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Charles Plante PhD, MA, BA Houston Family Research Fellow, U of S

Areas of Interest

  • Poverty and development
  • Population health and health systems
  • Social policy
  • Economic sociology and demography
  • Social epidemiology
  • Social Stratification
  • Welfare states
  • Research methods and social statistics

About

Charles Plante is the Houston Family Research Fellow, named for and funded by Dr. Stuart and Mary Houston,  great supporters of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in the advancement of social policy research. His research uses big data and advanced quantitative methods to document and untangle the causal determinants of population health and well-being in Canada and evaluate the ways in which social change and public policy can impact these. His research program is inherently interdisciplinary and often involves working collaboratively with partners in government and the community sector.

Designations

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, McGill University
  • M.A. in Sociology, Social Statistics Option/Concentration, McGill University
  • B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, with Distinction, Concordia University

Recent Grants/Awards

  • 2017 Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Scholarly Publication Program, $8,000
  • 2010-2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, $105,000
  • 2009 Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics, Matching Grant, $4,000
  • 2009 McGill Department of Sociology, Oswald Hall Prize in Sociology
  • 2008 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship, $17,500

Select Publications

Books

  • van den Berg, Axel, Charles Plante, Hicham Raïq, Christine Proulx, and Samuel Faustmann. 2017. Combating Poverty: Quebec’s Pursuit of a Distinctive Welfare State. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Plante, Charles, Rim Lassoued, and Peter W.B. Phillips. Under Review. “The Social Determinants of Cognitive
    Bias: Effects of Low Capability on Decision Making in a Framing Experiment.” Journal of Experimental
    Social Psychology.
  • Plante, Charles and Jason Jensen. Under Review. “Are Large Age Groups Hijacking the Welfare State? The
    Effects of Relative Cohort Size on Five Areas of Social Spending.” Social Forces.
  • Plante, Charles. 2019. “Policy or Window Dressing? Exploring the Impact of Poverty Reduction Strategies on Poverty among the Canadian Provinces.” Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
    35(1):112–36.
  • Fuller, Daniel, Joshua Neudorf, Stuart Lockhart, Charles Plante, Hazel Roberts, Thilina Bandara, and Cory Neudorf. 2019. “Individual- and Area-Level Socioeconomic Inequalities in Diabetes Mellitus in
    Saskatchewan between 2007 and 2012: A Cross-Sectional Analysis.” CMAJ Open 7(1):E33–39.
  • Raïq, Hicham and Charles Plante. 2013. “Trajectoires de Pauvreté et Monoparentalité : Le Québec Dans Une Perspective Comparative.” Sociologie et Sociétés 45(1):67.
  • Plante, Charles and Axel van den Berg. 2011. “How Much Poverty Can’t the Government Be Blamed For? A Counterfactual Decomposition of Poverty Rates among Canada's Largest Provinces.” Pp. 163–75 in
    Statistiques Sociales, pauvreté et exclusion sociale, perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et
    internationales, edited by G.Fréchet, G. D., and P. J. Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal.
  • Raïq, Hicham, Charles Plante, and Axel Van den Berg. 2011. “Les Interactions Entre La Famille et L’emploi: Les Enjeux et Les Risques de Pauvreté Au Québec Dans Une Perspective Comparative.” Pp. 190–204 in Statistiques Sociales, pauvreté et exclusion sociale, perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et
    internationales, edited by G.Fréchet, G. D., and P. J. Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

Reports

  • Plante, Charles. 2019. Measuring Trends in Health Inequalities in Cities: Key Findings from Phase 1. Urban
    Public Health Network.
  • Neudorf, Cordell, Daniel Fuller, Stuart Lockhart, Joshua Neudorf, Hazel Williams-Roberts, Thilina Bandara,
  • Charles Plante, and Lisa Thurairasu. 2016. Changes in Social Inequalities in Health Over Time in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Equity Study.
  • Plante, Charles and Stefan Roddau. 2015. The Business Case for a Living Wage in Saskatoon. Living Wage
    Saskatoon.
  • Plante, Charles. 2015. Living Wage Saskatoon: Methodology. Living Wage Saskatoon.
  • Plante, Charles and Keisha Sharp. 2014. Poverty Costs Saskatchewan: A New Approach to Prosperity for All. Poverty Costs.