Dr. Paul Barker

Dr. Paul Barker

Job Title:

 Associate Professor, Political Science & Family Studies and Human Development


 Full-Time Faculty




 519.432.8353 x28278


 Ursuline Hall 340

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.P.A., Queen’s University
  • B.A., Queen’s University

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Health care policy, federal-provincial relations, Canadian politics


  • Political Science 1020E – Introduction to Political Science
  • Political Science 2230E – Canadian Government and Politics
  • Political Science 2231E – International Relations
  • Political Science 3339E – Public Management

Recent Publications

  • Paul Barker and John Church, "A Good Decision? The New Arrangement for Health Care in Ontario," Canadian Political Science Review 2021 15:1
  • Paul Barker, "Assessing the Removal of Regional Health Authorities in Ontario, " Canadian Public Policy 2021 47:3
  • Paul Barker, "Continuing the Narrative Turn in Public Administration Research, " Canadian Public Administration Spring 2021 64(1): 160-64 
  • Paul Barker and John Church, ‘Revisiting Regional Health Authorities in Canada,’ International Journal of Health Services, April 2017
  • Paul Barker and Tim Mau, Public Administration in Canada, 2nd (Nelson, 2017)

Current Research

  • Assessment of Regional Health Authorities in Canada
  • Role of narratives in government decision-making