PhD Sociology (Western)
MA Sociology (Western)
BA Honours (University of Winnipeg)
Jointly appointed in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies and School of Public Health and Health Systems. Cross appointed to the School of Pharmacy. I supervise master’s and doctoral students as well as undergraduate honours papers in both sociology and health studies.
Research and teaching areas
- Social inequality and public policy
- Health inequalities
- Life course
- Quantitative methods
- Sociology of health
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 for the Gender and Vulnerable Populations teams of the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration (OPEN) and the co-Director (with Dr. Christian Boudreau) of the Waterloo Survey Research Centre. I am also Affiliated Scientist with the PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact.
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, accessibly through the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre at Waterloo.
Selected publications and presentations
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.
- Cooke M. (2012) “Social Policy for 201s Century Risks." Arts Lecture Series Scholarship for an Uncertain World
- Cooke, M. Indigenous Migrations in Canada. (2012) In Ness, E. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. New York: Blackwell.
- Cooke, M. and McWhirter, J. 2011 "Public Policy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Taking a Lifecourse Perspective." Forthcoming in Canadian Public Policy. 37 (Supp.) S13-S31.
- Gaudet, S., Cooke, M. and Jacob, J. (2011) “Returning to work after childbirth: widening inequalities in women’s life courses” Canadian Review of Sociology. 48(2): 153-180.
- Cooke, M. and D. Long (2011). Moving Beyond the Politics of Aboriginal Well-Being, Health and Healing in Long, D. and O.P. Dickason (Eds.) Visions of the Heart: an Introduction to Canadian Aboriginal Issues, Third ed. Toronto: Nelson