Céline Le Bourdais

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Department of Sociology
McGill University
Peterson Hall Building, Room 314
3460 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E6

Tel.: 514-398-6840
Fax: 514-398-1722
E-Mail: celine.lebourdais [at] mcgill.ca (Céline Le Bourdais)

Departmental Profile


Céline Le Bourdais is Professor in the Department of Sociology, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change, and Academic Director of the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) Laboratory at McGill, which provides researchers and students access to Statistics Canada’s survey and administrative data. Trained both in demography and sociology, she has conducted a series of studies that document family changes in Québec and Canada and the repercussions of these changes on the life course of different generations of men, women and children. More recently, her research analyses the differences and similarities that exist between marriage and cohabiting unions; the impact of conjugal instability on family network and support at old age; and the role of growing cultural diversity in modifying family patterns.



  • Family dynamics
  • Cohabitation and marriage
  • Income trajectories
  • Conjugal history
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Family law and policy



PhD in Sociology (1984): Brown University


Recent Publications

Mayer, M. et C. Le Bourdais. 2018. “Sharing parental leave among dual-earner couples in Canada: Does reserved paternity leave make a difference?”, Population Research and Policy Review. Available on line: DOI: 10.1007/s11113-018-9497-x

Boulet, M. and C. Le Bourdais, 2017 (published in 2018). “Partage des rôles dans les couples à deux revenus et satisfaction de l’équilibre travail-famille selon le genre”, Cahiers de recherche sociologique, 63 (Fall): 111-131.

Pugliese, M., A. Fostik, M. Boulet and C. Le Bourdais, 2017 (published in 2018). “Le partage des tâches dans la famille : une transition inachevée?”, Cahiers de recherche sociologique, 63 (Fall): 7-24.

Le Bourdais, C. and É. Lapierre-Adamcyk, 2017 (published in 2018). “Changements familiaux au Québec du milieu des années 1970 au milieu des années 2010”, Revue du Notariat 119 (3): 471-513.

Le Bourdais, Céline, Sung-Hee Jeon, Shelley Clark and Évelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk. 2016. “Impact of Conjugal Separation on Women’s Income in Canada – Does the Type of Union Matter?” Demographic Research 35(50): 1489-1522.