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Daniel Béland
Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Professor

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan

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Daniel Béland, a political sociologist who analyzes politics and public policy from a comparative and historical perspective, 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. He is also an Associate Member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Béland is currently working on research projects which focus 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. An overview of his Canada Research Chair program is available on the Research page of this website.

Professor Béland has published 11 books and more than 90 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 of the Canadian Journal of Sociology (2004), the International Journal of Social Welfare (2012), Governance (2012), the Revue française de science politique (2014), and Canadian Public Administration (2014). To support his research, he has been awarded three SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) standard research/Insight grants and two Canada Research Chairs (a Tier 2 followed by a Tier 1). Taken together, his awards and grants amount to more than $2.5 million CDN in external funding.

Professor Béland holds a PhD in Political Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where he returned as a visiting scholar in the spring of 2014. A Part-Time Professor at the University of Southern Denmark since January 2014, he has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the National University of Singapore, 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. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan in January 2008, he was on the faculty of the University of Calgary for six and a half years (Department of Sociology).

Professor Béland currently serves as Editor (French) of the Canadian Journal of Sociology and as a member of the editorial board of Politique américaine and Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press). Between 2006 and 2014, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of Research Committee 19 (Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy) of the International Sociological Association. In 2014, he became president of that research committee. 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). Additionally, Professor Béland is member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of the Scholars Strategy Network. Finally, in 2014, he was selected to join the initial cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

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, the National Post, and the Toronto Star (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).

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