Dr. Reginald Bibby

Dr. Reginald Bibby is Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. He holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in Sociology and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. For more than four decades, spanning 1975 through today, Reginald Bibby has been monitoring social trends in Canada through a series of well-known national surveys of adults and youth, in the process gathering pioneering and historic data on religion and young people. He has presented his findings in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, lecturing at many leading universities. He is the author of numerous monographs and more than one hundred and twenty journal and magazine articles. A capsule of his findings and thinking is offered in a short, highly readable book, A New Day, which he has made available for free.

Professor Bibby is one of the country's better known academics. He continues to keep a close eye on social trends, while building on and extending the trends surveys as he explores where life in Canada is today and where it will be by our 200th anniversary in 2067. He has written more than a dozen books, including Fragmented Gods, Unknown Gods, Restless Gods, Beyond the Gods & Back, and The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice Are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada. To date, early 2019, more than 160,000 copies of his books have been sold.

Dr. Bibby’s work has been covered in virtually all of Canada's major dailies and has received front cover treatment by Maclean's magazine on four occasions. In addition, he has contributed articles to numerous newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette. He has extensive national television and radio appearances over the years and in the United States, his work has been given exposure by several prominent news outlets.

Professor Bibby's efforts to interpret his findings have taken him into an unusually wide variety of settings across North America and beyond. He is routinely sought after for comment, data, and presentations.


Research Interests: Development of Individuals; Communities and Social Life; Trends and Indicators; Religion; Social Organization and Political Systems; Social Transformations; Social Networks; Social Life / Societal Life; Sociology of Religion; Youth; Canadian Culture; Research Methods.

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