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Research Areas in Health, Aging & Society

Our faculty members are involved in a wide range of research areas

Critical social science

We bring a critical perspective to bear on the four empirical fields of research below. This includes questioning and sometimes challenging the dominant models of thinking and acting in health policy and practice, giving voice to people and subjects that are neglected or marginalized, involving communities as partners in research, drawing on social theory to frame and inform studies, and being open to using all kinds of academic methodologies.  All of our faculty members are critical social scientists.

Research

Research in the Department of Health Aging and Society examines a wide range of issues and topics related to the fields of health studies and social gerontology. Read about some of our past research projects.

Social-cultural dimensions of health and/or aging

We believe that aging and health are not simply biological phenomenon. Not only are aging and health heavily influenced by social and cultural phenomenon and trends, they are experienced differently by different social and cultural groups, and are constructed and represented differently according to dominant societal, social, and cultural norms.

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Gavin Andrews


Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society | Acting Department Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society

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Chelsea Gabel


Assistant Professor | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

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James Gillett

(Health, Aging & Society), B.A. Hons. (Calgary), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)


Associate Dean, Grad Studies and Research, of Faculty of Social Sciences | Associate Professor

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Amanda Grenier

(Health, Aging & Society), B.S.W. (Windsor), M.S.W., Ph.D. (McGill)


Professor | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Chair of Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

Systems, services and policy

We are interested in how public health, healthcare and social care are produced and consumed in the twenty-first century, ranging from the resource pressures, ideologies and ideas that motivate at a macro level, to the experiences of clients and the public at a micro level. Attention is paid to both to formal and informal sectors.

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Gavin Andrews


Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society | Acting Department Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society

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Jim Dunn


Professor | Department Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society (on leave) | Director of McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

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Chelsea Gabel


Assistant Professor | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

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James Gillett

(Health, Aging & Society), B.A. Hons. (Calgary), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)


Associate Dean, Grad Studies and Research, of Faculty of Social Sciences | Associate Professor

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Amanda Grenier

(Health, Aging & Society), B.S.W. (Windsor), M.S.W., Ph.D. (McGill)


Professor | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Chair of Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

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Michel Grignon


Professor | Associate Scientist of Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Èconomie de la Santé | Editor-in-chief of Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé

Environments and inequalities

We are interested in how and why different people and groups in different places experience different levels of health and wellbeing. Attention is paid to unpacking the mechanisms and processes which determine these inequalities and the ways in which people cope with them. Both urban and rural environments are considered in our scholarship.

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Gavin Andrews


Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society | Acting Department Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society

photo of Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn


Professor | Department Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society (on leave) | Director of McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

photo of Chelsea Gabel

Chelsea Gabel


Assistant Professor | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

photo of James Gillett

James Gillett

(Health, Aging & Society), B.A. Hons. (Calgary), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)


Associate Dean, Grad Studies and Research, of Faculty of Social Sciences | Associate Professor

photo of Amanda Grenier

Amanda Grenier

(Health, Aging & Society), B.S.W. (Windsor), M.S.W., Ph.D. (McGill)


Professor | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Chair of Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

photo of Michel Grignon

Michel Grignon


Professor | Associate Scientist of Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Èconomie de la Santé | Editor-in-chief of Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé

Diversity and inclusion

We are interested in how people belonging to different demographic, economic, social and cultural groups are excluded or marginalized in terms of their health and wellbeing. This might be according to their gender, age, race, ethnicity, income or sexuality. Our aim is to produce research that can help lead to greater awareness.

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Chelsea Gabel


Assistant Professor | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

photo of James Gillett

James Gillett

(Health, Aging & Society), B.A. Hons. (Calgary), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)


Associate Dean, Grad Studies and Research, of Faculty of Social Sciences | Associate Professor

photo of Amanda Grenier

Amanda Grenier

(Health, Aging & Society), B.S.W. (Windsor), M.S.W., Ph.D. (McGill)


Professor | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Chair of Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging