Members Department University Population Dynamics-related Research Interests
Sarah Brauner-Otto

Sarah Brauner-Otto


Sociology McGill University
  • Demography
  • Family sociology
  • Fertility
  • Macro-micro linkages
  • Environmental sociology

Simona Bignami

Simona Bignami Démographie Université de Montréal
  • Demographic indicators of population health
  • Demography in developing countries
  • Family dynamics
  • Social and economic determinants of health
Shelley Clark Shelley Clark Sociology McGill University
  • Family dynamics
  • Social and health research related to single motherhood and adolescent girls
  • Transitions to adulthood
  • Sexual health
Sophia Chae Sophia Chae Demography Université de Montréal
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Migration
  • Health and Well-being
  • Social demography
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Quantitative methods
Alexis Dennis Alexis Dennis Sociology McGill University
  • Population Health
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Race and Racism
  • Life Course
Professor Frank Elgar Frank Elgar Institute for Health and Social Policy and Psychiatry McGill University
  • Behavioural and economic determinants of health
  • Social inequality in child health
Franque Grimard McGill University Economics Franque Grimard Economics McGill University
  • Economic development (labor markets, integration of women in labor force, credit markets and bank failures, trade and growth, tax reform)
  • Health economics
  • Environment economics.
Professor Sam Harper Sam Harper Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Population health and its social distribution
  • Evidence construction
  • Measuring health inequalities
  • Global health
  • Demography
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Causal inference
  • Ethical issues in public health
Professor Jay Kaufman Jay Kaufman Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Social epidemiology
  • Analytic methodology
  • Causal inference
  • Health outcomes including perinatal outcomes and cardiovascular, psychiatric and infectious diseases
Fabian Lange Fabian Lange Economics McGill University
  • Population economics (e.g. schooling and fertility)
  • Health economics (determinants of the socio-economic gradient in health e.g. education, cognitive ability)
  • Labour economics (e.g. earnings inequalities, stigma due to unemployment)
Sonia Laszlo Sonia Laszlo Economics McGill University
  • Rural development
  • Access to markets
  • Relationships between income, health and education in economic development
  • Study of economic decision-making using experimental and behavioural methods
Provost Anthony Masi Anthony Masi

Industrial Relations and Organizational Behaviour, Desautels School of Management

McGill University
  • Sociology of the labour force
  • Industrial policy
  • Relationship between institutions and economic development in Italy
  • Population studies
Professor Ari Nandi Arijit Nandi Institute for Health and Social Policy McGill University
  • Effects of social policies on health and health inequalities in a global context
  • Social and economic determinants of population health
  • Causal methods
Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée Amélie Quesnel-Vallée SociologyEpidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Public policy effects on social inequalities in health
  • Social determinants of health and mental health
  • Health services research
  • Population health
  • Social demography (fertility)
Professor Eran Shor Eran Shor Sociology McGill University
  • Social determinants of health
  • Stress, health and mortality
  • Immigration and health
  • Meta-analysis and meta-regression methods
Professor Michael Smith Michael Smith Sociology McGill University
  • Labour market research
  • Demographic differences in labour market outcomes
  • Sources of labour market disadvantage
  • Characteristics of so-called 'NEETs' - persons not in employment, education or training
Thomas Soehl Thomas Soehl Sociology McGill University
  • International migration
  • Inter-generational processes in migrant families
  • Political attachments of immigrants
  • Cross-border connections
  • Second-generation immigrants
  • Comparative race and ethnicity
Erin Strumpf Erin Strumpf EconomicsEpidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Health economics
  • Policy impacts on health outcomes and inequalities
  • Impacts of preventive and primary care practice
  • Impact evaluation of population health interventions


Associate Members

pHOTO Members Department University Population Dynamics-related Research Interests
Vissého Adjiwanou Département de sociologie UQAM
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social demography
  • Family dynamics
  • Statistical models
  • Immigrant populations
  • Public health
  • Computational social sciences

Professor Francesco Amodio Centre on Pouplation Dynamics McGill University Department of Economics

Francesco Amodio


McGill University
  • Labour economics
  • Development and political economy
  • Electoral outcomes and labor market outcomes
  • Workforce management and firm performance in developing countries

Professor Christopher Barrington-Leigh Centre on Population Dynamics McGill University

Chris Barrington-Leigh

Institute for Health and Social PolicySchool of Environment

McGill University
  • Economic well-being of populations
  • Social and economic determinants of well-being
  • Education and labour market entry
Professeur Jill Baumgartner Jill Baumgartner Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and Institute for Health and Social Policy McGill University
  • Population health
  • Global environmental health
Mabel Carabali Mabel Carabali Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology
Matthieu Chemin Matthieu Chemin Economics McGill University
  • Economic growth and development (institutions, infrastructure, markets)
  • Microeconometrics
  • Population health
  • Randomized interventions
Diana Daklallah Desautels School of Management McGill University
  • Behavioural Science
  • Development
  • Economic Sociology
  • Global Health
  • Health Care
  • Malfeasance
  • Organizational Theory
  • Political Economy
Aaron Erlich Aaron Erlich Political Science McGill University
  • Political economy of development
  • Public opinion and voting behaviour
  • Political participation in new democracies
  • Election fraud and political corruption
  • Democratization
  • Formert Soviet Union
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor Rebecca Fuhrer Centre on Population Dynamics McGill University and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health

