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Tom McIntosh

PhD and MA (Political Studies) - Queen's University; BA Honours (Political Science) - University of Alberta

Office: CL 257.1
Phone: (306) 585-4400
Fax: (306) 585-4815

Research interests

My research is focused in two main areas related to health and health care. First I have a long-standing interest in how health policy gets made in a federal state such as Canada and the governance of health policy between the federal government, the provinces and the individual health systems in the country. Second, as Co-Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) I am part of an interdisciplinary coterie of researchers at both UofR and the University of Saskatchewan engaged in population health intervention research - addressing health inequities through direct interventions on the social determinants of health. SPHERU’s work includes the creation of new knowledge, independent policy analysis, and addressing health inequities through collaborative research with policy makers communities to develop strategies to reduce health inequities.

In addition to authoring or editing nine books, I have published articles in HealthCare Papers, The Canadian Journal on Aging, The Lancet, Health Reform Observatory, The Canadian Political Science Review, The Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law and The Southern Journal of Canadian Studies.

I joined the University of Regina in 2002 with an appointment to both the Department of Political Science and SPHERU. While at SPHERU I was seconded to run the Health Network of the Canadian Policy Research Networks, an Ottawa-based think tank, from 2004 until 2007. I returned to full time teaching in the department in 207 and served as Head of the Department of Political Science from 2010 until 2014 when it merged with the International Studies program. I was also the first Head of the new Department of Politics and International Studies from 2014 until 2018. I have also served as Co-Director of SPHERU since 2013.

Prior joining the University of Regina, I worked as the Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University from 1996 until 1999. I moved to Saskatchewan to be a Senior Policy Consultant to Saskatchewan Health (1999-2000) and Research Fellow at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (1999 to 2001). In 2001 I joined the staff of the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, headed by former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow, as the Research Coordinator. The Commission's final report, Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada, was submitted to Parliament in November of 2002. Along with Greg Marchildon and Pierre-Gerlier Forest, I co-edited the three volumes of The Romanow Papers (UTP, 2004) that collected much of the Commission's original research.

In addition to his ongoing research on the federal-provincial dynamics in health policy and health care reform, I am also currently part of a federally funded research project supporting interventions for people with dementia and their care partners in small towns and rural communities in Saskatchewan.