Profile: Bruce Newbold


Bruce Newbold received his Ph.D. in 1994 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Trained as a population geographer, he taught at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign between 1994 and 2000 before returning to McMaster in 2000. MIEH is an interdisciplinary research institute with a reputation for research excellence in the area of environment and health. He has also held a Guest Scholar position at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego, and a Visiting Scholar at the MRC Unit at the University of Glasgow.

Most of Bruce s research is quantitative in nature and draws upon publicly released data files, with more recent including qualitative aspects. He has written on aboriginal health issues, utilization of health care, aging, health status measures, and immigrant health. These writings have been published in journals including Social Science and Medicine, Health Economics, Health and Place, Economic Geography, The Professional Geographer, and various other regional science journals. He also authored Six Billion Plus: Population Issues for the 21 st Century (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), which looks at a variety of population issues including HIV/AIDS, fertility and mortality, and their broader implications.

Bruce s current research largely centers on immigration health issues, including work funded by SSHRC and CIHR. Research has focused on immigration and aging issues, uptake of preventative care by immigrants, immigrant use of health care facilities, and the refugee population in Canada. His current research also includes urban sustainability issues and the exploration of the correlates of blood donation in Canada. He is also a collaborator on other grants.

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Bruce Newbold February 2011. Dr. Bruce Newbold, Director of the McMaster Institute of Environment and Health, MIEH, and Professor, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton ON Canada. Bruce also serves in editorial roles with Growth and Change and Population, Space and Place. His research interests include internal migration, immigration and health, aging, environment and health, and population health.