Edwin Ng

Associate Professor

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  • ACHIEVE Post-doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH), St. Michaels Hospital
  • Ph.D., Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • MSW, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • BSW, School of Social Work, University of Windsor

Contact Information



Edwin Ng is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College, Affiliated with University of Waterloo. He completed his PhD in Social Science and Health in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. His primary research integrates political economy, public health, and social work. Specifically, his work focuses on how population health and health inequalities are generated and reproduced through democratic politics, social protection policies, and social class relations. He both quantitative and qualitative methods to advance Rudolf Virchow’s famous argument that “Medicine is a social science, and politics nothing but medicine at a larger scale.”

Courses Taught at Renison

  • SDS 495R

  • SWREN 434R
  • SWK 600R
  • SWK 601R
  • SWK 609R
  • SWK 605R

Research Interests (keywords)

  • Welfare states and regimes
  • Political economy of population health and health inequalities
  • Critical social science theory
  • Social determinants of health
  • Research methods

Selected Publications (peer-reviewed)

Ng, E., & Muntaner, C. (2018). The effect of women in government on population health: An ecological analysis among Canadian provinces, 1976–2009. SSM-population health, 6, 141-148.

Ng, E., Julià, M., Muntaner, C., & O’Campo, P. (2017). Family support policies and child outcomes: a realist-scoping review. Community, Work & Family, 20(3), 292-306.

Ng, E., Muntaner, C., & Chung, H. (2016). Welfare states, labor markets, political dynamics, and population health: A time-series cross-sectional analysis among East and Southeast Asian nations. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 1010539516628171.

Ng, E., & Muntaner, C. (2015). Welfare generosity and population health among Canadian provinces: a time-series cross-sectional analysis, 1989–2009. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, jech-2014.

Ng, E., & Muntaner, C. (2014). A critical approach to macrosocial determinants of population health: Engaging scientific realism and incorporating social conflict. Current Epidemiology Reports, 1: 27-37.

Link to Google Scholar Profile

Recent Presentations

Ng, E. & Kickbusch, I. (2019). An exploration of the political determinants of health. Multilateral Dialogue Geneva, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany.

Ng, E. (2019). Is democracy good for health? Invited Speaker, 72nd Session of the World Health Assembly, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Ng, E. (2017). Online Teaching and Learning: From Curious Questioner to Proud Proponent. Invited Panel Member, Centre for Teaching Excellence's Ninth Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Current Projects

  • Global effect of democracy on population health
  • Political determinants of health inequalities among Canadian provinces
  • Meta-analyses: effect of precarious employment, welfare generosity, and neighbourhood interventions on health