Luc Thériault



Economics Dept.

Singer Hall 457

1 506 458 7108

I first studied sociology in Montreal obtaining a specialized B.A. from UQAM in 1985 and a M.Sc. from the Université de Montréal in 1987. I then completed my doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. dissertation relating to industrial research and development in 1995.

After Toronto I returned to UQAM, in the School of Social Work, where I taught as sessional instructor and did research as a post-doctoral fellow in social policy, concentrating on social housing issues. In 1997, I moved to the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina where I held for many years a cross-appointment between the university and the provincial government (Saskatchewan Department of Social Services).

I arrived at UNB in 2005 where I continue my research on the Canadian social economy. At UNB I teach courses in various areas including research methods and designs, program evaluation, sociology of science, Canadian society, sociological theory, and social policy.

Research interests

As a sociologist of organizations, my main interests are studying non-profit and charitable organizations (as well as co-operatives) in order to understand the challenges they face in a liberal capitalist economy and the contributions they make to our collective lives.

I also have a research interest in public and social policies, in particular as they relate to topics such as social assistance or immigration. I enjoy working with colleagues and use a variety of good quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods. I am fluent in French and English and do sociological work in both languages.

Selected publications

Holtmann, C. and L. Thériault. “Coming and going: the impacts of precarious work and non-citizenship on immigrant in- and out-migration in New Brunswick,” International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2017): 98-112.

Thériault, L. and H. LeBreton. (2015). “Social Assistance in New Brunswick: Origins, Developments, and the Current Situation.” Chapter 11 in Welfare Reform in Canada: Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective, edited by D. Béland and P.-M. Daigneault, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 209-221.

Thériault, L. (2014). Exploring 50 Years of Canadian Theses on Co-operatives. Journal of Co-operative Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1: 56-70.

Theriault, L., Low, J., & Luke, A. (2014). Negotiating the System: Social Workers in Home Support in New Brunswick. Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale, (70), pp. 64-77.

Thériault, L. (2012) "The Foundations of the Social Economy: Co-operatives, Non-profits and Other Social Enterprises." Chapter 2 in Social Economy: Communities, Economies and Solidarity in Atlantic Canada, edited by S. Novkovic and L. Brown, Cape Breton University Press, 2012, pp.22-38.

Thériault, L. and M. Haan. (2012). Non-profit Immigrant Settlement Agencies in New Brunswick: Answering the Call for Population Growth? Halifax: Atlantic Metropolis Centre Working Paper Series.

Thériault, L., Leclerc, A. and A. Wisniewski. (2010) Not just an Apartment Building: Residents: Quality of Life in a Social Housing Co-operative. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 1(1):82-100.

Gill, C. and L. Thériault. (2009) Using Conditional Sentences in Domestic Violence Cases: A New Brunswick Exploration. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 10(63/64):83-101.

Theriault, L. (2009) Moving Back into the Shadow: Social Economy, Social Policy and the Harper Government. In R. Laforest (Ed.) The New Federal Agenda and The Voluntary Sector. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 61-80.

Thériault, L., Skibbens, R., and L. Brown, A Portrait of Co-operatives and Credit Unions in Atlantic Canada. Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network, Working Paper 2008-01, Halifax: Mount Saint Vincent University, September 2008, 46 pages.

Thériault, L McTiernan, H., and C. Gill. “Resources and Challenges of Charitable Human Service Organizations in New Brunswick,” The Philanthropist, vol. 21, no. 3 (2008): 210-233.

Low, J. and L. Thériault. “Health promotion policy in Canada: lessons forgotten, lessons still to learn,” Health Promotion International, vol. 23, no. 2, (June 2008): 200-206.

Supervision areas

I am enthusiastic about supervising or co-supervising students who would like to study:

  • Organizational research – of various types and sizes of organizations, including the surveying of organization users/clients and their experiences;
  • Public policy – both critical and evaluative forms of evidence-based research;
  • Program evaluation – both to develop expertise in evaluation as well as to undertake evaluations.

Please contact me to discuss possible supervision for undergraduate, MA, and PhD research projects.