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Patrik Marier, PhD

Professor, Political Science

Patrik Marier, PhD
Office: S-H 1225-61 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5187

Dr. Patrik Marier obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He held a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Public Policy between 2005 and 2015 and a Concordia University Research Chair in Aging and Public Policy between 2015-2020

Dr. Marier’s research focuses on the impact of aging populations on a number of public policy fields including pensions, healthcare, and labour policy across comparative cases. He is currently completing a book length manuscript on how Canadian provinces are preparing themselves to face the consequences and opportunities of an aging population. Dr. Marier has also written numerous publications on the politics of pension reforms in industrialized countries.

Dr. Marier is the Scientific Director of CREGÉS, a university research centre housed at the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. It is a unique centre devoted to the field of social gerontology that encourages the development of research and innovating practices. The centre has more than 50 members, 33 of which are regular members. This includes university researchers from 11 different disciplines and six Quebec universities (Concordia, Laval, McGill, Université de Montréal, UQAM and UQTR).

Dr. Marier is also the lead researcher for the FRQSC Team Aging, Social Exclusion, and Solidarities (VIES), and a member of CIRANO. 


PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research interests

Aging, Comparative Public Policy; Policy Analysis; Public Administration; Social Gerontology; Social Policies;

Recent Publications

Full List on Google Scholar


Marier, Patrik (forthcoming - 2021). The FourLenses of Population Aging: Planning for the Future in Canadian Provinces. Toronto:University of Toronto Press.

Billette,Véronique, Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) (2020). Getting Wise about Getting Old: DebunkingMyths about Aging. Vancouver: UBC Press, Purich Books.

Billette, Véronique, Patrik Marier and Anne-MarieSéguin (eds.) (2018). Les vieillissements sous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

Peer-reviewed journals

Dickson,Daniel*, Patrik Marier and Anne-Sophie Dubé* (forthcoming). Do Assessment Tools Shape Policy Preferences? AnalysingPolicy Framing Effects on Older Adult Service Users. Journal of SocialPolicy.

Cox,Robert, Daniel Dickson* and Patrik Marier (forthcoming). Resistance, Innovation and Improvisation: Comparing theResponses of Nursing Home Workers to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Canada and theUnited States. Journal of ComparativePolicy Analysis.

Lee,Kyuho*, Daniel Dickson*, Marina Revelli* and Patrik Marier (forthcoming). Who Cares? Preferences for Formal and Informal Care amongOlder Adults in Québec. Journalof Applied Gerontology.

Lee,Kyuho*, Patrik Marier (2020). Aging in Place With a Spouse in Need: NeighborhoodCohesion and Older Adult Spouses’ Physical and Mental Health. International Journal ofAging and Human Development.

Cooper, Christopher, Patrik Marier, AliHalawi* (2020). The Politics of Senior Bureaucratic Turnover in the WestminsterAdministrative Tradition: Trust, Control and the Choice between Internal andExternal Appointments. PublicPolicy and Administration.

Béland, Daniel and Patrik Marier (2020).COVID-19 and Long Term Care Policy for Older People in Canada. Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

Grenier, Amanda, StephanieHatzifilalithis*,Debra Laliberté-Rudman, Karen Kobayashi, Patrik Marier, andChristopher Phillipson (2019). Precarity and aging: A scoping review. TheGerontologist.

Caradec, Vincent, Aline Chamahian, Patrik Marier,Anne-Marie Séguin (2017). Introduction :Lesterritoires du vieillissement. Lien social et Politiques.79 : 4-16.

Liang,Jiayin and Patrik Marier (2017). Awaiting Long Term Care Services in aRapidly Changing Environment: Voices from Older Chinese Adults. JournalofPopulation Ageing, 10(4): 385-401.

Marier Patrik, and Isabelle Van Pevenage (2017). Threecompeting interpretations of policy problems: Tame and Wicked Problems throughthe Lenses of Population Aging. Policy& Society.36(3): 430-445.

Grenier, Amanda, Christopher Phillipson, DebraLaliberté-Rudman, Stephanie Hatzifilalithis*, Karen Kobayashi, and PatrikMarier (2017). Precarity in Later Life: Understanding newforms of insecurityand risk. Journal ofAging Studies,43(December): 9-14.

Marier, Patrik and Marina Revelli* (2017). CompassionateCanadians and Conflictual Americans? Portrayals of Ageism in Liberal andConservative Media in Canada and the United States. Ageingand Society, 37(8): 1632-1653.

Marier, Patrik (2017). The Politics of Policy Adoption: AScandinavian Tale on the Difficulties of Enacting Policy Diffusion or TransferAcross Industrialized Countries. PolicySciences, 50(3), 427-448.

Cooper, Chris* and Patrik Marier (2017). Does it Matter WhoWorks at the Center? A Comparative Policy Analysis of Executive Styles. Journalof Comparative Policy Analysis, 19(1): 1-16.

Paterson, Stephanie, Patrik Marier and Felix Chu* (2016).Technocracy or Transformation? Mapping Women’s Policy Agencies and OrientingGender (In) Equality in the Canadian Provinces. CanadianPublic Administration,59(3): 405-424.

o  J.E.Hodgetts Award, presented to thefinest article in English appearing in the previous year’s Canadian PublicAdministration.

