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Department of Sociology

University of Western Ontario

London, Ontario N6A 5C2


Nationality: Canada


Membership Number :20103

Roderic Beaujot

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University Of Western Ontario

Field of study: Demography, Sociology

Specialization: Ageing, Families and Households, Fertility, International Migration, Policy and Ethics

Regional focus: United States and Canada, Western Europe, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Sociology, University of Alberta, 1975

Working languages:
  • - English
  • - French

Professional summary:

With a PhD in Sociology from University of Alberta (1975), Roderic Beaujot was Demographer at Statistics Canada (1974-76) and has since been at the University of Western Ontario. Since 2011, he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and member of the Centre for Population, Aging and Health.


He is Principal Investigator for Population Change and Lifecourse, a Strategic Knowledge Cluster funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and formet chair (1994-2016) of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Demographic Statistics and Studies.


He has been President of the Canadian Population Society (2000-02) and the Federation of Canadian Demographers (1987-90). He was a member of the Canadian Delegation at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), and founding academic director (2004-14) of Western's Research Data Centre.

Beaujot’s research interests include the evolving demographics of Canada and implications for social policy in areas of family, health, labour force, pensions, education, and social security.

Member since: 1976

Beaujot, Roderic, Ching Du and Zenaida Ravanera. 2013. Family policies in Quebec and the rest of Canada: Implications for fertility, child care, women’s paid work and child development indicators. Canadian Public Policy 39(2): 221-239.


Beaujot, Roderic. 2013. Why do we still need a census? Comment in The Canadian Geographer (forthcoming).


Beaujot, Roderic and Muhammad Munib Raza. 2013. Population and immigration policy. Pp. 129-162 in P. James and M. Kasoff (Editors). Canadian Studies in the New Millennium. Second Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.



Aysan, Mehmet and Roderic Beaujot. 2009. Welfare Regimes for Aging Populations: No Single Path for Reform. Population and Development Review 35(4): 701-720.




Beaujot, Roderic. 2000.Earning and Caring in Canadian Families, Peterborough: Broadview, 416 pp.



Beaujot, Roderic and Don Kerr. 2004. Population Change in Canada, 2nd edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 367 pp.



Honorary positions:

Past IUSSP Activities: As President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers, Beaujot led the 1989 bid to hold the 1993 IUSSP Congress in Montreal. He was organizer of sessions on “Causes of Low Fertility” (2005), and “Childlessness” (2013). He also helped fund and organize the IUSSP Distinguished Lecture Series at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), including publishing a summary which appeared in Canadian Studies in Population 23(1): 69-98 (1996).

John Porter Award 2001 of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, for Earning and Caring in Canadian Families (Broadview Press, 2000) recognizing “outstanding published scholarly contributions within the ‘John Porter tradition’ to the advancement of the sociological and/or anthropological knowledge of Canada.”

Canadian Population Society Lifetime Contribution Award 2015.

Research grants:

2006-14. Population Change and Lifecourse, Principal Investigator with Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Byron Spencer, Céline Le Bourdais, Kevin McQuillan, Paul Bernard, Susan McDaniel, Zheng Wu and Partners Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Health Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Policy Research Initiative, SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant: $2,097,000.
2010-13.Vulnerable families and individuals: Risk and resilience over the adult life course. Roderic Beaujot, Zenaida Ravanera and Jianye Liu, SSHRC Research Grant: $74,150.

Other association membership in population or related fields:
  • - Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française (AIDELF)
  • - Population Association of America (PAA)