Director of Health Education and Research, University of Victoria
Michael Hayes received his BA, Geography from McMaster University, his MSc, Health Sciences from McMaster University and his PhD, Geography at McMaster University.
Dr. Hayes' research interests involve social geographies of health, and health and public policy. He is Principal Investigator (PI) of the Urban Structure, Population Health and Public Policy project, a three-year project aimed at estimating variations in health status throughout the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (funded by the Canadian Population Health Initiative). He is also PI of the project entitled Telling stories: news media, health literacy and public policy. Funded by SSHRC, this research investigates how health is presented in Canadian newspapers.
He is co-PI (with Dr. Nadine Schuurman, Geography) on a CIHR funded project entitled Creation of an extended metadata format for public and population health research, policy and surveillance in Canada and co-investigator on the recently completed CIHR funded project Investigating socio-economic dimensions of housing and health with researchers from the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and Universite de Montreal. His third edited book with LT Foster is called Too small to see, too big to ignore: the health and well-being of children in BC (University of Victoria, 2002).
He is former associate editor (North America) of the journal Health and Place (Pergamon) and has been Associate Director of IHRE since its inception in 2001. He is a non-governmental representative on the Population Health Promotion Expert Group of the Public Health Agency of Canada.