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Associate Professor

Jointly appointed to the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies and School of Public Health and Health Systems / Cross-appointed to the School of Pharmacy 

Contact information

Office: PAS 2040

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 36585


Martin Cooke

Research interests

My research interests are generally in the area of social inequality, including its impact on health. I am particularly interested in social policy, especially viewing policies like social assistance and pensions from the perspective of the life course.

I am the co-lead of the Gender and Vulnerable Populations team of the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration (OPEN) and the co-Director (with Professor Christian Boudreau) of the Waterloo Survey Research Centre. I am also an Affiliated Scientist with the PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

I am happy to supervise master’s and PhD students in either Sociology or Health Studies, with a focus on inequities in health. For master’s students, I often suggest quantitative projects, using secondary data from the Statistics Canada Research Data Centres Program, accessible through the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre at Waterloo.

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

My teaching interests are in social aspects of health, social demography, and quantitative research methods. I regularly teach PHS 607: Social, Behavioural and Cultural Aspects of Public Health, and SOC/HLTH 253: Demographic Change in Canada.


PhD Sociology (2005, University of Western Ontario)

MA Sociology (1999, University of Western Ontario)

BA Honours (1997, University of Winnipeg)

Selected recent publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Cooke, M. and O’Sullivan, E. (2014). The Impact of Migration on the First Nations Community Well-Being Index. Social Indicators Research. July 2014.

Mitrou, F., Cooke, M., Lawrence, D., Povah, D., Mobila, E., Guimond, E. and Zubrick, S. (2014) Gaps in Indigenous disadvantage not closing: a census cohort study of social determinants of health in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand from 1981–2006. BMC Public Health 14:201. 

Towns, C., Cooke, M., Rysdale, L. and Wilk, P. (2014). Healthy Weights Interventions in Aboriginal Children and Youth: A Review of the Literature. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Research and Practice 75(3): 125-131. 

Hill, G. and Cooke, M. (2013). How Do You Build a Community? Developing Community Capacity and Social Capital in an Urban Aboriginal Setting. Pimatsiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health 11(3) 

Cooke, M. Wilk, P., Paul, K. and Gonneville, S. (2013) Predictors of Obesity Among Métis Children: Socio-economic, Behavioural and Cultural Factors. Canadian Journal of Public Health 104(4) 

Cooke, M. (2013). “‘And then I got Pregnant’: Early Childbearing in the first Nations Life Course. International Indigenous Policy Journal 4, 1. 

Selected professional activities and networks

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Population Change and Lifecourse Flexibility

Canadian Population Society

Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium, International

University of Waterloo