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Dr. Daniel Beland

Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School in Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan


Daniel Béland is Canada Research Chair in Public Policy (Tier 1) and Professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School in Public Policy, a joint venture between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Holding a PhD in Political Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), he has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and The University of Chicago, a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki and the University of Southern Denmark, and a Fulbright Scholar at The George Washington University and the National Academy of Social Insurance. From July 2001 to December 2007, he taught sociology at the University of Calgary.

A political sociologist analyzing politics and public policy from a comparative and historical perspective, Professor Béland has published 10 books and more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in international scholarly journals. His most recent books include The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security Reform in the United States (Georgetown University Press, 2012; co-authored with Alex Waddan), Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research (Oxford University Press, 2011; co-edited with Robert Henry Cox), What is Social Policy? Understanding the Welfare State (Polity, 2010), Public and Private Social Policy: Health and Pension Policies in a New Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; co-edited with Brian Gran), and Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2008; co-authored with André Lecours). He has also co-edited special issues for the Canadian Journal of Sociology (2004), International Journal of Social Welfare (2012), Governance (2012), and Revue française de science politique (forthcoming). To support his research, he has been awarded two SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) standard research grants and two Canada Research Chairs (a Tier 2 followed by a Tier 1). Taken together, his awards and grants add up to more than 2.5 million dollars CDN in external funding.

Alone or with his many collaborators, who include postdocs and graduate students, Professor Béland is presently working on research projects focusing on issues ranging from universal social policy and health care reform to the role of ideas in policy development and the relationship between fiscal policy and welfare state development. His basic Canada Research Chair program is described on the Research page of this website.

Professor Béland currently serves as Editor (French) of the Canadian Journal of Sociology and as a member of the editorial board of The Gerontologist, Politique américaine, and Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press). Since 2006, he has been the Secretary-Treasurer of the Research Committee 19 (Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy) of the International Sociological Association. More recently, in 2009, he was appointed to the advisory board of the Australian Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing. From 2010 to 2013, he also sat on the Academic Council of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences). Finally, he is member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of the Scholars Strategy Network.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Béland has participated in numerous training sessions for civil servants, provided policy advice to federal and provincial officials, and testified in front of the Saskatchewan Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission and the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons (Canada). Moreover, he is regularly asked to comment on key policy and political issues by Canadian and international media outlets. He has also published articles in newspapers such as La Presse and the National Post (Canada), and in magazines like Policy Options (Canada), La vie des idées (France), and The Wilson Quarterly (United States). He is featured in the Canadian Who's Who 2011 and 2012 (University of Toronto Press), and in the Dictionary of Eminent Social Scientists: Autobiographies (Fondation Mattei Dogan).

Dr. Daniel Beland

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