Martin Cooke, PhD
Lead, Gender and vulnerable populations team
Member, Mapping health geography data and pharmacy access
Member, Pharmacist bias and pharmaceutical care project
Martin Cooke is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems and in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo, and Affiliated Scientist at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.
He leads with Nancy Waite OPEN’s Gender and vulnerable populations cross-cutting theme. He is also a member of the Mapping health geography data and pharmacy access project, an OPEN study that is examining the geographic distribution of community pharmacies relative to the residential concentrations of vulnerable populations. He is also a member of the Pharmacist bias and pharmaceutical care project, a study that’s examining implicit and explicit bias of pharmacists towards racial and ethic minority populations.
Martin’s research areas include Canadian social policy and the health and demography of Indigenous peoples. He has written about retirement and pensions policy in Canada, women’s experiences with social assistance, First Nations mobility and migration, and indicators of well-being for Canadian and international Aboriginal populations.
Martin is the co-principal investigator of a CIHR-funded project investigating the social determinants of obesity among Métis and off-reserve First Nations children in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the co-academic lead of Healthy Weights Connection, an intervention funded by PHAC’s Innovation Strategy, Achieving Healthier Weights in Canada’s Communities. He also co-directs the University of Waterloo Survey Research Centre.
Martin received his BA Honours from the University of Winnipeg and his MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario.