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 2017

Delaying school start times gives students better chance of success: study - The Globe and Mail, January 23, 2017

News and Publications from 2016

Canada well on its way to a renewable-energy future - The Globe and MailDecember 24, 2016

News and Publications from 2015

Géographie du bonheur - L'actualité, 31 juillet 2015

Le professeur de l'IPSS Christopher Barrington-Leigh est l'un des économistes cités par le magazine L'actualité pour leurs recherches sur le bonheur et ses causes.

How rule of law can prevent child marriage - The Globe and Mail, July 31st, 2015

MACHEquity PI and IHSP Faculty member Arijit Nandi, MACHEquity Project Manager Gonzalo Moreno and past MACHEquity Doctoral Fellow Belinda Maswikwa have contributed an Op-ed in the Globe and Mail discussing how stopping child marriage can empower women and improve their health and social well-being. 

OPINION: Des arguments fumeux - La Presse +, 22 juillet 2015

La Pr. Lara Khoury, membre associée de l'IPSS, examine les arguments soulevés par les fabricants de cigarettes condamnés à verser plus d'un milliard comme premier versement suite aux recours collectifs contre l'industrie du tabac.

'Not everyone can be a Gandhi’: South Asian-trained doctors immigrating to Canada, c. 1961–1971 - Ethnicity & Health, July 20, 2015

In their latest collaboration, IHSP Historian David Wright and Visiting Professor Sasha Mullally examine through directories and interviews the migration of South Asian-trained doctors who were first licensed in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia between 1961 and 1971.

Neighborhood socioeconomic conditions and depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, July 12, 2015

IHSP members Geneviève Gariepy, Nichole Austin and Arijit Nandi have contributed on this systematic review of articles linking socioeconomic conditions to depression in teens and adults.

Health justice after the social determinants of health revolution - Social Theory and Health, July 8th, 2015

IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock signs a article that examines the claim that the distribution of social goods such as income, housing and education, has as great or greater an impact on health outcome than does health care.

Antonia Maioni presents her work in Italy - July 2-4, 2015

Dr. Maioni presented two papers con the Canadian and US healtcare systems at the latest International Conference on Public Policy held in Milan, Italy, in early July 2015:

Economic downturns and suicide mortality in the USA, 1980–2010: observational study - International Journal of Epidemiology, June 16, 2015

Thomas Charters, and Arijit Nandi of the IHSP and associate member Erin C Strumpf have contributed to a novel way to study the possible influence of Economic activity and suicide rates in the United States.

A century of sprawl in the United States - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, June 15, 2015

IHSP Faculty member Christopher Barrington-Leigh used the degree of connections between streets as a measure of urban sprawl over time. With Adam Millard-Ball of UC Santa-Cruz, he discovered that the phenomenon has peaked in the 1990s and new developments have already turned the corner toward less sprawl.

Town hall meeting to tackle topic of meeting seniors' health-care needs - Montreal Gazette, June 9, 2015

In June, Dr. Maioni took part in an public information session on health-care access for senior citizens in the context of an aging population.

Sociology of Development Research Cluster Graduate Student Paper inaugural prize - Canadian Sociological Association, June 9, 2015

Congratulations to IHSP Doctoral Fellow Amm Quamruzzaman for winning 2015 best Graduate Student Paper for the article: “Economic Growth or Good Governance: What is More Important to Reduce Poverty and Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa?”

Paternalism and Equality (Book Chapter) - New Perspectives on Paternalism and Health Care, June 2015

IHSP Faculty Member Dr. Kristin Voigt discusses reasons paternalistic interventions may contribute to better equality in a context where many philosophers do not support such interventions.

Les médecins s'organiseront seuls pour désengorger le système de santé - Ici Radio-Canada Première, May 26, 2015

La Dre Antonia Maioni de l'IPSS a été invitée à commenter la récente entente entre le gouvernement du Québec et les médecins de famille à l'émission "C'est pas trop tôt".

Patterns of Socioeconomic Inequality in Adolescent Health Differ According to the Measure of Socioeconomic Position - Social Indicators Research, May 22, 2015

IHSP's Faculty member Frank Elgar and Postdoctoral Fellow Britt McKinnon have looked at health inequalities in teenagers of seven European countries to see if these inequalities were affected by perceived socioeconomic status.

