Campus Directory: Tom Perks

University of Lethbridge

Tom Perks
Sociology Department
Office: A880 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2450


B.A., M.A. (Kinesiology); Ph.D. (Sociology)


Studies in social capital and voluntary participation, Sport and physical activity, Social inequality, Research methods

About Me

In 1997 and 1999, I received my B.A. and M.A. from the University of Western Ontario in Kinesiology. In 2005, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Sociology.

Research Interests

My research interests include, among other things, studies in social capital and voluntary participation, sport and physical activity, social inequality, and research methods.

I am currently working on two projects. The first explores the consequences of body size (height and weight) on socio-economic attainment, and how these factors affect women and men differently. This research is being carried out at the Prairie Research Data Centre in Calgary. The second explores levels of sport and physical activity over time in Canada and the U.S., using data from the Multi-National Time Use Surveys (MTUS).

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
“Does sport build social capital? The contribution of sport to a lasting participatory lifestyle in the community”
“What Shapes the Dwelling-Type Choices of Older Canadians? An Investigation Using the Aging and Social Support Survey (GSS16)”

Curriculum Vitae


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