Profile: Mark W. Skinner

Mark W. Skinner, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Mark’s research explores connections between the processes and outcomes of health care restructuring, the contemporary challenges facing the voluntary sector, and the provision of health and social care in the community.

Mark Skinner is a health, rural and social geographer. He received his PhD from Queen’s University (Canada) in 2005. His dissertation title was, Voluntarism and Long-Term Care in the Countryside. Following this, Mark took a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Guelph (Canada), where he was also awarded a Strategic Training Fellowship in HealthCare, Technology and Place, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). His other awards include a Canada-US Fulbright Scholarship, and a postgraduate scholarship from the International Society for Third-Sector Research, and in 2008 he was Invited Research Professor at Universite d’Angers in France.

Mark’s work scrutinizes the unanimous endorsement of volunteerism within restructuring welfare systems in Canada and internationally, particularly as it relates to understanding change in rural and small town settings. His research contributes to several areas including ageing communities, health and social care, public policy, restructuring, rural health services, and voluntary sector studies. Mark is currently principal investigator on two SSHRC-funded projects on Volunteer caregiving in the countryside and Services for seniors in ageing rural communities. He is also a collaborator on the CIHR New Emerging Team for Health in Rural and Northern British Columbia. He is also co-investigator (with Alun Joseph, University of Guelph) of an ongoing project looking at the interdependence of health system and rural sector change in Canada and New Zealand.

Mark may be contacted at and further information is available at Neither rain nor hail nor sleet nor snow: Provider perspectives on the challenges of weather for home and community care, Social Science Medicine, In Press, 2008, Mark W. Skinner, Nicole M. Yantzi, Mark W. Rosenberg

Updated: January 2009