The View From the Bottom: Relative Deprivation and Bullying Victimization in Canadian Adolescents - Journal of Interpersonal Violence, May 18, 2015

In this study, IHSP Graduate student Anthony Napoletano (supervisor: Frank Elgar) has looked at the possible links between disparity in affluence in teens and bullying risk.

Quebec reforms: necessary or overkill? - Canadian Medical Association Journal, May 11, 2015

IHSP Faculty member Dr. Antonia Maioni is one of the experts asked to comment on the impacts of Bills 10 and 20 on the work of Quebec physicians and access to healthcare in the province.

Money Is Driving a Wedge in Teen Health - Scientific American, April 14, 2015

Dr. Frank Elgar's study on on the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on adolescent health is featured in the latest issue of Scientific American.

Integrating Intermediate Goods to Theories of Distributive Justice: The Importance of Platforms - Res Publica, April 10, 2015

In his latest paper, IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock discusses what lessons should be drawn from the body of work done on the social determinants of health.

First phase of 'la révolution Barrette' takes effect - Montreal Gazette, April 7, 2015

Dr. Maioni is cited in this Gazette article detailing the impacts of Bill 10 on the Quebec Healthcare system.

Chris Barrigton-Leigh discusses the economics of Happiness - (Video in French) RDI Economie, April 2, 2015

Le Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh, de l'IPSS, est l'un des experts consultés sur les moyens de quantitifier le taux de bonheur d'un pays et sur la position du Québec selon ces critères. (Le reportage commence à 19:00)

IHSP Faculty member Chris Barrington-Leigh is one of the experts weighing in on how happiness in a nation can be measured and where the province of Quebec stands according to these criterias. (Segment begins at 19:00)

Healthcare Policy Reform in North America - The Palgrave International Handbook of Healthcare Policy and Governance, March 2015

Antonia Maioni is the co-author of a chapter that aims to compare and contrast the Canadian and U.S. Healthcare systems and how each country's political structure has influenced the evolution of both.

The Social Determinants of Health: Why Should We Care? - The American Journal of Bioethics, March 2015

Faculty member Kristin Voigt and past Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium fellow Adina Preda co-authored a paper looking at the assumptions influencing policy conclusions and calling for a better understanding of how social factors shape health outcomes.

Montreal Diary: New app helps disabled kids 'Jooay' - Montreal Gazette, March 20, 2015

IHSP Associate Member Keiko Shikako-Thomas co-led the development of a new application for disabled children to find appropriate leisure activities and for their parents to connect with other families of children with disabilities.

Canada’s universities need to connect themselves to their students and the world - The Globe and Mail, March 18, 2015

In her latest op-ed, IHSP Faculty member Antonia Maioni discusses how teaching in Canadian universities must evolve to keep pace with an increasingly complex world.

HSI’s new research initiative on Quebec’s child care policies

The Healthier Societies Initiative (HSI) has recently received funding from CIHR for a two-year project on Quebec’s childcare policies! The research program will be led by Professors Daniel Weinstock (IHSP Director) and Seungmi Yang (Assistant Professor in McGill’s Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health) and will assess the impacts on health and health equity of two of Quebec’s distinctive childcare policies: subsidized childcare, and a more generous parental insurance plan than the federal benefit program. Investigating these unique work-family balance policies in Quebec, we will evaluate not only their overall effects on various maternal and child health outcomes but also their impact on socioeconomic health inequalities. Given the recent policy changes in daycare fees in Quebec, we are pleased to be able to contribute to the body of evidence in this important field to inform further policy-making. Stay tuned for potential student internship opportunities!

MACHEquity contributes to the No Ceilings’ Full Participation Report on Women and Girls’ conditions worldwide.

MACHEquity’s research and data are featured in the Clinton and Gates Foundations’ Full Participation Report to assess evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls worldwide. Over the past year, MACHEquity researchers have looked at the evolution of paid maternal leave across the globe. See what they have found on page 30 of the report.
In addition to these results, MACHEquity has collaborated with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center on a series of policy briefs on labor policies, minimum wage, child marriage, and breastfeeding breaks at work.

Liberalism and multiculturalism - The Cambridge Companion to Liberalism, March 2015

IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock has contributed a chapter to this review of the differents aspects of what is considered the main Western political ideology. This chapter gives an overview of the relations between multiculturalism and liberalism and attempts to circumscribe liberal multiculturalism.