Rebecca Fuhrer Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Social epidemiology
  • Aging
  • Impacts of social relations on health, disease and mortality
  • Mental health
  • Health services research
  • Population health
  • Women's health
Roman V. Galperin Roman V. Galperin Desautels School of Management McGill University
  • Experts
  • Professions and Occupations
  • Signaling and Perceptions of Expertise
  • Careers of Knowledge Workers
  • New Forms of Work and Employment

Nicolas Gendron-Carrier

Economics McGill University
  • Labour Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Productivity
  • Entrepreneurship
Professor Michael Haan Michael Haan Sociology University of New Brunswick
  • Population and social policy
  • Location choice, life course and well-being
  • Demography and labour market development
  • Immigration and housing
  • Inequality and stratification
Professor Dana Hamplova Dana Hamplová Sociology Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Life-course research with special emphasis on the intersection between marital and fertility behavior and labor market institutions
  • Changing family values and dynamics
  • Partnership formation and dissolution
  • Social policy

Professor Matissa Hollister Centre on Population Dynamics McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management

Matissa Hollister

Desautels School of Management

McGill University
  • Sociology of the labor market
  • Poverty and social class
  • Economic sociology
  • Patterns of employment and inequality  

Alissa Koski

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health

McGill University


  • Social determinants of women’s health and well being in low-income countries
  • Child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States
  • Impact of social policies using quasi-experimental methods  
Professor Solène Lardoux Solène Lardoux Démographie Université de Montréal
  • Family dynamics
  • Fertility, youth and gender
  •  Québec and Canada
  • Immigrant populations
  • Contraception, Sub-Saharan Africa
Céline Le Bourdais Céline Le Bourdais Emeritus, Sociology McGill University
  • Family dynamics in Québec and Canada
  • Differences and similarities that exist between marriage and cohabiting unions
  • Impact of conjugal instability on family network and support at old age
  • Role of growing cultural diversity in modifying family patterns

Professeur Titulaire Thomas LeGrand

Thomas LeGrand


Université de Montréal

  • Population issues in developing countries including:
    • Fertility
    • Transitions to adulthood
    • Support for the elderly
    • Determinants of health for children
Mathieu Maheu-Giroux Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Measurements
  • Population Health and Global Health

Assistant Professor Rachel Margolis

Rachel Margolis Sociology Western University
  • Family and fertility
  • Kinship networks
  • Social and economic determinants of well-being
Peter McMahan Sociology McGill University
  • Communication in social settings and academic contexts
  • Statistical modeling 
  • Computational methodologies
  • Network Analysis
Xiangfei Meng Xiangfei Meng Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health & Pshychiatry McGill University
  • Bio-psycho-social attributes
  • Mental health
  • Medical genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Population cohorts
Dimitra Panagiotoglou Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University
  • Public health
  • Policy implementation
  • Program evaluation
  • Burden of illness
  • Health services use
Maude Pugliese Maude Pugliese Centre Urbanisation Culture Société INRS 
  • Families
  • Wealth inequality
  • Household debt and finances
  • Gender
Mylene Riva Geography McGill University
  • Population health
  • Social and environmental determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ health and well-being
Brian Robinson Brian Robinson Geography McGill University
  • Environmental determinants of well-being
  • Ecosystem and resource use
  • Interactions between livelihoods, the natural environment and governance institutions
David Rothwell

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Oregon State University
  • Poverty across time and life course
  • Families
  • Social policy.
Professor Derek Ruths Derek Ruths Computer Science McGill University
  • Social informatics (how to measure and model large-scale human behavior from online information)
  • Demographic inference (using online data to understand online populations)
Brian Rubineau Organizational Behaviour McGill University
  • Computational & Mathematical Modeling of Social Systems
  • Mechanisms of Inequality in Markets
  • Occupations & Organizations
  • Professional Socialization
  • Social Network Analysis
Fernando Saltiel Fernando Saltiel Economics McGill University
  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Economics of Education
Xavier St-Denis Xavier St-Denis Centre Urbanisation Culture Société INRS
  • Labour markets, careers and organizations
  • Social stratification and mobility
  • Education and skills
  • Population studies and social statistics
  • Poverty and social policies
Professor Axel van den Berg Axel van den Berg Sociology McGill University
  • Labour markets and labour market policy
  • Sociological theory
  • Relation between economics and sociology
  • Cross-national comparative research on the welfare state
  • Evolution of labour market and social policies and outcomes in Canada

Professor Morton Weinfeld

Morton Weinfeld Sociology McGill University
  • Ethnic and race relations
  • Immigration
  • Public policy analysis
  • Survey research and data analysis
  • Sociology of Jews
  • Canadian Jewish studies
  • Sociology of education

Assistant Professor Seungmi Yang

Seungmi Yang

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health 

McGill University
  • Prenatal and early life exposures
  • Child growth and development
  • Social disparities in pregnancy outcomes
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Social determinants of health
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