Marier, Patrik and Isabelle Van Pevenage(2016). The Invisible Women: Gender and Caregiving in Francophone Media. RomanianJournal of Communication and PublicRelations, 18(1): 77-88.

Marier, Patrik (2016). Devine Intervention? Lessons inSystemic Retrenchment from Canada’s Most Generous Welfare State. Regionaland Federal Studies, 26(2):221-241.

Recent Book chapters

Patrik Marier, Daniel Dickson* and Anne-Sophie Dubé* (2020). ‘Focus Groups in Comparative Public Policy’ in Guillaume Fontaine and Guy Peters (eds.) Handbook of Methods in Comparative Policy Analysis. Cheltenham: Elgar Publishing. P.297-311.

Béland,Daniel and Patrik Marier (2019). ‘Universality and the Erosion of Old Age Security’ in Daniel Béland, Gregory P. Marchildon, and Michael J. Prince (eds.)Universality and Social Policy in Canada.Toronto: University of Toronto Press. P. 103-210.

Marier,Patrik, Anne-Marie Séguin and Véronique Billette (2018). Enjeux de politiques publiques et complexités du vieillissement Véronique Billette, Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Les vieillissements sous la loupe :entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval. P.275-286.

Marier, Patrik, Yves Carrière and JonathanPurenne* (2018). ‘Riche comme Crésus ? Le mythe desaînés riches’ Véronique Billette, Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Les vieillissements sous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’UniversitéLaval. P. 25-34.

Carrière, Yves, Patrik Marier, JonathanPurenne* and Diane Galarneau (2018). ‘Les annéesajoutées à la vie : années de retraite ou de travail ?’ Véronique Billette,Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Les vieillissementssous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval. P.169-178.

Gilbert, Norma*, Annette Leibing andPatrik Marier (2018). ‘Multiplesautonomies : Naviguer l’univers du soutien à domicile’. VéroniqueBillette, Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Les vieillissements sous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval. P.249-256.

Joy, Meghan, Patrik Marier andAnne-Marie Séguin (2018). ‘Ladémarche villes-amies des aînés. Un remède universel pour vieillir chezsoi ?’. Véronique Billette, Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Les vieillissements sous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval. P.75-84.

Van Pevenage, Isabelle, Zelda Freitas, Patrik Marier and Pam Orzeck (2018). ‘Les familles abandonnent les personnes âgées ?’Véronique Billette, Patrik Marier and Anne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Les vieillissements sous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval.

Séguin Anne-Marie, Véronique Billette et Patrik Marier (2018). ‘Les vieillissements sous laloupe : regards sur des expériences diversifiées’ Véronique Billette, Patrik Marier andAnne-Marie Séguin (eds.) Lesvieillissements sous la loupe : entre mythes et réalités. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval.

Marier, Patrik (2017). ‘Public Inquiries’, in Marleen Brans, Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett (eds.) Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis. London: Routledge. P. 169-180.

Marier, Patrik (2017). ‘Policy Problems,’ Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of PoliticalScience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Marier, Patrik and Anne-Marie Séguin (2015). ‘Demography and Aging’, Daniel Béland and Pierre-MarcDaigneault (eds.) Perspectives on Provincial Social Assistance in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. P. 339-352

Research activities

Ongoing Research Grants As Principal Investigator

·  FRQSC Action concertéethématique, Programme de recherche sur les personnes aînées vivant desdynamiques de marginalisation et d’exclusion sociale (Principle investigator –12 members). Les actions gouvernementales au Québec : impacts sur despersonnes aînées marginalisées ou vivant des dynamiques d’exclusion sociale,($190,500), 2020-2023.

FRQSC Soutien aux Équipes derecherche - Partenariat (Principal investigator – 14members), Équipe derecherche Vieillissements,exclusions sociales et solidarités,programmation L’inclusion sociale des personnes âgées : enjeuxspatio-temporels,($572,931), 2018-2022

Concordia OVPRGS (co-director with Meghan Joy, Concordia). The Politics of Social Gerontology in Asian Post-Industrialized Societies ($76,000), 2017-2019.


ANR/FQRSC (co-principal investigator with Loïc Trabut, INED). PASOLO : Personnes Âgées et Solidarités Locales, ($567,000, partie québécoise $201,000), 2016-2020.


FQRSC Soutien aux infrastructures de recherche des Instituts et des Centres affiliés universitaires du secteur social (SI) (Principal Investigator – 57 members), Regards sur la vieillesse et le vieillissement : de l'expérience singulière aux enjeux collectifs, ($1,181,616), 2014-2021.


SSHRC (Principal Investigator with Philippe Apparicio, Annette Leibing, and Anne-Marie Séguin, all co-investigators). The Politics of Social Gerontology, ($294,352), 2014-2021.


Teaching activities


POLI 330                 Principles of Public Administration
POLI 604                 Comparative Public Policy
POLI 607/815B        Ageing and Public Policy
POLI 622                 Comparative Public Administration
POLI 636/805          Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration

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