Dr. Frank Trovato, University of Alberta

Dr. Frank Trovato is Professor of Demography & Population Studies, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. He is also a National Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. He received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario. He was Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Studies in Population, the official journal of the Canadian Population Society, and a past Director of the Population Research Laboratory in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He has served as President of the Canadian Population Society. Dr. Trovato’s research explores phenomena at the intersections of demography, social epidemiology and sociology: sex differences in cause specific mortality and life expectancy across industrialized countries; youth suicide; the health and mortality experience of immigrant populations; the internal migration of immigrants; the social demography of racial and ethnic minorities; and Canadian fertility patterns in historical and contemporary contexts.

Dr. Trovato is engaged in a series of studies concerning fertility patterns in Alberta and cause specific mortality trends in relation to changing economic conditions in this province. Among Dr. Trovato’s published works is Migration, Health and Survival - International Perspectives (2017, Edward Elgar), a volume comprising research by leading international scholars examining the health conditions of immigrant populations in selected European countries, Australia, Canada, and the United States. With Anatole Romaniuk, he co-edited Aboriginal Populations - Social, Demographic and Epidemiological Perspectives (University of Alberta Press, 2014). This volume, which features works by Indigenous Studies scholars from Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand, was a finalist in the 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. His textbook, Canada's Population in a Global Context - An Introduction to Social Demography (2019, 2015 second edition; Oxford University Press) was awarded the Nathan Keyfitz Book Prize for an outstanding contribution to Canadian demography. A third edition of the book is underway.


Research Expertise: Demography, Formal and Social; Quantitative Analysis of Population Phenomena; Mortality and Population Health; Sociology of Human Fertility; Social Demography of Immigrant, Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

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