Dr. Fred Wien

Fred Wien has an Honours B.A. in Political Studies and Spanish from Queen’s University (1962-66), and an M.A. and PhD. in Development Sociology, Government and Latin American Studies from Cornell University (1966-71).

His initial academic appointment was at the University of Western Ontario (1970-73) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where he was also cross-appointed to the Office of International Education. In 1973, he was appointed a Research Associate at the Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University, where he was one of the leaders of a major research program on low-income work in the Maritime region. He became the Director of the Maritime School of Social Work in 1981, serving in that capacity until 1986 and on an acting basis on two occasions more recently.

Between 1992-96, Dr. Wien served as the Deputy Director of Research at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples where he headed the research program on employment and economic development. Upon his return to Dalhousie in 1996, he continued as Professor in the School of Social Work, an appointment that changed to Adjunct Professor in June, 2009 and Professor Emeritus in July, 2010. He also serves as the nominated principal applicant for the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (AAHRP), funded by CIHR/IAPH. He has been the co-chair of the Steering Committee and chair of the Research Committee for the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP).  This project is a partnership between the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs and twelve of the region’s universities.

At the national level, he is a member and former chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (CIHR). He also chairs the “Make Poverty History” Expert Advisory Committee serving the Assembly of First Nations, and is a member of the Advisory Committee on Social Conditions for Statistics Canada.  For the period 2010-12, he is the nominated principal applicant for the CIHR-funded Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR) which is comprised of 9 mostly regionally-based centres devoted to capacity building in the field of Aboriginal health research.

Dr. Wien is the nominated principal applicant for a major 5-year CIHR-funded intervention research project being carried out in cooperation with the Assembly of First Nations. The project  focuses on a poverty reduction approach to improving the health and well-being of First Nation communities in Canada.

Current research interests:

  • Aboriginal economic development and poverty reduction
  • The social determinants of Aboriginal health

Contact information:

Dr. Fred Wien, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3J5

E-mail: Frederic.wien@dal.ca

Phone: 902-443-1413