About this Research Theme
Social policy encompasses government actions and regulations designed to address societal challenges and promote the well-being of citizens. Research topics include the development and implementation of programs and measures related to areas such as healthcare, education, labor and poverty.
Social and health policy; pharmaceutical policy; innovation policy; science and technology studies; political economy; history of economic thought
Associate Professor -- agricultural extension; science, technology and innovation; health
Assistant Professor -- public policy, inequality, comparative public policy, policy design, political participation
Maternal and reproductive health policy in the developing world, particularly Mexico; social policy in Mexico; the political economy of development; theories of development
Assistant Professor -- program and policy evaluation; development economics; education; cost-benefit analysis; mixed-methods evaluation; machine learning
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Governance and Artificial Intelligence -- digital Government; artificial intelligence governance; data-intensive public sector innovation; policy analytics
Monday, November 13, 2023
Mary Bartram: “The Kids Aren’t All Right” is a call to action — and action is what our children deserve.
SPPA Adjunct Professor Mary Bartram publishes an op-ed with Kwame McKenzie (University of Toronto) “The Kids Aren’t All Right” is...
Friday, August 18, 2023
SPPA Adjunct Research Professor Mary Bartram co-authors new paper on suicidal ideation, cannabis, and alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic
"Prevalence and factors associated with suicidal ideation, cannabis, and alcohol use during the COVID-19...
Monday, July 24, 2023
Vivian Hofmann: Self-selection versus population-based sampling for evaluation of an agronomy training program in Uganda
By Vivian Hoffmann Miki Khan Doan, Tomoko Harigaya Published online: 16 Jul 2023 Journal of Development...
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Vivian Hoffmann wins Best Article in Agricultural Economics
Congratulations to Associate Professor Vivian Hoffmann along with co-author Sarah Wairimu Kariuki who have won " Best Article in Agricultural Economics 2022" by the International...
Monday, June 12, 2023
Seeking Social Democracy
SPPA Distinguished Research Professor Frances Abele collaborated with Ed Broadbent, Jonathan Sas and Luke Savage on Broadbent's new book, Seeking Social Democracy: Seven Decades in the Fight for Equality. ECW Press will release the...
Friday, May 19, 2023
Kristen Pue & Anna Kopec examine democracy promotion by Canadian homeless shelters
Kristen Pue and Anna Kopec's paper “Do Service-providing Nonprofits Contribute to Democratic Inclusion?: Analyzing Democracy Promotion by...
Friday, May 19, 2023
Alison Smith & Anna Kopec: Mapping Homelessness Research in Canada
Alison Smith (University of Toronto) and SPPA Associate Professor Anna Kopec have published the paper “Mapping Homelessness Research in Canada” in the American Review of...
Friday, May 19, 2023
Anna Kopec: Critical Junctures as Complex Processes: Examining Mechanisms of Policy Change and Path Dependence in the Canadian Pandemic Response to Homelessness
Anna Kopec's paper “Critical Junctures as Complex Processes: Examining Mechanisms of Policy Change and Path...
Friday, May 5, 2023
Mehdi Ammi: $500,000 New Frontiers in Research Fund on Modelling Pandemics
Associate Professor Mehdi Ammi is a co-principal investigator on a new $500,000 New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) focused on improving the modelling of COVID-19 pandemic and...
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Marc-André Gagnon: What did the scientific literature learn from internal company documents in the pharmaceutical industry? A scoping review
Marc-André Gagnon and Miaoran Dong's paper "What did the scientific literature learn from internal...
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Mehdi Ammi: How Does Medical Doctors’ Personality Compare to Patients and Highly Educated Workers?
Associate Professor Mehdi Ammi, jointly with colleagues from the University of Queensland (Jonas Fooken) and the University of...
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Christopher Stoney: Policy-making, policy-taking, and policy-shaping: Local government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
We are pleased to share a final paper of the late SPPA Professor Christopher Stoney "Policy-making,...
Monday, April 3, 2023
Mehdi Ammi: Political and Fiscal Determinants of Expenditures on Public Health
Associate Professor Mehdi Ammi, jointly with political scientists Olivier Jacques and Alain Noël from Université de Montréal and health services researcher Emmanuelle Arpin...
Monday, March 27, 2023
Mehdi Ammi and Antoine Dedewanou: Priorities for Public Health Systems / Representativeness of Primary Care Surveys
Associate Professor Mehdi Ammi and Adjunct Research Professor...