Mathieu Albert is a sociologist whose work is at the intersection of higher education studies, medical sociology, and the sociology of science and knowledge. Much of his work focuses on interdisciplinary, knowledge communication across academic disciplines, and research policy.
Currently, he is looking at how the changing research policy landscape in Canada has potentially created new boundaries in health research. More specifically, his research explores the following questions:
- Are interdisciplinary policies in the health research field inadvertently creating new hierarchies among disciplines?
- What is the impact of these policies on knowledge production and what is seen as legitimate science in health?
- What strategies do scientific groups deploy to achieve legitimacy in this new research environment?
Answering these questions is critical, as we need to clarify whether interdisciplinary research policies are holding their promise of creating new, inclusive research environments in health or whether they are surreptitiously producing new hierarchies between scientific groups.
His current research program is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).