Frank Trovato, PhD, MA, BA Honours

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-5934
427 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

Population Studies Demographic Methods Population Health Family Demography Macrosociology Fertility Mortality Migration


Frank Trovato (PhD, University of Western Ontario, 1983)

My research explores phenomena at the intersections of demography, social epidemiology and sociology, covering such topics as sex differences in cause specific mortality and life expectancy across industrialized countries, trends in youth suicide, immigrant health and mortality differentials, the geographic mobility of immigrants, the social demography of indigenous populations, and Canadian fertility in historical and contemporary contexts. My current research looks at trends and patterns of fertility in Alberta, as well as cause specific mortality fluctuations in relation to changing economic conditions in this province. Among my recent works, I have edited 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 and in Australia, Canada, and the United States. With Anatole Romaniuk, I co-edited Aboriginal Populations - Social, Demographic and Epidemiological Perspectives (University of Alberta Press, 2014). This book features works contributed by Indigenous Studies scholars from Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. The volume was a finalist in the 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. The first edition of my textbook, Canada's Population in a Global Context - An Introduction to Social Demography (2009, 2015, Oxford University Press) was awarded the Nathan Keyfitz Book Prize for an outstanding contribution to Canadian demography. Through my professional involvements, I have contributed significantly to the advancement of population studies in Canada. I have served as President of the Canadian Population Society and have participated as member of Statistics Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committees in connection with the development of population projections of the Aboriginal and visible minority populations of Canada. I have served on the editorial boards of Social Forces and Sociological Perspectives, and as series editor for Oxford University Press’ Studies on Canadian Population. For over a decade, I edited the journal Canadian Studies in Population, now owned and published by Springer Nature. 


SOC 251 - Population and Society

Population trends, issues and concerns in Canada and international contexts; social and cultural factors underlying fertility, mortality, and migration; urbanization; population change; population theory; and demographic analysis.

Spring Term 2020 Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
SOC 302 - Topics in Sociology

Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of the instructor. Note: Consult the Department for any additional prerequisites. Course may be taken more than once if topic(s) vary.

Fall Term 2020
SOC 459 - The Demography of Marriage and Family

Review and analysis of the demographic interrelationships of fertility, mortality, and migration with marriage and the family; a cross-cultural review of historical trends, contemporary patterns and future implications; emphasis on statistical measurement, family planning and policy in the Canadian setting. Prerequisite: SOC 271 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2021


Aboriginal Populations, Social, Demographic, and Epidemiological Perspectives
Author(s): Frank Trovato, Anatole Romaniu,
Page Numbers: 550
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Analyse sociodémographique de la fécondité d’après-guerre
Author(s): Frank Trovato
Publication: Cahiers québécois de démographie
Volume: 45
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 27-49
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Canada’s Population in a Global Context: An Introduction to Social Demography (Toronto, Oxford Press, 2015).
Author(s): Frank Trovato
Page Numbers: 624
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Narrowing sex differentials in life expectancy in the industrialized world: Early 1970s to early 1990s
Author(s): Frank Trovato and N.M. Lalu
Publication: Biodemography and Social Biology
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 20-37
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Teen Religiosity and Fertility in Adulthood in a Canadian Prairie Province
Author(s): Frank Trovato
Publication: Review of Religious Research
Volume: 58
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 271-284
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