Magaly Brodeur

Study program:
Ph.D. Applied Social Sciences
Current affiliation:
Université de Montréal

Magaly studies the impact of scientific controversies on public policies concerning gambling in Quebec.

Construction of public problems, social responsability and governance of products defined as a health risk: the case of gambling in Quebec

For her doctoral thesis, Magaly Brodeur will study the impact of scientific controversies on public policies concerning gambling in Quebec. Magaly believes that by examining public action through the prism of the construction of public problems, she will be able to uncover certains issues that can be impossible to detect using traditional methods of analysis. By retracing the process of the construction of public action in light of the impact of scientific controversies, she will demonstrate and explain the origins of the many flaws and inconsistencies in the management and regulation of gaming in Quebec. Her objective is to propose avenues to facilitate the governance of products considered to be a health risk and guidelines for the development of more effective public policies to prevent pathological gambling problems.

In the last few years, two main themes have guided the research interests of Magaly Brodeur: governmental ethics (corruption, conflict of interest, etc.) and public ethics (reflections on the living-together and public policies). Her multidisciplinary training (economics, international relations, history, political science, administration and public ethics) has allowed her to tackle, with a fresh and original outlook, the ethical questions linked to public policies as well as their processing and implementation. Her doctoral research explores the management and the regulation of potentially addictive behaviors for health.

Remaining true to her vision, Magaly’s work aims at instilling meaningful social impact such as improvement of life conditions, reduction of externalities related to activities involving risk, stronger public participation, strengthening of social capital, etc. In 2009, the Public Administration Institute of Canada, within the framework of their Thought Leadership Awards, awarded her with a gold medal for her work related to the politics of public morality. In 2010, she won the contest “Chercheur-Auteur de la relève des Presses de l’Université du Québec” for her manuscript “Vice et corruption à Montréal : l’époque de la prohibition des jeux de hasard et d’argent au Canada”.

Having studied at HEC Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and the National School of Public Administration (Université du Québec, Montréal), Magaly is currently a doctoral candidate at Université de Montréal in Applied Social Sciences and a student and researcher affiliated with the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM). She holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada, and she is also a part-time lecturer at the School of Applied Politics at Université de Sherbrooke.