Rethinking the Revolving Door: Mental Health Courts in Canada and the US - March 11th, 2015; 4:15PM; Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (New Chancellor Day Hall room 100), 3644 Peel Street, Montreal

IHSP is joining the The McGill Journal of Law and Health, Team VISEV, and the McGill Research Group on Health and Law to invite you to this panel discussing the impacts of mental health courts on people with mental illness and the community.

Estimating the Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on Women’s Use of Contraception: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - PLoS ONE, February  2015

MACHEquity’s Lauren Maxwell has recently reviewed 23 years of data to find the links between intimate partner violence and use of contraceptives methods and notices implications for family planning and HIV prevention programs.

Cookstoves and cardiovascular health: Jill Baumgartner's latest news:

IHSP Faculty Member and Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantee Jill Baumgartner will be presenting her latest results at the United States Envirnomental Protection Agency-hosted Cookstove Research Meeting on February 25-26 at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. In addition, Dr. Baumgartner has been named among the World Heart Federation new Emerging Leaders for 2014-15. She will be meeting her fellow Leaders in Peru in March 2015.

Canada's Highest Court Approved Assisted Suicide. Now What? – Vermont Public Radio, February 2015 (audio clip)

Following the Canadian Supreme Court ruling on medical assistance to end of life, McGill University IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock spoke to Vermont Public Radio about the context and implications of this key decision | Suite à la décision de la Cour Suprême du Canada sur l’aide médicale à mourir, le directeur de l’Institut des politique sociales et de la santé, Daniel Weinstock, discute du contexte et des implications de ce verdict avec la radio publique du Vermont (entrevue audio en anglais).

Opinion: McGill must divest its endowment fund of fossil fuels – Montreal Gazette, February 2015 | Campagne de «désinvestissement»: McGill doit sortir des énergies fossiles – Le Devoir, February 2015

Professor Christopher Barrington-Leigh is part of a group of McGill Faculty encouraging the University to distance itself from fossil fuels by ending investments of its endowment fund into the sector in Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir (French) Op-eds.

Le Dr. Christopher Barrington-Leigh fait partie d’un groupe de professeurs de l’université McGill qui encouragent l’institution à prendre ses distances par rapport aux combustibles fossiles en mettant fin à ses investissements de son fond de dotation dans ce secteur dans une lettre d’opinion publiée dans le Devoir et la Gazette de Montréal.

L’aide médicale à mourir légalisée par la Cour suprême

(Daniel Weinstock cited in La Presse Canadienne)

7 février 2015

We haven’t forgotten the long-form census

"Comprehensive data collected reliably over time is essential for ensuring sound, democratic policy-making. It allows us as Canadians to tell our own story, to see clearly who we are, and, ultimately, to decide together who we want to become."

Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 06 2015

Has the time come to push basic income?

Jurgen De Wispelaere and Sid Frankel

Winnipeg Free Press

Posted: 02/6/2015 

Video now available: Manitoba Institute for Policy Research of the University of Manitoba hosted an event entitled “Working towards a Basic Income for Manitoba and Canada

Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health 2002–2010: a time-series analysis of 34 countries participating in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study

The Lancet, Feb 3, 2015

Dr Frank J Elgar, Timo-Kolja Pförtner, Irene Moor,  Bart De Clercq, Gonneke W J M Stevens,Candace Currie

Adolescence is a formative life stage for adult health, but is often neglected in health policy. Health and health behaviours track strongly from early adolescence to adulthood, and inequalities in health are typically established early in life. Socioeconomic status (SES) is a major determinant of these inequalities. To grow up in impoverished and marginalised socioeconomic conditions shortens the lifespan and contributes to poor mental and physical health. Some research has suggested that socioeconomic differences in health emerge in early childhood and then diminish in early adolescence, only to re-emerge in adulthood. However, most of the evidence in this area shows social class gradients in health at every stage of the life course, including adolescence. This study shows that socioeconomic differences in adolescents' mental and physical health increased from 2002 to 2010 in a large sample of high-income countries. Widening socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health contrast with improvements seen for children in the early years, with reductions in child poverty and inequalities in child health. Research and policy attention is needed to continue monitoring of these trends and to develop and assess policy approaches to promotion of health and health equity in adolescents.