Alex Dumas has received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (sociology) from the University of Montréal and has completed post-doctoral research in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. He has taught undergraduate courses in the sociology of health, gerontology and qualitative research methods, sociology of sport and history of sport. His research interests focus primarily on health inequalities and aging. Using qualitative research methods, his publications articulate social class, age and gender in order to understand health practices (physical activity, dieting, and rehabilitation).
His research can be defined globally under the heading of sociology of health and physical activity. Generally speaking, this area of research aims to further knowledge on the social mechanisms explaining the health practices of different social groups. It also informs policy in the areas of health promotion and injury prevention. This area involves collaborations with multidisciplinary teams, with both epidemiologists and physiologists.