Departmental research programs cover a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The research strengths of the department lie in the areas of aging, political sociology/social movements, demography, gender, health, social inequality and cultural, social and political thought (CSPT).
Faculty members are prolific from a publication standpoint and their efforts have been recognized within the university and abroad. Numerous faculty hold research awards and honours for contributions in their field. Over the past 5 years faculty members have collectively published over 20 books, 100 peer reviewed journal articles and 50 book chapters. Moreover, faculty members are very productive from the standpoint of research grant activity. Together, over the past 5 years, the faculty affiliates have, as principal investigators or co-investigators, obtained over 100 research grants. These grants are from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the National Institute of Health in the USA, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and various other government and non-government agencies.