Keith Banting, professor, honorary doctorate recipient
It's been a fall of great accolades for Keith Banting: not only has he been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in Sweden.
“It’s a nice recognition from my European colleagues,” he says of the honour, “and it gives me confidence that my work resonates internationally.”
Dr. Banting is jointly appointed in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies. He also holds the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy. His recent work explores issues of multiculturalism, immigration and social policy, with a particular focus on the impact ethnic diversity has on the welfare state.
The issues are of particular relevance in Sweden, a once-homogeneous country that is now actively welcoming newcomers. Like Canada, the country has strong multicultural policies, which it combines with a particularly well-developed social safety net. Dr. Banting has worked collaboratively with Stockholm University for a few years, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Stockholm University Linnaeus Centre for Integration Studies, which is housed in the world famous Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Dr. Banting has always been interested in the politics of social policy, from income disparities between the rich and poor, to the impact of federalism on social integration. He honed in on his current area of research while on sabbatical at Harvard University a decade ago in an area that was understudied at the time. As our societies become diverse, Dr. Banting says issues of integration become increasingly important, especially as cities and countries strive to maintain a coherent sense of community.
Dr. Banting received his honorary doctorate at a traditional ceremony at Stockholm City Hall on September. 28.