The Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International) represents the next step in a planned program development that began in the late 1990s, where researchers and policy analysts in Academia and Government began working together to correct what they perceived as the lack of evidence based policy making.

The Centre for Population, Aging and Health encourages, organizes, and supports innovative social research in the areas of population, aging, and health. We are a community of scholars working and collaborating on research and methods that advance the scientific understanding of social issues related to changing population dynamics, individual and population aging, and social determinants of health.

The primary goal of the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster is to promote research that will lead academics and policymakers to a clearer understanding of the relationship between population structure and the lives of individuals. This research will form the basis for improved planning on the part of governments, public institutions and agencies, and business.

A vital part of our research is facilitated by the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western. The Statistics Canada employees at the RDC provide researchers with access, in a secure university setting, to microdata from population and household surveys. The RDC also offers conferences, training, and workshops about statistical techniques and the use of data, not just for us at Sociology, but for all of Western. Projects undertaken at the RDC have generated products including master’s thesis, doctoral dissertations, and publications in books and journals. Check out RDC Highlights regularly for research findings by researchers using the RDC.


Sociology faculty and students also research within these interdisciplinary groups:

The Africa Institute

Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Centre for Migration and Ethnic Relations